Top salaries for NFL employees made public

Roger Goodell isn’t the highest-paid employee in the NFL offices.

Heck, there is even a former employee pulling down more than him.

But the commissioner, who is engaged in negotiations to iron out a new collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA, is doing good for himself. Goodell earned $9.89 million in 2010, according to tax return documents filed by the league that are public record. Steve Bornstein, the executive vice president of media and leader of the NFL Network, eaned $12.65 million, according to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue earned $12.51 million but according to the report it was largely retirement and deferred pay that he pocketed. Per the report, it’s unfair to survey Goodell’s pay vs. Bornstein because Bornstein should be compared against other television executives, who command huge salaries. The NFL made several key developments with TV contracts in the last year.

Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, earned $5.53 million. It’s another big salary for a man working toward a labor settlement.

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