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Roger Goodell Earned $35M In '13, According To Recent NFL Tax Return

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell earned $35M in ‘13, according to the league’s most-recent tax return, a document the league made available to THE DAILY Friday afternoon. That sum is essentially flat with the prior year, when Goodell earned $44.2M -- an amount that included $9M of deferred pay. The NFL plans to file the return with the IRS Tuesday morning. The ‘13 pay figure does not reflect the turbulent past year for the NFL, a year when the league’s response to player domestic violence incidents received harsh criticism. Goodell often took the brunt of that heat. Next month, the NFL’s three-owner compensation committee is scheduled to set his pay for the time period that will include the ‘14 season.

“The Commissioner’s total compensation in 2013 is a fair reflection of his leadership and contributions during the year,” Falcons Owner Arthur Blank, Chair of the Compensation Committee, said in a prepared statement. “Compensation packages for Roger and other senior executives are reviewed annually; accordingly, the compensation committee will conduct a thoughtful review and make a determination of 2014 compensation in March.” The Compensation Committee meeting typically occurs during the league’s annual owner’s meeting in March. The other two members of the compensation committee are Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft.

Most of Goodell’s pay is bonus-based. In ‘13, for example, the owners paid him a $31M bonus, with the remainder of his compensation salary and other benefits. In ‘12, his bonus exceeded $40M (of which $5M was deferred pay).

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