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February 17, 2015

Commissioner of Nonprofit NFL Earned $35-Million in 2013

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $35-million in 2013, The New York Times reports, citing the nonprofit league's latest Internal Revenue Service filing. Mr. Goodell's compensation was about 20 percent lower than in 2012, when he received a one-time, $9.1-million deferred payment.

The 2013 wages included a $3.5-million base salary and a $31.1-million bonus approved by the 32 NFL team owners. The league office signed major television and sponsorship deals, settled a landmark suit brought by players over concussions, and boosted its revenue by 11 percent during its 2013 tax year. Mr. Goodell's pay "is a fair reflection of his leadership and contributions during the year," said Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who chairs the league's compensation committee.

The NFL's hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue, and Mr. Goodell's handling of controversies like domestic-abuse charges against star players, have led some members of Congress to call for a review of the league's tax-exempt status, most recently new House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz.