Roger Goodell is an American sports executive who currently serves as National Football League Commissioner.
Following the announcement of Paul Tagliabue’s retirement as commissioner, Roger was chosen as a finalist along with three other individuals. In 2006, he was elected commissioner following a close vote.
Goodell has established a reputation as one of the most influential figures in the sports world since assuming the position of commissioner. Roger began his NFL career as an unpaid intern despite coming from a prominent family and having extensive connections. He is the son of the late New York senator and former congressman Charles Goodell.
Roger Stokoe Goodell was born in Jamestown, New York, on February 19, 1959. Roger, who was born into a family with deep ties to U.S. politics, became an active athlete in high school. His upbringing included four brothers. Roger participated in football, basketball, and baseball during his early years.
He was the captain of all three of his high school teams and planned to play college football. Nevertheless, his disabilities stopped him from doing so. He attended Washington & Jefferson College after high school and received a degree in economics.
Roger Goodell’s Net Worth
As of September 2022, Roger Goodell has an estimated net worth of $200 Million. In recent years, his annual pay has been a minimum of $50 million and has occasionally exceeded $60 million.
History of Roger Goodell’s Salary
Here is a chronological breakdown of Goodell’s earnings over the years. As can be seen, Roger’s income fluctuates significantly, with peaks of $45 million in 2014 and 2016. In 2018, the NFL stopped disclosing his salary, but he is reported to earn $50 million a year today.
|Net Worth in 2022||$200 Million|
|Net Worth in 2021||$183 Million|
|Net Worth in 2020||$165 Million|
|Net Worth in 2019||$151 Million|
|Net Worth in 2018||$135 Million|
|Net Worth in 2017||$118 Million|
On average, Goodell gets approximately $45 million per year in total remuneration (salary and bonuses). His normal basic income is approximately $7 million, and his typical bonus is between $35 and $40 million.
Roger Goodell Agreements
Roger signed a Contract Extension in 2017 to remain NFL commissioner until the beginning of the 2024 season. Goodell has stated that this is the last deal he will sign with the NFL. Roger’s contracts have always been primarily focused on incentives. In previous years, when he earned $7 million out of $45 million, 85% of his compensation was incentive-based.
According to reports, 90% of his new contracts are Incentive-Based. The bonuses are contingent on the league’s financial performance. When these incentives are considered, the Five-Year Contract may be worth at least $200 million. Since entering the NFL as an unpaid intern, Roger will have made over $500 million in pay and bonuses by the time he retires.
Goodell reportedly demanded $50 million in annual compensation and lifetime use of the NFL’s private jet during contract discussions in 2017.
In 1982, Roger began his illustrious NFL career as an unpaid administrative intern in the league office in New York. In 1984, Goodell rejoined the league office after briefly interning with the New York Jets. Roger was named assistant to the president of the American Football Conference in 1987.
Roger eventually attained the post of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2001, after serving under Paul Tagliabue in a number of capacities for more than a decade.
Roger was responsible for football operations, officiating, business functions, and NFL Ventures as the chief operating officer. Goodell was influential in the formation of the NFL Network and the collective bargaining agreement during this time period. Following Tagliabue’s retirement, Goodell was elected as the next NFL Commissioner.
During his tenure as commissioner, Roger has taken a number of noteworthy steps. He has indicated that protecting the integrity of the league and the sport of football is his top priority. Roger established the NFL International Series, which made it possible for several games to be played in Europe.
In addition, he established a new NFL Personal Conduct Policy in 2007 after controversies began to rise. Several players were suspended, some without pay, as a result of this new regulation.
2007 also saw the birth of “Spygate,” a scandal involving Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s videotaping of the New York Jets defensive signals. Belichick received a $500,000 fine, but he was not suspended. Roger’s input was necessary during the 2011 NFL Lockout. The matter was handled due to his negotiation skills and conflict resolution abilities.
In 2012, Bountygate once again engulfed the NFL in turmoil. This issue occurred after the Saints allegedly implemented a bounty program that awarded money to their defensive players for injuring opposing players. According to the allegations, Saints defenders were encouraged to end the game by severely harming rival players.
If the opposing players were forced to leave the game due to injury, the Saints defenders were rewarded. Consequently, Roger issued some of the toughest sanctions in the history of the NFL. The coaches were suspended for entire seasons and imposed hefty fines.
Other noteworthy topics during Goodell’s tenure include the 2012 lockout of referees and the growing worry over brain injury among players. To address the latter concern, a $675 million compensation fund was established for former NFL players who have suffered brain damage.
A District Judge, however, declined to accept the settlement. Deflategate was another significant issue, and in 2018 Roger notably instituted a policy mandating that all players stand during the national anthem. Those unwilling to stand have the option of remaining in the dressing room. In response to ongoing pressure from Marxist groups, Goodell has, however, shifted his stance slightly.
Goodell wed former Fox News Channel journalist Jane Skinner in October 1997, and the couple welcomed twin daughters in 2001. Tim, Senior Vice President of the Hess Corporation, and Michael Kenny, creator of the short-lived NBC sitcom The Book of Daniel, are two of his four siblings.
The fictional Webster family was partially based on the Goodell family. Andy Goodell, Goodell’s cousin, is a member of the New York State Assembly.
Goodell portrayed himself in an NFL 100 commercial that aired prior to Super Bowl LIII.