Originally posted on Player Perspective  |  Last updated 2/13/12

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell speaks to members of the media during the NFL Commissioner Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 5, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Details about Roger Goodell’s new contract that makes him NFL commissioner through March of 2019 continue to emerge. Today media outlets like Pro Football Talk reporters that Goodell would be making around 20 million dollars by the end of the decade. In Atlanta Falcons’ WR Roddy White’s mind that is way too much. When he saw the salary report he tweeted:

“How in the hell can u pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch”

This is funny to me because it’s so rare for ANYONE, especially an athlete, to question how much executives make or to frame the conversation such that the players are more important than the executives. It almost never happens. I don’t think White is even aware of the fact that he said something extraordinary. I think White is more irreverent than he is smart. Were he not, he would have phrased his opinion differently. That doesn’t make his core point ‘wrong’ just unsupported.

Personally, I think we should question executive pay a lot more often. The entire lockout was a result of people who had a lot of money wanting even more. How much is too much was never fully discussed on the side of executives but talked about ad nauseam as it pertains to players. Executives always get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their salaries. There’s a presumption of genius there that is disturbing.

To speak to  Goodell, I do think his salary is a nod to how much he will have to contend with going forward as well as how much the league has grown under his tenure. Whether we like it or not, Goodell is going to maintain oversight of major changes to the game we all know and love. The dozens of lawsuits that have been filed thus far demand that he does. He is going to have a lot of work on his hands and his influence over the next phrase of the game will be much bigger than any players’.

Notice I decided not to make any jokees about White’s inability to run or catch during the Falcons’ wildcard game. My restraint is high today for some odd reason.





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