Tax-Free NFL Pays Commissioner $29.5 Million A Year


Roger Friedman
Showbiz 411
January 22, 2014

NFL made a charitable contribution of one-one hundredth of its annual income. Credit: pdaphoto via Flickr

NFL made a charitable contribution of one-one hundredth of its annual income. Credit: pdaphoto via Flickr


As the Super Bowl approaches New York much like a blizzard, here are some things to think about: in 2012, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.5 million to run the organization. And that’s not all. The NFL, if you didn’t realize it, exists as a 501 c 6 organization. It’s not for profit!

In order to have that status, the NFL must be run as a charitable foundation. In 2012, they gave away a meager $2.3 million. Almost all of it – $2.1 million – went to the NFL Hall of Fame.

Goodell made 15 times what the group donated to other charities.

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