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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Roger Goodell and Under Inflation

It’s about an hour and a half until the Super Bowl kickoff, and I’m thinking about Inflation-gate and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  I was among the mystified hoi polloi, when Goodell announced that he had not seen the video of Ray Rice cold cocking his girl friend in an elevator until many months afterwards.  Apparently he had been vacationing in Neverland.  That was kind of sad, but he’s a swell fellow with a base salary of $7.2 million and bonuses which brought his total compensation in 2012-2013 to $44.2 million, so I guess all is forgiven.  I watched his press conference this past week, a full ten days after the under inflation problem was discovered at half time during the NFC championship game against the Indiana Colts.  A reporter asked him how the problem had been discovered.  He didn’t know.  He was asked if there had ever been a case like this.  He didn’t know, but said he would check.  He was asked if there were specific penalties for tampering with equipment.  He didn't know.  There were a few more follow-up questions; he had no answers. I wonder if he would have had the answers if his base salary were $10 million.  Probably not.  He used to be an actor; perhaps he applied to be a Commissioner because he was unable to learn his lines.  I have one other question.  Goodell has been commissioner since 2006 and has a net worth of $75 million.  If he makes $40 million a year, where did all that money go?  (The numbers come from a website called “Celebrity Net Worth).

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