Goodell, NFL close to contract extension through 2024

Toni Houston
August 22, 2017

Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006.

Goodell is a lame duck commissioner in the eyes of the players, but he is a gem in the eyes of the owners.

The NFL is on the verge of extending commissioner Roger Goodell's contract through 2024, according to multiple reports. He's now under contract until 2019. Goodell, 58, made close to $32 million in 2015, according to the league's tax filing from that year, and he has made $212.5 million in his first 10 years as NFL commissioner. Goodell, who made $34.1 million in 2014, $35 million in 2013 and $44.2 million in 2012, could be similarly compensated with his new deal.

An NFL spokesperson, in a statement to HBO, said the league tried to engage the union in drafting a tougher policy but said the union had no interest.

The NFL has grown rapidly under Goodell's stewardship, with revenue expected to reach $14 billion by fiscal year 2017.

If the National Football League eventually comes to terms with Goodell soon, New England Patriots fans will have the chance to personally congratulate the man who used his unilateral discipline authority to suspend Tom Brady on Thursday, Sept. 7 when he visits Gillette Stadium for the season opener. There's another labor feud looming, with the potential for a lockout or a strike in 2021, so the owners will need faith in their leadership.

Goodell has been criticized for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and several other instances where players were accused of assaulting women.

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