NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is accepting a pay freeze in 2009 and cut his total compensation for 2008 by 20-25 percent, USA Today reports.
As part of a league-wide salary freeze, Goodell's pay will stay at $11 million, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the newspaper. He also will take a cut in salary and bonuses for the fiscal year 2008, which ends March 31.
"The commissioner believes it will take a collective sacrifice of everyone to get through this difficult economic environment," McCarthy said.
The NFL is reducing its staff of 1,100 by 10-15 percent at its New York headquarters, NFL Network and NFL Films, according to the newspaper. That will likely mean a reduction of around 150 staffers.
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