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Goodell made $44 million in salary

REUTERS — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned $44.2 million in compensation during a 12-month span that ended March 31, 2013, according to Sports Business Daily.

However, that amount includes $9.1 million in deferred pension and bonuses earned the previous year.

Goodell’s reported compensation a year ago was nearly $30 million. He had not made more than $11.5 million in a season before the 2011 lockout.

The amount likely makes Goodell the highest-paid executive in sports. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig made $22 million in 2012, according to ESPN. However, other sources indicated the figure may have actually exceeded $30 million.

In recent years, MLB changed its tax status to for-profit, so it is not required to publicize its earnings.