President Obama was surprised to learn that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gets paid a whopping $44 million a year. Peep Game
President Obama sat down with HBO’s Bill Simmons for a lengthy interview published in GQ on Tuesday, and among the numerous topics discussed was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Simmons, who has been vocal in his criticisms of the commissioner, broached the subject of Goodell by bringing up a hypothetical situation in which three of the major sports leagues were looking for a new commissioner.
Simmons asked Obama whether he would be interested in any of them:
Simmons: Baseball, football, basketball, all the commissioner jobs open up next year. Which one would you want?
Obama: Well, I’m best suited for basketball. But I cannot believe that the commissioner of football gets paid $44 million a year.
As Obama noted, Goodell reportedly makes $44 million a year in salary and bonuses, a figure that has skyrocketed during his tenure.
Simmons: When you said, “I cannot believe …” I didn’t know where you were going with that. Have you thought about calling Roger Goodell and being like, “What are you doing? Can I help you?” [Obama laughs.] “Can I give you some advice? Want to have dinner?”
Obama: They’re making a profit, and I think that’s what the owners are most concerned with.
Simmons tries again, to no avail:
Simmons: So you think the owners like having him there?
Obama: You’re not going to drag me into your fights, man. Come on — I’ve got enough fights of my own. [laughs] This is between you and Roger.
Mediaoutrage– What are your thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earning more money than the actual players that the league’s profitability is built on???