Goodell made best better
Is this a trick question? Like who's buried in Grant's tomb? Sports' highest-paid commissioner should be the leader of the most successful league, the venture that draws the largest audience and rakes in the most cash. Bless their hearts, that is not Gary Bettman,
Yes, the NFL's Roger Goodell inherited a gold mine from Paul Tagliabue and
Shouldn't be Selig
Los Angeles Times
By most measures the best commissioner is Roger Goodell of the NFL because he has continued the growth in revenues and franchise values and negotiated a new labor deal without losing regular-season games. NBA boss David Stern is widely regarded as the dean of commissioners, but his legacy was tarnished by losing part of this season to a
Bud Selig negotiated a labor deal that ensures MLB peace over the next decade, which owners apparently believe justifies paying him roughly $22 million a year and making him the highest-paid commissioner in major league sports. Not their first mistake, is it?
Two best: Selig, Goodell
Nothing against David Stern, Tim Finchem or Gary Bettman, but in the modern landscape of sports executives, there are two guys who stand above the rest. They, of course, are Bud Selig and Roger "Tuck Your Shirttail In, Son'' Goodell.
One of the two has crawled through muck and mire to personally help dozens of players out of tough spots while also guiding his game to unprecedented heights. That's Selig. You probably shouldn't have to pay him that much. I bet he'd stick around for the major league minimum.
The guy who needs to be paid is Goodell. After all, he's got Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder to put up with. That's real work.
Goodell's league rules
The NFL has never been more popular, and Goodell managed to steer his league through a labor crisis without any damage.
So if Bud Selig is pulling in more than $20 million a year — his reported salary — Roger Goodell should be in the neighborhood or even higher.
Stern's mishandling of the Chris Paul trade is enough to keep him below Goodell. Gary Bettman's longtime infatuation with warm-weather markets drops the
Goodell's league is at the top of the sport world, and his salary should reflect that.