Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL close to contract extension through 2024

Ross Houston
August 21, 2017

Goodell will be the stern face of the National Football League until at least 2024, as he nears signing a five-year extension from his deal that was set to expire in 2019, according to Sports Business Journal. But in 2015, Goodell made nearly $32.5 million, so expect this deal to be worth an insane amount of money.

A committee chaired by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has had ongoing discussions about a new contract for Goodell since the league meetings in May, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. ESPN also reported that a deal was close.

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith criticized Goodell's unilateral power when it comes levying punishment in a recent interview on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel". Yes", Smith said. "It is up to the players and our leadership to decide how much weight to put on it?

The 58-year-old Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September 2006. He returned to the league office in 1984 in the public relations department and at one point was in charge of distributing media credentials for postseason games. That goes a long way in explaining why the commissioner is close to a contract extension. Five years later, Goodell succeeded Tagliabue.

Goodell, whose current deal is set to end in 2019, has at times been at odds with two of the league's most powerful owners.

Goodell is expected in the New England area in two weeks leading up to the NFL Kickoff Game between the Patriots and Chiefs on September 7.

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