Huge Update on Roger Goodell’s Future as NFL Commissioner

Published 02/19/2022, 8:16 AM EST

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Everybody’s favorite commissioner, Roger Goodell, might not be parting ways with the league anytime soon. With his current contract set to expire in March of 2024, Goodell is renegotiating deals with the NFL. This would be the fourth time the commissioner has negotiated an extension of his contract. The previous extension was believed to be the last for the 63-year-old commissioner. 

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But it seems like the league is not planning to let Goodell go any time soon. More details about the negotiations will be released soon in the coming months. 

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More years in the NFL for Roger Goodell?

According to the reports, Roger Goodell was first elected as the commissioner by the NFL team owners in 2006. He got his first contract extension in 2009. Then Goodell made more extensions to his deal in 2012 and 2017.

In 2017, the commissioner signed his current deal, which will expire on March 2024. With every new contract, the compensation awarded to Goodell has also increased drastically. But the current deal is more inclined towards incentive plans rather than base salary. 

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“He’s at the top of his game right now,” said one of the owners. “Why would we want him walking out the door?” The NFL team owners and completely behind Roger Goodell extending his stay. The new deal has a big vote of confidence by the owners.

Goodell’s leadership during the pandemic can be a huge factor in it. The NFL gained a 10% viewership boost during that time due to the commissioner. He managed to avoid compromising and game and signed $110 billion worth of deals with broadcasters. It ensured a smooth sailing of the NFL till the 2030 season. 

What we know about the new extension

There were rumors floating around that the NFL refused to renegotiate a deal with Roger Goodell. But the league vice president of communications, Brian McCarthy, quickly shut those down. “There is no truth to this report,” he said. 

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The sources say that the commissioner’s new extension is centered around his current deal with the league. Roger is expected to receive a two to four-year extension after his current deal expires in 2024. In each of the past two seasons, Goodell has made $63.9 million.

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The incentives have played a big part in it. The economic framework of a potential new deal is unknown. But knowing the NFL, that number will probably not be small. 

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