Arthur Blank releases statement on Roger Goodell extension talks

Nov 5, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank looks on during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has released an official statement regarding the potentially controversial contract extension talks for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. As a result, Blank is stating that the ongoing negotiations are moving along while he does not want to make any of the details surrounding the situation public at this tine.

“The Committee is continuing its work towards finalizing a contract extension with the Commissioner, consistent with the mandate provided in the unanimous May 2017 Resolution,” reads Blank’s statement regarding the matter, via Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal. “Regardless of what may have been reported, the Committee is working within the financial parameters outlined to the ownership at the May meeting. The negotiations are progressing and we will keep ownership apprised of the negotiations as they move forward. We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions.”

On Sunday, it was reported that the aforementioned Goodell was apparently seeking around $50 million as well as a lifetime use of a private jet in addition to lifetime health insurance for both he and his family.

While it initially seemed as though a deal was going to be finalized weeks ago, it now appears that the two sides have hit a serious bump in the road. Most notably, it has repeatedly been reported that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who is one of the most influential people in the league, has tried to block the contract extension despite the fact that Goodell remains in line to stay at the helm.

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