Emmert's total compensation for '20 increased despite pay cut

NCAA President Mark Emmert was credited with $2.99M in total compensation during the '20 calendar yearGetty Images

Despite taking a 20% pay cut during a portion of '20 because of "financial concerns connected to the pandemic," NCAA President Mark Emmert’s total compensation for the year "increased by just over $80,000" compared to what he made in '19, according to Steve Berkowitz of USA TODAY. The association’s new federal tax return shows that Emmert was credited with $2.99M in "total compensation" during the '20 calendar year, including $2.58M in "base salary." Emmert’s escalation in compensation resulted from a "raise called for under his contract that ended up being reduced but not negated by the reduction." Emmert was "not the only NCAA executive subject to the pay cut who was shown to have received greater compensation" in the '20 calendar year than in '19, but other execs "received less money" in '20 than they did in '19. Meanwhile, the NCAA reported nearly $52.5M in "outside legal fees" in FY '20-21. While legal-expense total was "down by more than" $15M compared to the previous year, it means that over the past seven fiscal years, the NCAA has reported $304.5M in "outside legal expenses" and $69.1M in "legal-cost recoveries" (USA TODAY, 5/17).

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