After months of deliberation, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally signed a new contract extension.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Compensation Committee has informed the NFL owners that a new contract for Goodell has been signed. The committee notified the owners with a memo that said a “binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities.” There was also a “nearly unanimous consensus” among the owners in favor of the deal.
Last month, the committee began the process of expediting Goodell’s contract talks to try and get a deal done as swiftly as possible. At that time, Goodell’s latest proposal was reportedly seeking around $50 million a year as well as lifetime use of a private jet and health insurance for his family. Other sources said that Goodell was asking for even more.
Prior to this new deal, Goodell was making in the neighborhood of $30 million a year.
Goodell’s demands were met with resistance by some around the league, particularly Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who tried to impede contract negotiations between Goodell and the NFL.
However, Goodell seemed unfazed by the protestations of other owners and appeared intent on getting what he wanted.
The 58-year-old took over his current post in September 2006. Since then, his reign has been awash with controversy, most notably the Deflategate scandal involving Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, which ultimately resulted in a four-game suspension of Brady last season.
Goodell was recently in a battle with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. Goodell suspended Elliott for six games for an alleged bout of domestic violence, but Elliott and his legal team fought the ban. Because it ran through the courts, Elliott was able to play the first eight games of the season. However, he finally accepted his six-game suspension and is currently serving it.
There has also been ongoing controversy and discussion over the protests during the national anthem. The league just partnered with the Players Coalition on a new deal to help fund social justice reform.