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Richard Scudamore pay-off: A look at sport’s best paid bosses

Richard Scudamore pay-off: A look at sport’s best paid bosses

The Premier League executive chairman will receive £5million over the next three years after he has stood down.

The Premier League’s decision to pay outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore £5million over three years has been heavily criticised.

Scudamore’s regular salary is reported to be £900,000, plus a bonus of more than £1.5million.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Scudamore’s income compares to that of other top sports executives.

Professional Footballers’ Association

Gordon Taylor’s salary has attracted many raised eyebrows (Steven Paston/PA)

Outrage over the salary of PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor is nothing new. Last year he took home £2.29million, including more than £750,000 as a bonus.

Football Association

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn
Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn (Mike Egerton/PA)

Scudamore’s salary was more than that of FA chief executive Martin Glenn, who reportedly took home £699,000 last year.

Rugby Football Union

RFU chief executive Steve Brown
RFU chief executive Steve Brown (Steve Parsons/PA)

Ian Ritchie was reportedly the highest-paid executive of a national British sporting governing body, earning a salary of £710,000 prior to his retirement last summer. Successor Steve Brown – who is himself stepping down at the end of the year – is thought to earn less.

FIFA

Gianni Infantino is paid less than predecessor Sepp Blatter
Gianni Infantino is paid less than predecessor Sepp Blatter (Nick Potts/PA)

Gianni Infantino is paid less than his predecessor Sepp Blatter, agreeing a salary of 1.5million Swiss francs (approximately £1.16million) when he took over in 2016 and no bonus. His package also includes a chauffeured car, accommodation and monthly expenses.

UEFA

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (Nick Potts/PA)

Aleksander Ceferin took over as president in 2016 on a salary of 1.56million Swiss francs (approximately £1.2million). As with Infantino, this was less than his predecessor Michel Platini.

US sport

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Salaries for sporting executives in Britain and Europe pale in comparison to those in America.

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a contract extension last December, it was reported the five-year deal was worth up to 200million US dollars (approximately £156million), including the use of a private jet.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, meanwhile, is estimated to earn up to 20million dollars a year (approximately £15.6million).


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