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Big business. Big revenues. Big job. Big salary for the boss.
Every dime comes out of the owners' pockets. It's their money. We can complain all we want about the job we think he is or isn't doing; if they think he's worth that much, he's worth that much.
Technically, every dime comes from the fans.
The Pats may have a defense to go along with their offense.
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Popularity and performance are not one in the same when it comes to commissioners. Tagliabue was a consiliator, the guy who swept indiscretions under the rug and slapped people gently on the wrist and negotiated one CBA after another that was fracturing ownership between the haves and have nots and causing the cap to rise at a rate that outpaced growth in revenue. Goodell has been more an ownership concensus builder and enforcer who pursues agendas that the brightest businessmen owners want pursued while giving them cover with each other and their own constituents. Those owners wanted a commissioner who would crack down on old school rebels and mentalities and discipline violators as well as focus on growing the brand via agressive marketing at a time when it was presumed the league had reached saturation level and the specter of litigation over the violent nature of the game loomed. I know some here also believe that Kraft rode in on his white horse and saved the CBA. If you don't grasp that that whole scenario was pre scripted to lure the players into believing they were finally going to get a fair shake...then you're as gullible as the NFLPA and it's constituents who are now experiencing life under a flat cap...
Technically every dime any business makes comes from consumers. Who in many cases have little or no say in whether or not they consume the product. Football fans who don't like the way the league is being run can always become consumers/fans of some other sport. They don't seem inclined to. In fact the NFL game has never been more popular and is being consumed by more people in more ways than all but a handful of visionaries could have imagined even a decade ago. I heard the big boss at CBS tell Felger a couple of weeks ago that a network without football in it's programming portfolio can't survive. And despite what the networks pay for rights today, they make money on the product. Felger owes his success as a radio talk show host not to hockey...but to CBS for swooping in and securing the rights to it. Which is why Ordway should have been well down the list of guys Entercom canned over their recent ratings downfall.
These compensation stories are always interesting. The Commissioner of the NFL should be well compensated so long as the league succeeds in putting - and keeping - a quality product on the field. I am certain that Goodell's compensation is in line with other $9 billion businesses - if anything, it may be low.
Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the NHL makes around $9 million to run a dysfunctional $3.2 billion business that has a majority of franchises losing money. The costly lockout of 2012-13 was avoidable with just a touch of finesse from the owners' side and some leadership from the Commissioner.
David Stern is a dinosaur stuck in the 1990s and Bud Selig is reactive - mostly to what his fellow owners desire. Goodell is the most proactive of the bunch and leads a league that is technologically light years ahead of the other sports and adapting along with the media we all use to follow the league and our teams.
If Goodell is failing at anything, it is his lack of leadership on taking care of retired players upon whose shoulders, and injured brains and bodies, everyone's success is built. The players and their union should probably lead on this, but when battling for a share of league revenues, the Commissioner and the owners should be generous with those who made their franchises worth billions.
We bash Goodell for all sorts of stuff, especially the disciplinary actions to keep the employees from tarnishing the brand, but overall he is a better commissioner than his peers in the other major sports.
That and another dime won't even get you a pay phone call anymore, if you can find a pay phone.
The owners have all those dimes because fans buy tickets, concession food/drink, gear and, most importantly, the stuff that is advertised on TV.
But, for better or worse, the only thing that your loyalty/cash buys you is the right to watch, wear, eat, drive or play whatever is provided on the field, sold at the stadium/shops or presented in advertisements.
You're either "in" or "out."
The only real "voice" you have is to opt out. I tried that to a small degree after Spygate, when I refused to buy a Herald or click on its web page or watch HSPN or click on its web page for over a year. I gave up when I realized that even here dozens of folks were still posting links to each of those organizations.
Like the rest of us who post on this board, you seem to be, beyond a doubt, "in."
It is what it is. It wasn't what it wasn't.
The NFL’s exemption stems from a 1966 law, passed at the time of the merger with the old American Football League, specifically allowing “professional football leagues” to enjoy 501(c)(6) status as tax-exempt trade organizations. Other leagues have piggy-backed on that legislation to claim that status themselves.
Major League Baseball also used to enjoy the same tax-exempt protection, but in 2007 it chose to surrender that status in part because as the salary information above illustrates, tax-exempt, non-profit status requires you to report the salaries of your top executives. MLB decided that protecting that information from the public was more important than escaping taxes.
In 2010, the registered NFL nonprofit alone received $184 million from its 32 member teams. It holds over $1 billion in assets. Together with its subsidiaries and teams – many of which are for-profit, taxed entities – the NFL generates an estimated $9 billion annually. Each of its teams are among the top 50 most expensive sports teams in the world, ranking alongside the world’s famous soccer teams. Almost half of professional football teams are valued at over $1 billion
"If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from ... the values that make us who we are, as Americans -- well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. Not here in Boston. Not here in Boston."
—President Barack Obama, April 18, 2013
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