Goodell extension stalls over severance pay

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The sport’s players don’t have guaranteed contracts. The sport’s Commissioner apparently will.

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that negotiations over severance pay have stalled the new contract for Roger Goodell. Due to make more than $30 million per year in salary and bonuses under the new deal that would run through 2024, the haggling currently centers on how much he’d be paid if the contract is terminated prematurely by the league’s owners.

Via Kaplan, it’s not known whether Goodell’s current deal includes a severance package. It’s hard to imagine, however, that a contract of that magnitude would allow the league to walk away without further compensation.

Goodell reportedly is “widely expected” to accept a renewed deal, which suggests that the talks regarding severance pay are close to an acceptable middle ground. As one source recently told PFT, the deal would have been done by now but for the unexpected anthem controversy of the past two weeks.

64 responses to “Goodell extension stalls over severance pay

  1. Here’s a fair severance clause that could work in his contract.

    “In the event of Goodell’s dismissal with or without cause, Goodell’s severance package will include, and be limited to, the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars Goodell has already made in excess of what he should have been making.”

  2. Just give him $30 million now. To go away.
    Last night’s game was just further proof that player safety takes a backseat to $$$.

  3. Please make sure he is taken care of if he fails and is removed from his job. He obviously needs additional money if forced to walk away because of the measly pay he received all those years before.

  4. Great. As if he wasn’t already practically holding the owners, players, and the sport hostage.

    This man has no worries at all over losing his job and now he can even go out of his way to bait the owners into firing him! If he actually had to worry about losing his job (like the rest of society does), I wonder if he would perform any better?

    At this point, we all should assume that the owners are 100% complicit in the Elliott suspension, deflategate, and all of the other preposterous scandals.

  5. Here is what I don’t understand …

    Pay is driven by 2 things.

    1) Supply & demand

    2) Negotiations

    A WNBA player may be unbelievably talented, but there isn’t much money in the sport, so they don’t get paid as much as other sports. And 2 NFL players may not be paid the same because one has a better agent.

    In the case of Goodell, why are the owners paying him so much? What if they only paid him … 25MM/year.
    Would he leave?
    Being commissioner of the NFL is probably a fun/high profile job. You don’t have to work 60 hours a week, you don’t have to get shot at, go into fires, work with dangerous machines or poisons.
    And he has no alternative job – like becoming the commissioner of the NBA – which would pay him anywhere near what he makes.

    He has the ultimate dream / cushy job.

    He is being greedy and the owners should politely say no. Give him a way to save face and take the job offer.

    What would he do if he left? Surf around the world? Take up knitting? Go into movies?
    There is no reason to even pay him 30MM, and forget the severance package.

  6. I never understood all the hate for Goodell. You all do realize he’s the face of the 32 owners right? He’s just the symbol of the 32 owners. If the 32 owners don’t want something it won’t happen. Whereas if just Goodell didn’t want something, it would still happen.

  7. I’m stunned that he even feels like he has leverage to ask for it, tells me I know nothing about business. If I was in control if I hadn’t already fired him I will have pulled a Godfather: “My offer is this: nothing. Not even a fee for the gaming license.”

  8. And here come the All Pro Fanboys Negotiators. They have soo much experience negotiating $100M plus contracts. They are also All Pro attornies. Wow! Glad you guys could take a break from Madden and tell us how it should really be done. Awesome!

  9. It should be stalling over the fact that the league has seen a decline in quality since he came on board. Ratings have been creeping down for a few years now and it started before anger over protests became a thing. He’s slowly running the league into the deck.

  10. The stench of this serial liar and corrupt POS is so overwhelming even he knows he’s likely to get fired if things keep going along as they have.

  11. The NFL makes billions of dollars. The owners should pay the head of the league whatever they want.

  12. If I made thirty million a year I would be set up so I don’t have to worry about severance pay. I’d be set for life!

  13. harrisonhits2 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The stench of this serial liar and corrupt POS is so overwhelming even he knows he’s likely to get fired if things keep going along as they have.
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    If they haven’t fired him by now, I don’t know what more he would have to do to get fired.

  14. Heck, I say cut him to 20 million, tell him there is no guarantee a majority vote can dump him with no further consideration. And then dare him to walk away from that. If he does then whatever, next man up.

  15. NFL Owners, I will do his job just as terribly as he has, and I’ll only cost you 15MM a year. Let’s get this deal done and you greedy owners will save almost $500k a year!

  16. Goodell does only what his owners tell him to do. Maybe you should take a closer look at your owner? All 32 owners, including Jerrah, want him back. I know, you become an owner and tell Goodell where to stick it. Of course the other 31 0wners will back the Commish. Good luck with that.

  17. As long as there is a clause voiding the severance package if Goodell is terminated for demonstrable cause the owners should have no problem agreeing to whatever Roger’s severance demands are. Since the NFL’s bylaws require “The league shall employ as commissioner an individual of unquestioned integrity” they could get out of it at any time without coughing up a nickel.

  18. Evidently the $30 million per season and the hundreds of millions he’s already made is still not enough

  19. ONLY 30 Million a Year? How does he manage to put food on the table. He probably doesn’t come close to paying the % of his gross in Taxes we do. Remember Guys and Gals, that money comes out of our Pockets, The Fan Base)! Jersey Ticket DTV income.
    It would say it be best to sever relations RIGHT NOW, and put a CAP on the next Commissioners salary!

