Saturday, 20 October, 2018

NFL's Roger Goodell signs contract extension reportedly worth up to $200M

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players met in October and discussed how to address social issues NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players met in October and discussed how to address social issues
Domingo Copeland | 08 December, 2017, 02:10

Despite opposition from one of the league's most powerful owners, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a new contract, according to multiple reports.

According to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, those owners were "generally unhappy with Goodell and the NFL's front office for a variety of reasons, including the player protests staged during the national anthem, issues regarding the relocation of teams to Los Angeles and the league's handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case".

His tenure also included the controversial Bountygate and Deflategate sagas, both of which became conflicts with the NFL Players Association regarding the commissioner's power to not only hand out suspensions but also oversee player appeals.

Last month, the committee began the process of expediting Goodell's contract talks to try and get a deal done as swiftly as possible.

Financial terms of the contract for Goodell, who has been commissioner of the most popular US sports league since 2006, were not disclosed but multiple media reports said the two sides agreed to a five-year deal worth $200 million.

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The owners next meet in Dallas next Wednesday and Jones is yet to comment on news of Goodell's extension, which is reported to be worth $200m (£149m) over the next five years, but unlike his current contract is believed to be more incentive and target based.

ProFootballTalk reports that a source with knowledge of the situation said a memorandum has been sent to all league owners that a "binding contract extension has been signed".

"We also have expressed in those conversations our strong and unanimous belief that we should proceed to sign the agreement now, consistent with the unanimous May resolution and to avoid further controversy surrounding this issue.?"

Jones was not immediately available for comment. Jones had hoped to delay the new deal with Goodell until then, when he could personally raise his concerns to other owners. After that, he was removed as a non-voting seventh member of the compensation committee.

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