The kickoff of the NFL season officially launches another race to the Super Bowl … and unprecedented revenues for the league. But despite sky-high revenues, the NFL relies on billions of dollars in taxpayer money to build and renovate NFL stadiums all over the country.
This year, the NFL is projected to bring in $13 billion in revenue, and the league is well on its way to hitting the $25 billion revenue goal for 2027 that Commissioner Roger Goodell has set.
Meanwhile, Goodell’s salary has witnessed a comparable meteoric rise. He took home $44 million last year, and a total of $74 million from 2012 to 2014. To put that into perspective, that’s almost as much as the taxpayers kicked in to help build the Washington Redskins’ FedExField in 1997.
While taxpayers are keeping NFL stadiums afloat, it’s becoming prohibitively expensive for people to attend games.