Roger Goodell is close to a five-year contract extension to remain the NFL's commissioner, which will keep him in the job until 2024, reports the Sports Business Daily's Daniel Kaplan. Goodell's contract is up after the 2019 season.
Negotiations on a new deal for Goodell have been underway since last May. Goodell made almost $32 million in fiscal year 2015, according to the league's tax filing from that year, and has made $212.5 million in his first 10 years as commissioner. His ability to negotiate the terms of the current CBA made the owners a lot of money. But in 2015, Goodell made nearly $32.5 million, so expect this deal to be worth an insane amount of money.
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The NFL has grown rapidly under Goodell's stewardship, with revenue expected to reach $14 billion by fiscal year 2017. Goodell has also been criticized for his handling of team scandals, such as the Patriots' Spygate and Deflategate, as well as the Saints' Bountygate. NFL Player's Association leader DeMaurice Smith has talked of a possible strike or lockout, and some vocal critics of Goodell and the NFL, like Richard Sherman, have said that the players need to be prepared to strike to elicit actual change. Goodell came under heavy criticism in 2014 for decisions in the Ray Rice case, with other high-profile incidents involving Adrian Peterson and Kevin Hardy drawing the league negative headlines throughout the season that exacerbated tension between owners and players.
Goodell's extension comes as the National Football League continues to wrestle with the concussion and domestic violence issues.