Roger Goodell gets five-year contract extension through 2018 season

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has come a long way since he was making a $1 salary during the lockout.

Daniel Kaplan of the SportsBusiness Journal reports that Goodell’s contract has been extended five years through the 2018 season. (It expires in March of 2019.) His previous deal was set to expire in March of 2014.

The NFL escaped the lockout without any lasting damage, equipped with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that ultimately helped out the finances of the owners. The league’s massive new television deals likely helped to secure Goodell’s future.

Kaplan notes that Goodell made roughly $10 million-per-year before this news, and it’s safe to assume he’ll get a pay bump now. Goodell took over in 2006 and will have run the league for 13 years by the end of his contract.

His predecessor Paul Tagliabue had the job 17 years before stepping down.

UPDATE: 12:14 p.m. ET: The league confirmed the news. “I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told Kaplan.

133 responses to “Roger Goodell gets five-year contract extension through 2018 season

  1. Only in America, a failure is rewarded. He has destroyed the game many of us used to love and he will have 5 more yrs to continue his judge/jury style.

  2. Well…we know the owners love him…he sides with them on virtually every issue…whether it is owners vs. players or owners vs. fans.

    It would be interesting to see if he would have gotten the extension if it were the fans voting whether or not to give it to him.

  3. Fact checking and math must be two requirements you don’t need to work on the site. This article literally said until 2019 just before it stated 2018.

    As for the actual news:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Well sure, it stands to reason that Kraft and the RAND Corporation would immediately reward him for rigging the Super Bowl by forcing Cundiff to park in the back of the visitor’s lot, costing him precious walking power and ankle readiness. I bet he’s out there ripping the straws off Eli Manning’s juice boxes right now!

  5. I know there will be a lot of complaints that he’s ruining the game, but when the owners saw record viewers tuning in for Wild Card Weekend and the Conference Championships, this was a done deal.

  6. This man is single-handedly the worst thing to happen to football since Buddy Ryan started making babies.

  7. I speak on behalf of fans who likes 16 games played on American soil every year when I say “Goddammit”.

  8. Oh no, 5 more years of a league wide conspiracy favoring the Packers and keep the vikequeens at the back of the bus. The 3rd rate, slip-shod queens just can’t catch a break.

  9. so I guess that means according to conspiracy theorists on here that the Pats, Giants ,Steelers, Packers and Cowboys will continue to be “gifted” by the NFL. After all ..it is a business and since those teams make the most money blah blah blah the league (by way of the refs) will make sure these respective teams are in it at all times. Here we go

  10. He will recieve a “bump” in pay, because $10 mil a year is not enough to watch football games and be a figurehead. This came just in time, now he can feed his kids again, that $1.00 salary put him in tought times like the rest of us struggling week to week. What a joke.

  11. Horrible move. Its sad that Goodell has 5 more years to try and ruin the NFL. He’s been successful at ruining it so far so I don’t see what will change.

  12. Que the unwarranted hate on the man who has made this game much safer for the players, and for punishing dangerous on fields acts. Should he just back off and let all high school and college athletes model their game after James Harrison?

  13. UPDATE: 12:14 p.m. ET: The league confirmed the news. ”I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told Kaplan.

    On behalf of fans and players……we’re not!

  14. This guy takes a lot of crap, but I think he does a great job at the helm of this league. He makes all the moves the NBA and MLB should have made years ago.

    I think the league is in good hands.

  15. Oh great, now the chump get 5 more years to finish his plan of complete wussification in the NFL.
    Lets not get into how he plays favorites and punishments alter depending on his time of the month.

  16. Considering Bud Selig makes $20m a year, I’m inclined not to be as blown away by the $10m payday. He still has some serious work to do to correct things in the league, but I think the NFL will be better off with this rather than trying to start again with a new Commish.

  17. I guess people don’t like him because of the fines and changes to the protection of players.

    My question to you is…whats the solution to all these players long term health issues and liability of the league to that?

