|Net Worth:||$150 million|
|Income Sources:||NFL Contract, Business Executive|
|Age/Date of Birth:||64 years old (February 19, 1959)|
|Height:||5 feet, 11 inch (1.8 m)|
Often described as American football’s most powerful man, Goodell has been heavily criticized by fans and players for his unyielding approach and swiftness in dishing out suspensions.
However, the economist remains a darling to franchise owners, thanks to his shrewdness in pecuniary matters. His ability to negotiate super lucrative TV rights deals with numerous networks as well as his role in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has seen the league’s revenue skyrocket to unprecedented heights.
Who Exactly is Roger Goodell?
Roger Stokoe Goodell was born on February 19, 1959, in Jamestown, New York. His father Charles Ellsworth Goodell was a United States Senator from New York who replaced Robert F. Kenedy after his assassination in 1968. Goodell attended Bronxville High School, where became a three-sport star, captaining the football, baseball and basketball teams.
Crowned the school’s athlete of the year in his senior year, Goodell had amazing sports prospects. Unfortunately, his athletic career was truncated by an injury which cost him a collegiate football career. Undeterred, Goodell channelled his energy towards academics, studying Economics at the Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude in 1981.
Goodell’s climbing of the NFL administrative ladder started when he first entered the NFL as an intern. That was in 1982 and, he worked in the league’s front office in New York. He later had a brief stint as an intern with the New York Jets, before returning to the league’s office in 1984, working as an assistant at the public relations department. Three years later, in 1987, Goodell earned his first promotion to serve as an assistant to the president of the American Football Conference (AFC).
In 1990, Goodell became the director of international development and club administration under Paul Tagliabue. He steadily worked his way to the seat of the vice president and chief operations officer in 2001. After his boss Tagliabue announced his decision to retire, Goodell was perceived as his most probable successor. Goodell won the election ballots in 2006 to become the third commissioner in NFL’s history.
His tenure has seen an outstanding surge in NFL’s revenue over the years. It is believed that Goodell’s tough negotiating skills above other things, played a significant role in raising the revenue of the NFL much to the joy of team owners. Yes, he is loathed by players and fans for his hard-line attitude towards players in assault cases and most recently the extremely controversial Deflategate Scandal where Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady received a four-game ban culminated in sports lovers calling for his replacement.
However, his bosses consider these as periphery issues which have little or no negative effect on the progress of the sports business. They are clearly happy with how he has handled his primary assignment which is evident in the fat paychecks he continues to receive.
His non-NFL roles include seats on a number of boards including Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Analysis of Roger Goodell’s Contracts, Salary And Net Worth
When Goodell assumed his NFL leadership position in 2006, NFL’s revenue stood at $6 billion, in 2017, the figures over doubled to $14 billion with plans to reach $25 billion by 2027. As a result of these accomplishments, Goodell is duly compensated by team owners as his salary has equally enjoyed an exponential increase. Between 2013 and 2014, Goodell earned $78.3 million ($44.2 million in 2013 of which even Obama couldn’t believe and $34.1 million in 2014). Per ESPN, Goodell has earned a total of $180.5 million between 2006 and 2014.
Goodell’s salary/compensation took a sharp hike in 2011 shortly after the 2011 collective bargaining agreement with the NFL and NFLPA was reached. The new CBA ended the 2011 offseason lockout of players and gave the owners 10 years of relative cost certainty.
To put the TV rights revenue in view; DirecTV in 2014 signed an 8-year $12 billion deal with the league for rights to contents for their popular Sunday Ticket. Also under Goodell’s leadership, the NFL sold rights to its Thursday Night Football television package to NBC and CBS. The continuing healthy competition between online and cable providers would see the TV rights fee rise to a new high when the current deal does expire in 2020. The NFL might well reach their $25 billion revenue even before the proposed 2027 date.
Roger Goodell’s current contract was due in 2019 and with the financial progress the NFL is making under his tutelage, experts speculate that the team owners may throw him an even more lucrative contract extension, and this was what happened when he signed a new 5-year deal worth up to $200 million that could see him pocket $40 million a year. This is more than what tthe top NFL players who are mostly quarterbacks earn. However, should more egregious controversies continue to haunt him and eventually force him out of the position, Goodell will walk away as an extremely wealthy man. He has an estimated net worth of over $150 million.
His salary structure is no different from that of the CEOs of top companies like Yahoo, Nike, and CBS in that the bulk of his earnings stem from compensations and bonuses which are relative to the annual revenue/profit. His base salary as of 2014 which is the last year we get to see Goodell’s earnings was $3.5 million. While his earnings have been made public since 2006 because of the NFL’s non-profit status, that status is no more since 2014 as the league gave up its tax-exempt status. If anything, his critics would no longer have the evidence to get at him.
