Roger Goodell close to signing contract extension through 2024

Francis Osborne
August 22, 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. His current contract ends in 2019.

Goodell, 58, has been the top executive in the nation's most popular sport since September 1, 2006, when he succeeded Paul Tagliabue.

ESPN reported that, while Goodell is on track to receive a new deal, there are still some issues that need to be ironed out.

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Despite off-field turmoil and a seemingly endless list of controversies, the NFL plans to extend the tenure of commissioner Roger Goodell, per a report from the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Goodell's ability to negotiate the terms of the current CBA made the owners a lot of money, and that goes a long way in explaining why the commissioner is close to a contract extension. He butted heads with Patriots owner Robert Kraft over Tom Brady's suspension related to Deflategate, and recently, Goodell suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, a development which reportedly left Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones furious.

There have been plenty of other major controversies during Goodell's leadership: the ongoing concussion lawsuits and settlements, Ray Rice's domestic violence incident, Michael Vick's dog-fighting ring, Ben Roethlisberger's sexual assault allegations, and more. The NFL is no longer required to file his salary as the league office has given up its non-profit status, thus salary figures are no longer available. One issue Smith says he will be focused on is Goodell's authority in disciplining players.

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