  18. Good. He’s done a great job. He managed to get the season started on time this year and there is no question the league has grown under his watch. His attention to player safety, while ridiculed by some neanderthal fans, is a great cause.

    Congrats Roger.

  19. They should eliminate fan voting for the Pro Bowl and allow us to vote on this. This guy is WAY too visible and the fines are just flat out silly now. Paul Tagliabue was perfect. He made the NFL great while staying behind the scenes aside from handing out the Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl. That’s the way it should be.

  20. Despite what emotional fans may say, Goodell has been a good commissioner. They’re experiencing significant growth year after year. He presided over a lockout, and managed to do it without costing us any games.

    I do have criticism of him, but on the whole, he’s a good commissioner and the NFL could do a LOT worse.

  21. Another 5 years of Goodell and the NFL will be a touch football league and players will be flagged for “gazing the opposing quarterback in a mean and threatening way”.

  22. mjbulls45 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:26 PM

    there’s been no tuck rule type calls on his watch…

    he seems fine to me,

    I vouch for him.

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    Calvin Johnson, and any other WR effected by the “Megatron” rule, would disagree with this statement.

  23. Wants 18 games and the fans almost unanimously oppose it.

    Has a totally capricious disciplinary system and the media loves it (because the fans who are smart enough to realize how arbitrary the system usually flood the comment sections of sites like these).

    Always sides with the owners, and the owners love it.

    I guess that’s all that matters.

  24. I wonder if DeMaurice Smith worked this deal out for him? Just though I’d bring his name up again we all miss him !

  25. For all those complaining that Goodell is taking the fun out and ruining the game.
    Remember that Goodell works for the owners, and any rules Goodell wants to change are voted on by the owners.

    So the owners are the ones who ultimately are to blame

  26. If you remember “What’s Happening”: No Roger, No Rerun, No Rent!

    You have to love how being a Commissioner of a professional sport is a job for life. Stern, Bettman and Selig have a combined 67 years as commissioners of their respective leagues.

  27. By 2018 the NBA will be absorbed by the NFL thanks to Roger. Tackling below the waist and above the sternum will be outlawed. A third of the teams will be headquartered outside the U.S. All players will be fined every game. Quarterbacks with a completion percentage below 85 percent will be considered busts and the average per-game cumulative score will be 88 points. Highlights from fans’ Madden games will be shown at halftime. Timeouts will be called to update fantasy numbers from other games. The season will include 22 regular-season games and six weeks of playoffs, with three-fourths of all teams qualifying for the playoffs. The season will begin in June and end in March. Nike will have its own franchise. The 2018 Super Bowl will be played in Malaysia. Etc., etc.

  28. Goodell gets rewards not for improving the game, but for increasing the amount of money the owners get per year via TV deals and the new labor agreement. We the fans need to step up and stop the game from becomming a watered down flag football game by boycotting games and not purchasing NFL licensed apparel!

  29. geetee52 says:Jan 25, 2012 12:14 PM

    Well…we know the owners love him…he sides with them on virtually every issue…whether it is owners vs. players or owners vs. fans.

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    You realize that is because he works FOR the owners right? He doesn’t work for the players or the fans. I am sure you agree with your boss(es) on virtually every issue as well if you didn’t you wouldn’t be working for him/them…..

  30. Goodell doesn’t make the rules. The owners set the rules. Goodell can only ask that rules be changed or created. You bunch of flag football talking wussettes can go jump in 3 Rivers with all the whining Steelers fans. He is there to make the owners money. Quit your bi#$hing you bums.

  31. It’s interesting to see the comments from folks who seem to think Goodell has some responsibility to the fans.

    The lockout and it’s aftermath showed once and for all (if there was any doubt) that Roger is just a puppet that asks “How high?” when the owners yell “Jump!”.

    A well paid puppet true–but still a puppet.