Although one can barely substantiate this, it has commonly been assumed that Goodell’s house on Bohemia Way in Scarborough, Maine is worth over $6 million.
Summary of Roger Goodell’s Salary Since He Became NFL Commissioner
Since Roger took charge as NFL commissioner back in 2006, he has earned a total of $338.7 million and is projected to cumulatively earn about $460 million by the time he retires in 2021.
2007: $6 million
2008: $12 million
2009: $10 million
2010: $10 million
2011: $12 million
2012: $29.5 million
2013: $44.2 million
2014: $45 million
2015: $40 million
2016: $45 million
2017: $45 million
2018: $40 million
2019: $40 million
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020 and the grave impact it had on the NFL, Roger who earns no less than $5 million every 4 weeks reportedly volunteered to slash his salary to $0 at the time. Thus in 2020, he didn’t take any money from the NFL as his salary. ESPN senior NFL insider Adam Schefter even tweeted about it.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell volunteered to reduce his salary last month to $0, per a league spokesman; it began earlier this month.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2020
Meet the NFL Commissioner’s Pretty Wife – Jane Skinner
Roger Goodell has been married to Jane Skinner since 1997 and together, they are parents to twin girls. As per Jane’s background, she was born on the 12th of February 1967 in Chicago, Illinois as the daughter of politician, lawyer, and businessman Samuel Knox Skinner and his wife, Susan Ann Thomas; a community and charitable worker. Jane has two elder brothers: Thomas Vernon Skinner and Steven Knox Skinner.
Jane attended Lake Forest High School in Illinois and graduated in 1985 before proceeding to Northwestern University where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism.
Following her graduation, she landed her first job at KBJR in Duluth, Minnesota as a political reporter before moving on to WITI, Milwaukee as an anchor; KMOV, St Louis; WCSH Portland, Maine as a general assignment reporter; WNBC-TV, New York City as a general reporter. Jane worked in all these places before the Fox News Network hired her services.
Jane began working with Fox News Network in 1998 as a general correspondent and later on began hosting a program titled Sunday Best. She went on to host Fox News Live, Skinnerville before she co-anchored Happening Now. It was the latter that made her immensely famous and it was also the last show she presented on Fox with Jon Scott on 14th June 2010 before she announced her retirement after 12 fruitful years with the media house. We learned, Jane quit her job so she can have more time to look after her twin daughters who were already 9 years old at the time.
Inside Look at His Marriage To Wife Jane Skinner
Roger Goodell and the former Miss Skinner dated for 4 years before they walked down the aisle on 25 October 1997. The couple’s marriage has been fruitful with twin daughters born in 2001. However, nothing is known about these girls in the media, apart from pieces of information here and there about them.
In 2016, Goodell had made reference to his daughters saying “I have twin daughters and a wife so I have to explain that to them,” when criticizing Donald Trump about his infamous grabbing women statement. Goodell added that Mr. Trump’s statement makes the NFL’s job of reducing domestic violence amongst players in the league more difficult.
On a more positive note, Jane while speaking with USA Today in an interview revealed that her daughters who were 14-years-old at the time were very athletic and play sports like tennis, lacrosse, soccer, and also track. Lastly in 2018, they made Elon News Network headlines when the news outlet reported the NFL commissioner’s tour of the campus. This sparked speculations that his twin daughters might be interested in attending the college.
Goodell and Jane’s daughters are already adults and should be starting off their careers already judging by when they were born. Seeing how successful their parents are, it’s hoped that they will follow suit.
Sometime in October 2017, it emerged that Jane has a secret Twitter account which she has been using to defend her husband from those who have negative things to say about the way he runs the NFL. When she got busted, she admitted that what she did was unintelligent. Nevertheless, she pointed out that the secret tweets were inspired by her love for her husband and the disturbance she gets for unbalanced new stories.
|Estimated Net Worth:||$150 million|
|Salary:||$40 million annually|
|Source of Wealth:||NFL Contract, Business Executive|
|Also Known As:||Roger|
|Profession:||Businessman, National Football League (NFL) commissioner|
|Famous For:||Being "the most powerful man in sports"|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Washington & Jefferson College|
|Educational Qualifications:||BA degree in Economics|
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||February 19, 1959|
|Birth Place:||Jamestown, New York, U.S|
|Country of Residence: ||United States of America(USA)|
|Height:||5 feet, 11inch (1.8 m)|
|Other Body Measurements:||N/A|
|Spouse/Partner:||Jane Skinner (1997-Present)|
|Family and Relatives
|Mother:||Jean Rice Goodell|
|Children:||Twin daughters -|
|Other Relatives:||Jack Kenny (brother-in-law)
Andy Goodell (cousin