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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 01/26/2011

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to cut salary to $1 if lockout occurs

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 3:20 p.m.

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has a counteroffer for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's $1 salary:

NFL executives reducing salaries in the event of a lockout? If we have a deal by Super Bowl, I'll go down to 68 centsless than a minute ago via web

Filed at 10:36 a.m.

If there is an NFL lockout, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to cut his pay to $1.

That's one dollar. 100 cents. Ten thin dimes. Goodell informed owners of his plan in a letter obtained by Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.

Not that he'll be shopping for generic labels. He did, after all, earn $9.76 million in 2009. The cuts won't end with him, however. Jeff Pash, the NFL's chief negotiator, has asked that his salary be sliced to $1 in the event of a lockout. And, according to a letter sent to team owners by Goodell, bonuses for vice-presidents will not be paid in full until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. (VPs will get 90 percent of their bonuses, senior VPs 75 percent and executive VPs 65 percent.) Annual bonuses for office staff will not be paid until April.

By Cindy Boren  | January 26, 2011; 10:36 AM ET
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I realize this is posturing in the half-assed disguise of risk management via self-sacrifice, and I realize that's just part of the lengthy, arcane ritual which is the NFL labor agreement process... but still. C'mon, Roger, this isn't about *you*. This is about having an NF of L season next fall.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 26, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse


For all the good that you do, cut your salary to $1.00 RIGHT NOW!

A McD double-cheesebuerger is more satisfying & a far better value.

Goodell is greatly responsible for the NFL being the No Fun League!

Posted by: FormerBullisBulldog | January 26, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't get too excited about this. He and any other dollar-do-gooders will get it ALL back, as back-pay or similar, and probably with a bonus on top for "resolving" the lockout, et al, which will be entirely ironic b/c they will have allowed it in the first place. So you see, for allowing the almost-certain lockout, they will be 1) repaid, and 2) probably held up by the media as "saviors" if/when it is finally resolved AFTER the fact. All of this for just doing their job. Pathetic.

Posted by: redrocket | January 26, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Player strike, lockout, whatever. It's time for a fan srike.

Posted by: catfish22181 | January 26, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Trade Snyder as an owner to the CFL and I'm fine with it.

Posted by: FLvet | January 26, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

One of the above comments reminds me of what's coming from "fans." The same thing "fans" said in 1982 and 1987, and in baseball in 1991 and 1994---

I'm never watching another game again. I'll never again support the team. I'm through being a fan. Neither the owners nor the players deserve.

Get a grip before you get a life.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | January 26, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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