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.