Roger Goodell Sits On The Throne

Roger GoodellWhen you make $10,000 an hour, you can afford a pretty nice throne. Believe it or not, that’s what Roger Goodell makes.  Well, that’s if he only works an eight hour day…….if he does 10 hours, it’s is a little less.  But still…..that’s still a pretty good hourly wage……actually, Goodell is probably the highest paid guy in all of sports.

No NFL All Star Quarterback or Coach even comes close. Perhaps this is the reason that Mr. Goodell seems to be all powerful and answerable to no one.  Actually, he does have to answer to the NFL team owners who pay his salary and bonuses which together amount to over $29,000,000 per year.

That’s not a mis-print.

As NFL Commissioner, Goodell hands out the fines each weekend to NFL players for offenses that only he calls and in amounts that only he sets.  At least these fines go to NFL Charities which is a good thing for a lot of folks in need. However, after his awkward handling of the BountyGate mess with the Saints and the blossoming number of law suits coming from former NFL players over the issue of concussions, Goodell has lost some ground in terms of his popularity and trust with NFL players and fans.

The guys and gals over at Sports Illustrated have compiled a curious collection of gothic looking swords and spears and such with Roger Goodell sitting in the middle of it all, holding what looks like Excalibur and sitting on what looks very much like a throne.  It is a cool caricature…..a bit over the top perhaps, but defiantly cool.

They call this latest compilation a “Power Issue” and they seem to be featuring Roger Goodell as the most powerful man in sports.

“Power resides where men believe it resides,” Steve Rushin writes, quoting Thrones, in the intro to the mag’s column. “It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”

According to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who also chairs the NFL Compensation Committee, “The National Football League is the most successful and best managed sports league in the world. This is in no small part due to Roger’s leadership and the value he brings to the table in every facet of the sport and business of the league. His compensation reflects that.”

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