Mark Emmert's had a pretty rough year. The organization he presides over is in the midst of a legal battle to preserve its free labor market, his competence has been questioned at every turn, and dang it, people just like making fun of him. His job performance has been so poor that we discovered that he was terrible at his previous jobs too.
So with all that in mind, of course he's still drawing a discouragingly large salary. Emmert made $1.7 million dollars during his first year on the job in 2011, according to USA Today, and I'm going to take a wild guess and assume he isn't making any less in 2013. His compensation breaks down as such:
$1,201,159 in base compensation
$234,300 in retirement and deferred compensation
$214,947 in other compensation
$23,689 in nontaxable benefits
If only we could all be compensated so handsomely for being horrible at our chosen professions.