Goodell will take pay cut

Believing it will take a collective sacrifice from his league to help beat this economic crisis, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will take a pay cut for the league fiscal year that ends March 31, a league official confirmed Friday.

Goodell’s compensation is expected to be down 20-25 percent, with the commissioner’s bonus to be determined later this spring.

Goodell also has agreed to freeze his roughly $11 million salary for the 2009 season even though his contract entitles him to an automatic salary increase. He is forgoing the increase as part of a league-wide, cost-cutting plan that includes freezing the salaries of all NFL employees.

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