NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Work Without Remuneration Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Published 04/30/2020, 5:31 PM EDT


The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted sporting activities all over the world. Fans craving for action is not satisfied and in turn, the leagues have taken financial hits. As a result of this leagues and teams have begun asking employees and players to take pay cuts. Some teams have furloughed employees. In a time like this, the NFL commissioner has set a wonderful example.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to work free of charge

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news late last night. In the Tweet, he wrote, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell volunteered to reduce his salary last month to $0, per a league spokesman; it began earlier this month. 

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As per a league memo obtained by ESPN, employees earning more than $100,000 will face tiered pay cuts. 5% for managers, 7% for directors, 10% for Vice Presidents, 12% for senior Vice Presidents, and 15% for Executive Vice Presidents. 

Schefter put out another Tweet saying the salary decision was not related to the “league’s prospects for the 2020 season. League is planning on playing the 2020 season as scheduled at this time, and will be prepared to make adjustments if necessary.” 

The memo also highlights the league’s intentions to get furloughed employees back to work “within a few months.

As per an ESPN report, Major Leagues across the country are sailing in the same boat. NHL’s office executives’ salaries are slashed by 25%. The same holds for MLS headquarters employees. Also, MLB Chairman Rob Manfred cut senior salaries by 35%.

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As of this moment, the NFL is planning to go ahead on schedule. However, earlier this month NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “we continue to plan for the season as scheduled, including the Super Bowl, and will be prepared to adjust as necessary.

The commissioner Goodell spoke about the same when on ABC show Good Morning America. Here he said, “One thing I’ve learned about what we are going through as a country is you can’t tell a week from now much less three months from now,” Goodell said. “So, our job is to be ready. We will obviously be ready to make alternatives.

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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