Roger Goodell signs five-year extension to remain commissioner

Kristopher Nichols
December 7, 2017

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reportedly received the extension that he has been looking for from the league. The new deal runs through the 2023 season.

The memorandum to all owners explains that a "binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities".

Jones had said he did not feel the committee understood his demand that all owners - not just the ones who served on the committee that were negotiating the contract - have a voice in approving the terms of Goodell's extension.

"I'm happy that it's over".

The owners will all get together on December 13, a meeting which will likely end up shedding a bit more light on the details and on the process of extension.

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Goodell's salary was about $32 million in 2015, the previous year for which compensation for top league officials was made available in a tax filing.

It got so bad, at one point, that Jones threatened to sue the league should the extension go through.

Goodell has earned more than $200 million since he became commissioner in 2006. He later said he would not take the matter to court but told USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell he wanted "accountability".

All members of the Compensation Committee, including Robert Kraft, sent out a memo Wednesday to announce the new deal. With Jones under the impression that the deal wouldn't be done before then, there's a good chance the other 31 owners could be dealing with an irate Jones by the time that meeting rolls around. Blank also said Jones will present some proposals on National Football League matters in the near future.

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