The current NFL Commissioner will reportedly stay in power for at least five more years.
Early Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signed a new five-year, $200 million contract extension to stay in charge. The deal is mainly incentive-driven.
Roger Goodell's five-year contract extension runs through 2024 and it is believed it will pay him as much as approximately $40 million per year, about 90 percent of which would be tied to incentives.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) December 6, 2017
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was trying to prevent this extension. Jones had the backing of several owners, however this was not enough to stall the negotiations.
Goodell is one of the more controversial figures in sports. His tenure as commissioner has been ravaged by such serious issues as concussions and domestic violence incidents. He has also been at the head of the NFL with scandals like Deflategate and the Bounty scandal arose.
He also oversaw some changes to the schedule, creating Thursday Night Football, as well as expanding the game across borders to Mexico and the UK. However, Goodell seems marred by the scandals that have taken shape over the NFL over the past decade.
Goodell has been commissioner since 2006. Prior to becoming commissioner, he served in the NFL in some capacity since 1982. He was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer by prior commissioner Paul Tagliabue in 2001.
Goodell's deal runs until the 2024 season.