  32. I can see why they would do this:

    Wants a harmless 18 games schedule

    Wants a team in London and games there as often as possible

    Introduced player safety rules that are haphazardly flagged and fined

    Continues to endorse rule changes that take tough defense out of the game

    Oversees an arbitrary and biased personal conduct policy

    Went to the mat so that NFL Network was available on basic cable but keeps pay per view only on DirecTV

    Destroyed all evidence of Patriot cheating

    Says he is worried about long term effects on players but plays hardball with them after they retire and need support

    With all that its a wonder they didn’t extend him 10 years!

  33. dexterismyhero says:
    Jan 25, 2012 1:24 PM
    Goodell doesn’t make the rules. The owners set the rules. Goodell can only ask that rules be changed or created. You bunch of flag football talking wussettes can go jump in 3 Rivers with all the whining Steelers fans. He is there to make the owners money. Quit your bi#$hing you bums.

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    He enforces the penalties, pretty arbitrary with his rulings.
    Yes, he works for the owners but they are nothing without fan support.

  34. NFL Rules & Competition Committee
    Co-Chair: Rich McKay
    Co-Chair: Jeff Fisher
    – Marvin Lewis
    – Rick Smith
    – John Mara
    – Ozzie Newsome
    – Bill Polian
    – Stephen Jones

    If you want to blame anyone, those are the guys to blame for rule changes.

    You guys come here posting as NFL fans so you think you would know football and yet most of you you fail at knowing the Roger Goodell has never made a single NFL Rule?
    Really?

    Goodell enforces the rules he is told to by the owners and the above mentioned guys.

    Come on man, if you’re going to follow the sport and make comments, have at least some sort of knowledge on the subject.

  35. I used to dislike Roger, mainly because of his inconsistency with player suspensions but I think he handled the lock out rather well. I think the extension is a good thing

  36. This is like an early Christmas present (especially since it’s been a month since Christmas). This is great news. Best sports commish ever.

    Great news for law abiding citizens, law abiding players, and owners.

    Bad news for the criminal element among the players and fans, the criminal element fangirls, and the union.

  37. Goodell is good for this job. All you trolls that say he’s going to kill the NFL are just stupid. It’s not like he alone has the power to protect the league from lawsuits over injuries. It’s not his fault that the world we live in is “sue happy” and there turns out to be long term effects to playing in this league. The league has to evolve and Goodell is doing just fine. All you idiots called to Tag’s head before and now want him back will do the same after Goodell steps down later on and the new guy comes in and “kills the NFL”.

  38. What a sad day for the NFL!
    This gives the idiot enough time to proceed with his ludicrous dream of an NFL team in Europe.

  39. As long as the rules comittee can find a solution to some of these “judgment” calls that are ruining the game i do not care who the commish is. and all these arguments that goddell has made the nfl bigger every year are dumb, i am pretty sure you could through hellen keller in the mix as the commish and the league would grow just as much. first order of business this off season needs to be fire the ref that blew that early whistle when bradshaw FUMBLED against the 9ers. as a matter of fact i think the entire “1 whistle from 1 of 1000 refs on the field” to blow the play dead on the field needs to be over with. 49ers got screwed!!! PATS BY 2 TD’S…GO 49ERS

  40. so, as an eagles fan i’ve heard terrible things all year..
    “we are the gold standard” -Joe Banner
    “Juan Castillo is my guy” Andy Reid
    “defenseless receivers” every ref
    “i gotta do a better job”x 8 by Andy Reid
    “linebackers will play well in the SB” Castillo
    “giants are goin to the SB” joe buckin

    but this Godell extension takes the sucky cake..
    will the NFL ever be what it

  41. I hate how they keep making the game “safer” but are actually making it boring. You cant even hit a quarterback or receiver anymore.

  42. Best commissioner in professional sports history… bring on your thumbs down!!! I expect it.

    Said it before and I’ll say it again, he knows what YOU want more than you do.

    The NFL will be nationally and internationally more popular than soccer by 2018 thank to Godell.

  43. dexterismyhero says:
    Jan 25, 2012 1:24 PM
    Goodell doesn’t make the rules. The owners set the rules. Goodell can only ask that rules be changed or created.

