By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly close to a new five-year deal. Once this new agreement is agreed upon, he’ll be the NFL Commissioner through the 2024 season.
The Sports Business Journal was the first to report the news on Monday morning. But there are some issues that the two sides have to settle before an official agreement can be announced.
Right now, his present contract ends after the 2019 season. It would be awkward if his deal expires before the league’s collective bargaining agreement ends, which is in 2021.
NFLPA Chief DeMaurice Smith said that he believes a strike or lockout is “virtual certainty” after the 2020 season. This would give the league steady leadership despite the NFLPA’s assumptions.
If Goodell reaches the 2024 season, he’ll be the NFL Commissioner for 18 years. He officially took over for Paul Tagliabue on Aug. 8, 2006.
While Goodell has an extension close, there’s been many bumpy roads during his tenure, especially several players with domestic violence incidents. Due to the Ray Rice saga, he nearly lost his job.
Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back, beat his wife at The Revel casino in Atlantic City. Goodell initially gave him a two-game suspension until the video came out and changed everything — including Rice’s career, which he does not have one anymore.
Despite the issues, Goodell has greatly grown the game — and every time the stadiums turn on the lights, they’re raking in money. Goodell has made over a $100 million since 2012 ($145.3 million to be exact), not including last year’s salary.
He’s being compensated more than any other NFL player, but has more things to deal with than the highest-paid player.
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