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Roger Goodell paid $44.2 million in 2012

NFL owners defend Goodell's compensation Aaron Wilson

Print This February 14, 2014, 06:43 PM EST

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is extremely well-compensated.

He was paid $35.1 million in salary, bonus and pension compensation, an incentive payment of $5 million and a $4.1 million pension payment from the lockout from 2011, according to an NFL tax filing. So, he made a total of $44.2 million.

Under Goodell's stewardship last season, the NFL made over $10 billion.

“I have had the privilege of working with Roger Goodell closely over the past eight years,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. “He provided great leadership and vision in helping navigate through a major labor negotiation and extending our TV contracts, which in fact have created a decade of stability that is unheard of in today’s sports and entertainment environment. I feel that as Commissioner he runs the business as if he were an owner-operator. I consider him to be one of the most outstanding managers in the country. We are lucky to have him at the helm.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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