    You forgot the commissioner’s most important duty- to destroy evidence of cheating for owners that have him on a leash.

  44. He certainly has made the game more exciting… now I do not know what a catch is… I do not know what a clean hit is… nor do I know what is a touch down…

    and every game reveals different intrepretations… but the NFL is never wrong!!!

    this is waht happens when lawyers get involved…

  45. @goddamnthatsfunny says:Jan 25, 2012 2:30 PM

    I hate how they keep making the game “safer” but are actually making it boring. You cant even hit a quarterback or receiver anymore.
    =================================

    Really? I still see plenty of clean hits. How about Brady getting his ass slammed to the ground. No penalty on that one. If you think it is boring, go watch WWF.
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    @LoCoSu
    He enforces the penalties, pretty arbitrary with his rulings.
    Yes, he works for the owners but they are nothing without fan support.
    ==================================Then don’t support it. Do you really think that fans are going to stop watching or going to games? Geez, you think they watch this site and don’t laugh their butts off when they read crap like that?

  46. primetime0552 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 1:13 PM
    geetee52 says:Jan 25, 2012 12:14 PM

    Well…we know the owners love him…he sides with them on virtually every issue…whether it is owners vs. players or owners vs. fans.

    ===============================

    You realize that is because he works FOR the owners right? He doesn’t work for the players or the fans. I am sure you agree with your boss(es) on virtually every issue as well if you didn’t you wouldn’t be working for him/them…..

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    Yea, pay me $10 + million a year and I’d be a puppet for my boss (like Goodell).

  47. dexterismyhero says:

    Then don’t support it. Do you really think that fans are going to stop watching or going to games? Geez, you think they watch this site and don’t laugh their butts off when they read crap like that?

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    Yes – unless the fans speak with their wallets, nothing is going to change. America is addicted to football which is why the owners are laughing all the way to the bank.

    It’s going to be a huge challenge for the fans to wean themselves off the NFL and actually hit the owners where it hurts them – sadly.

    In short – yes you have a point, but that doesnt make the owners and Goodell right.

    As to your last point – I would think only Jim Irsay reads anything on websites like PFT

  48. what this headline should of read is..by 2018 football will oficially be flag football bec roger goodell just sign and extention! oh and ps players make sure u keep ur bank accounts through atleast 2018 bec ur gonna be gettin flagged and fined for BS calls for the next 6 years as well!

  49. primetime0552 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 1:13 PM
    geetee52 says:Jan 25, 2012 12:14 PM

    Well…we know the owners love him…he sides with them on virtually every issue…whether it is owners vs. players or owners vs. fans.

    ===============================

    You realize that is because he works FOR the owners right? He doesn’t work for the players or the fans. I am sure you agree with your boss(es) on virtually every issue as well if you didn’t you wouldn’t be working for him/them…..

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    Yea, pay me $10 + million a year and I’d be a puppet for my boss (like Goodell).

    ==================================
    Most of us are puppets of our bosses, Goobs. Of course you wouldn’t know that since you are probably unemployed.

  50. cobaltdriver says:
    Jan 25, 2012 12:27 PM
    so I guess that means according to conspiracy theorists on here that the Pats, Giants ,Steelers, Packers and Cowboys will continue to be “gifted” by the NFL. After all ..it is a business and since those teams make the most money blah blah blah the league (by way of the refs) will make sure these respective teams are in it at all times. Here we go
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    HILARIOUS that u mention the giants in this paragraph..its clearly obvious u have never seen one giant game this year or you would of never let the team be mentioned in your paragraph!! we have been screwed by more refs this year than i can remember since i started watchin the giants back when i was like 10 but the packers..big time refs love packers

  51. Goodell has saved the NFL players from themselves, but they are too stupid to know it. Thanks Roger for preserving the game for us old-timers.

  52. This is almost as bad of a move as it was electing George Bush to a 2nd term…By 2015 the NFL will become the NFFL…National Flag Football League and you will be fined for causing damage to a flag if you pull it too hard..Jeez this is horrible!

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