Despite off-field turmoil, National Football League close to extension with commissioner Roger Goodell

Ellen Mills
August 22, 2017

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell is close to an agreement on a new five-year extension that runs through 2024, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal and confirmed by ESPN.

Goodell, whose current deal is set to end in 2019, has at times been at odds with some of the league's most powerful owners. Goodell reportedly earned $150 million over his first eight years as commissioner, and his most recently reported salary is $34 million in 2015.

A deal is likely to be completed, but there are still issues to work out because talks have not progressed as expected, a league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Goodell worked his way through the ranks and was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer by Tagliabue in 2001.

This year - right now - Goodell is in the middle of dealing with an announced six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and the ongoing controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick's inability to land a job in the NFL.

Goodell's tenure has seen no shortage of issues, ranging from the league's evolving stance on players accused of domestic violence to its handling of player safety, such as concussions and head trauma.

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.

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