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If that figure seems high to you, you're not alone. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is not on board with Goodell's salary. He fired off a bunch of tweets about it, which I've compiled here and edited as best I could for purposes of readability. Here's Roddy:
How in the hell can you pay a man this much money, that can't run or tackle or catch? Roger Goodell is getting over, never seen anything like it, 20 million for looking over the league with tremendous help. I guess the NFL is banking. The NFL is not a company, it's a nonprofit organization that makes a lot of profit.
I'm not into arguing who is and isn't overpaid. I mean, it's a free-market economy, and if you can generate revenue, then you get paid. Yes, we end up with linebackers making 370 times the salary of a school teacher, and that's obscene, but that's capitalism. I know that no one is suggesting socialism as an alternative.
The same system that allows Roger Goodell to make $20 million a year is the same system that allows Roddy White to sign a six-year deal worth $48 million. Who's overpaid? The guy making $20 million who wears a suit and makes decisions in board rooms, or the guy who wears a helmet and catches oblong pigskins?
I offer no answer of my own. I just hope both men are able to find peace with themselves and their salaries while driving around in their Bentleys.
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