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Roger Goodell

Like any good NFL teammate would, Commissioner Roger Goodell has restructured his multiyear contract in order to help his team. Rumor is, Goodell also restructured his contract so his team can sign some defensive help in the form of a big name linebacker or perhaps a cornerback. Hey, Pacman’s available!!! Wait, what?

Of course, Goodell’s reduction in pay is due to the country’s current economic dire straights, an idea Jim Calhoun wants no part of. Not only did the NFL’s Commissioner cut his salary by 20 percent (2.2 million of his $11 million salary), his office announced the league staff has been reduced by 15 percent as well. Again, these layoffs and salary reductions are being done because of the economy, but it also brings up an interesting scenario: If the country’s most popular sport is having a hard time making ends meet, what does it mean for other pro leagues?

It’s all about the economy, brother — after the jump >>