NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, once embattled, now would have job security through 2024.
According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily, the league is close to a deal with commissioner Roger Goodell to extend his contract.
Goodell's current deal had two years remaining on it. 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, the source tells Schefter. 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.
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Signed on October 15, 2016 in Goa on the sidelines of the Brics summit, the deal was held back by domestic lenders. He said the deal "reflects the shared vision of two of the world's most dynamic leaders".
Goodell's current contract runs through 2019, so there was no real urgency to secure an extension, but making the move now represents a significant vote of confidence from the owners days after NFL Players' Association chief DeMaurice Smith said he expects a strike or lockout to occur in 2021.
Goodell has served as commissioner since 2006, when he took over for Paul Tagliabue, who chose to retire.
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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