Goodell reduces salary to $0, National Football League workers taking pay cuts

Ruben Hill
April 30, 2020

With that said, it's much easier to deal with that aspect of the role when you're getting paid the ungodly amount of money that comes with overseeing daily operations, and I think most people would be more than happy to put up with the abuse commissioners are routinely subjected to if they were getting paid tens of millions of dollars every year.

Commissioner Roger Goodell volunteered in March to reduce his salary to $0, an offer that team owners approved, a league spokesman told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The reduction will be 5 percent for workers up to the manager's level, 7 percent for directors, 10 percent for vice presidents, 12 percent for senior vice presidents and 15 percent for executive vice presidents.

The NFL is implementing salary cuts and furloughs, according to multiple news reports.

In a memo sent to league office staffers, Goodell also said no employee earning a base salary of less than $100,000 will be affected by these reductions, and no employee's salary will be reduced below $100,000 by the reductions.

McCarthy said the NFL continues to move forward with the hope and expectation of having a 2020 season that starts on time in September, and that the pay cuts and furloughs are not indicative of any decreased optimism about the league's ability to conduct a season.

Goodell said individuals who are unable to perform their duties from home or whose workload has been reduced will enter the furlough program, which will become effective May 8.

The NFL plans to release its regular-season schedule around the second week in May, and now is allowing virtual workouts coordinated by teams.

While the National Football League has gone about business as usual with free agency and the draft - and now is planning to play a full season beginning in September - it clearly is feeling the same economic pinch as other sports.

"It is clear that the economic effects will be deeper and longer lasting than anyone anticipated and that their duration remains uncertain", Goodell wrote. "But part of that strength is the result of careful planning and a willingness to act responsibly".

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