He's top man for a multi-billion dollar enterprise that is as successful (an enterprise) as it has ever been.
His employers (the only opinion that counts) felt his service warranted this compensation.
Since people brought it up, a few points:
-It is not the Commissioner's Job to do the Union's Job for them. Things like retirement benefits, pesions, those are items the Players Union is responsible for negotiating to get if they want them. It's not the Commishioners job to simply have them out. He is not the U.S. Government. he does not run a players charity when he's running the NFL itself. It's a business.
-Speaking of the Government, you'd have to be willfully not looking to see what Goddell is doing what he's doing on the concussion issue. He must be seen to be addressing "workplace safety" of the Federal Government WILL address it for him, and their interests are not the league/fan's interests. Want flag football, do nothing and wait....the Government will make it happen. Think "steroid hearings". The NFL is a business, and Congress can (and will) regulate it.
-It's irrelevant if you (or I) think he's doing a bad job, or is an idiot. We do not employ him, nor are we judging on the criteria his employers do (i.e. labor agreement/peace, profitabillity, rating, public relations, corporate relations, ad. revenue, etc). A single Fan's view is as meaningless as it comes.
Him being paid more than players is no different that a CEO being paid more than his firm's best salesman. Thats to be expected, honestly.
Really, it's odd that anyone cares what he makes. I'm at a loss as to how it affects us, or matters to us, and has any relation to us fans what he's paid.
When a business as a matter of course grinds up the health fo it's employees so much that it's a given they will be crippled later in life, it's incumbent to do their level best to seethey have excellent health care as they get older. Otherwise you have HoFers like Mike Webster living in fridge boxes under highway overpasses, or Earl Cambpell stuck in a wheelchair popping pills, or Dave Duerson and Junior Seau committing suicide, or Harry Crason saying he wished he never played football given how it's compromised his health . The fact that their union is run stupidly is irrelevant. And when the NFL babbles about 'safety" and runs that idiotic tackling-free and blocking-free ad(Goodell's "vision") even the Commissioner knows it.