New Nike uniforms were not the only bit of NFL news released on Tuesday. The league's tax returns were released, and they revealed that it was a very good year to be commissioner Roger Goodell. According to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, the league's tax returns revealed that Goodell earned $11.55 million for the year ending March 31, 2011.
Goodell was not the highest paid employee. That honor belongs to Steve Bornstein, NFL Network President and CEO, who made $12.2 million.
The league's Form 990, the tax return document for tax-exempt organizations, revealed additional details about spending. The biggest expense outside of salaries was for rent; the NFL spent $11.4 million in that area. Travel was on the list as well, costing the NFL $7.6 million. The NFL also paid Microsoft $2.7 million for software.
The league's finances are public because of the NFL's status as a tax-exempt organizations. Teams are for-profit entities; their financial information does not have to be disclosed, except in the case of the publicly held Green Bay Packers.