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One more year of Goodell’s pay will be made public


Yes, the NFL has decided to change the league office from tax exempt to taxable. It means that the league eventually will be able to keep secret the money paid to Commissioner Roger Goodell and other top executives.

But not yet. Specifically, one more report will be filed, showing the compensation given to Goodell and others through March 31, 2015. Which will reflect the money Goodell made -- or didn’t make -- in 2014, the year in which he presided over the Ray Rice P.R. debacle.

Goodell’s compensation hit $44 million in the year ending March 31, 2013, and dropped to a paltry $35 million in the year ending March 31, 2014. The dollars paid -- or not paid -- to Goodell in the next (and final) report will say plenty about ownership’s ultimate reaction to the scandal.

As explained by Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the NFL has decided to abandon the tax-exempt status for the league office because mischaracterizations of the practice have become a distraction. And the mischaracterizations have been rampant dating back to 2009, when then-new NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith began attacking the tax-exempt status as part of the P.R. battle that hit boil during the lockout of 2011.