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

Goodell Extension Football

The New England Patriots quarterback was asked what he thought about the recent report from the Sports Business Journal the National Football League commissioner and the National Football League were closing in on a contract extension that kept him in his current role through 2024. He's now under contract until 2019. He made $32 million in the 2015 fiscal year.

There was some speculation that NFL owners, particularly Robert Kraft in New England and Jerry Jones in Dallas, might push for a change at the top as Goodell's autocratic disciplinary style found league stars suspended. ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested talks have not gone as expected, but it's a matter of time before any lingering issues are ironed out and a new deal for Goodell is officially done.

Sports Business Journal was the first to report on the seemingly imminent deal, saying an announcement could come this week. Because the league office is no longer classified as a tax-exempt organization, the commissioner's salary is no longer required to be made public.

Goodell worked his way through the ranks and was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer by Tagliabue in 2001. His original five-year contract was extended in 2009, and then again in 2012.

A new contract would mean Goodell will likely oversee negotiations between owners and the NFL Players Association over a new collective bargaining agreement in 2021.

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