NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell close to inking five-year extension

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell close to inking five-year extension

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the National Football League are close to a new five-year contract extension that would run through 2024 season. He's now under contract until 2019.

Goodell became commissioner in 2006. Goodell made almost $32 million in fiscal year 2015, according to the league's tax filing from that year, and has made $212.5 million in his first 10 years as commissioner.

ESPN reported that there are still issues to work out until a deal is finalized. Goodell, who made $34.1 million in 2014, $35 million in 2013 and $44.2 million in 2012, could be similarly compensated with his new deal.

The NFL has not needed to report Goodell's salary since the end of its 2015 fiscal year, when it gave up its tax-exempt status.

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Discussions regarding Goodell's new contract go back to the league meetings in May, with Falcons owner Arthur Blank heading a committee of his peers in those talks.

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. The NFL survived a lockout in 2011, before the owners and the union reached an agreement. Many believe he also contributed to what was a complete botching of the Deflategate investigation with the New England Patriots.

Goodell's tenure has seen no shortage of issues, ranging from the league's evolving stance on players accused of domestic violence to its handling of player safety, such as concussions and head trauma.

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