NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain commissioner Wednesday. The new deal means Goodell will hold the position through the 2023 season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that the deal could be worth up to $200 million. This means Goodell could earn up to $40 million annually, if bonuses and incentives are approved by league owners.
“Our Committee unanimously supports the contract and believes that it is fully consistent with ‘market’ compensation and the financial and other parameters outlined to the owners at our May 2017 meeting, as well as in the best interests of ownership,” said the NFL’s compensation committee in a letter to league owners. The compensation committee was the committee put in charge of negotiating the contract.
Goodell, who has served as commissioner since 2006, has had a long yet controversial tenure thus far. Goodell has received various complaints from “unhappy” league owners over the years, in regards to the relocation of the Rams, the Ray Rice case, Tom Brady’s suspension, and shipping games overseas to London annually. Nevertheless, Goodell’s extension was unanimously approved.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has openly contested Goodell’s extension this season, going as far as to threatening a lawsuit after Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliot was suspended for domestic violence allegations, despite no charges ever being filed. Jones recently retracted the threats.
Despite the controversy, it seems the commissioner is here to stay, and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.