During the 2011 NFL lockout, commissioner Roger Goodell earned a salary of just $1. However, after a collective bargaining agreement eventually reached, his pay scale went up... tremendously.
According to ESPN.com (and documents obtained by The Sports Business Daily), the NFL commish took in $29.49 million in 2011, while league general counsel Jeff Pash, who also reduced his salary to $1 during the lockout, came away with $8.8 million in total compensation.
That's a big jump, compared to Goodell's $11.6 million salary in 2010.
"The NFL is the most successful and best-managed sports league in the world," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement to The Sports Business Daily. "This is no small part due to Roger's leadership and the value he brings to the table in every facet of the sport and business of the league. His compensation reflects that."
Goodell's payday likely makes him the highest-paid commissioner in sports. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and NBA commissioner David Stern earn in the range of $20 million annually.