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The NFL is awash with big bucks and big contracts these days and you would think that the money would spread around the league, but that's not the case. 

It seems that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earns quite a tidy sum according Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily, who says Goodell makes $44.2 million a year, which is more than any NFL player in history. 

Those figures are relevant to the 12-month span that ended March 31, 2013, and it includes $9.1 million in deferred pension and bonuses from the year before.

Before the lock-out Goodell's pay total hadn't reached more than $11.5 million, but since then his pay packet has certainly brought some criticism.  

Now we have to remember that the NFL is a very well run business that continues to grow due to new labor deals and television deals. 

As a result Goodell is obviously looked on favorably on by his bosses, and pay rises are a result of meeting targets that he has obviously met. 

NFL owners Arthur Blank, Robert Kraft and Jerry Richardson agree with this as the NFL continues to expand.

“Goodell’s compensation reflects our pay-for-performance philosophy and is appropriate given the fact that the NFL under his consistently strong leadership continues to grow," they said in a statement Friday. 

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