Roger Goodell signs on for another five years at $40 million a year.

Can someone explain why the NFL needs to pay him all that money? It’s not as if he were a worldclass athlete indispensable to fan pleasure. He doesn’t even seem to have been doing such a terrific job of presiding over the inherent contradictions of this inherently violent sport (let alone Inflategate). But even if he were, couldn’t they get someone to do it for a lot less? (I, for instance, would do it for a lot less.) I guess I’ll never understand capitalism.

He must have some hugely valuable talent that’s not obvious to the casual observer. What is it?

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