  20. NYGiants516 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 2:18 pm
    30 Million a year to be the face of a multi billion dollar company is very fair..
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    Figures a Giant’s fan would be sympathetic to Goodell, he protects your team. See Josh Brown, last year’s slap on the wrist for using walkie talkies in the game etc…

  21. mmack66 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    A good severance package would be Patriots tickets for life.

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    How about Charger tickets since they need help filling seats? Patriots tickets are too valuable to give away to Goodell.

  22. Why wait for a new contract – let’s start a GoFundMe page to raise money for Goodell’s severance package that we can execute immediately!

  23. ValarMorghulis says:
    October 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    The NFL makes billions of dollars. The owners should pay the head of the league whatever they want.

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    Goodell is not the reason for the money they made. He is actually the reason they havent made more.

  24. Goodell is a puppet of the owners. His salary is a complete joke based upon his performance and his inability to move the game forward with young fans.

  25. I can’t think of any NFL Commissioner that’s hurt the league more than such issues like Ray Rice, Tom Brady multiple issues, Referee striking, inclusion of gambling to the brand last year ie fanduel every single commercial, and now we have our keeling issue.

    I could go on, in my opinion Roger has created so many unnecessary distractions to the game of football by really not doing his job at all. Either not punishing at all or too much, being cheap on the integrity of the game, hurting the product in so many ways that seem small but collectively show a very clear agenda.

    If this keeps up the NBA will be Americas favorite sport.

  26. Don’t the owners realize they could hire a smarter person for less money? 32 business owners don’t want to lower overhead, get more intelligent and efficient, and have a chance to reset public perception at the same time? Seems counter-intuitive. So status quo? Got it.

  27. Why does Goodell have any leverage in this situation? Is there another company that wants to hire Roger for anywhere close to 30 million a year? I just don’t get it.

  28. You’ve got the anthem controversy lingering on and on, (Fig) Newton making a fool of himself, the natives ( aka the clowns who pay for all this) getting restless and to top it off Mr. That is getting a raise to $44,000,000 or whatever.

    Talk about timing.

    Bye

  29. He should be fired for allowing the league to lose fans and advertisers by allowing the players to disrespect our great nations great flag and national anthem.

  30. reptar310 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    I never understood all the hate for Goodell. You all do realize he’s the face of the 32 owners right? He’s just the symbol of the 32 owners. If the 32 owners don’t want something it won’t happen. Whereas if just Goodell didn’t want something, it would still happen.

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    So, a guy who has no moral compass, is a cheater, liar, fraud and corrupt, while being greedy isn’t as bad as the cheating, greedy owners that try to control the moves he makes?

    It sounds like you’re making an excuse for him yet he’s doing the deeds for the exact same kind of person.

  31. chargerdillon says:
    October 6, 2017 at 3:32 pm
    I can’t think of any NFL Commissioner that’s hurt the league more than such issues like Ray Rice, Tom Brady multiple issues, Referee striking, inclusion of gambling to the brand last year ie fanduel every single commercial, and now we have our keeling issue.

    I could go on, in my opinion Roger has created so many unnecessary distractions to the game of football by really not doing his job at all. Either not punishing at all or too much, being cheap on the integrity of the game, hurting the product in so many ways that seem small but collectively show a very clear agenda.

    If this keeps up the NBA will be Americas favorite sport.

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    Well, some dopey basement-dwelling Millennials who run around here in all their right-wing tough guy ways as they eat their Hungry Man tv dinners, actually think Goodell is the reason for the windfall 2011 CBA and tv deals even Bob Kraft was the one who finalized those negotiations.

    Goodell is a clear failure never before seen in sports history at that level.

    Meanwhile, the thanks Kraft gets is more railroad jobs and cheating by some fellow owners along with Goodell.

    Nice, huh?

  32. skins21 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    Why does Goodell have any leverage in this situation? Is there another company that wants to hire Roger for anywhere close to 30 million a year? I just don’t get it.

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    Of course he has no leverage. But, the mere fact they’re even considering keeping him after so many lies and disasters, with the irony that he and the NFL are so obsessed with image, that these almost comical mis-steps have tarnished that obsession itself, is not lost on me.

    Leave it to Roger Goodell with an IQ of about 89, to be hired to gloss up the NFL shield, only to be the worst thing ever to happen to the sport.

    The tumbling ratings starting last year, is only the beginning of a long, long fade for the NFL.

    If they hired someone new and made adjustments the fans could get behind, their ratings would go up and give them some leverage into the next CBA.

    They are delusional. Reminds me of GM leading into the Great Recession of 2007.

  33. Panoramic Wifi says:
    October 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    ValarMorghulis says:
    October 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    The NFL makes billions of dollars. The owners should pay the head of the league whatever they want.

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    Goodell is not the reason for the money they made. He is actually the reason they havent made more.

    2 1 Rate This

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    Exactly.

    In fact, I read an article, including a quote from Bob Kraft that said “Roger is on very thin ice” when he was caught lying and cheating with the Ravens during the Rice Fiasco,. And, an unnamed owner said “we should be making MORE money”….which, is true.

    I laugh at people that think Goodell invented gambling, the tv, fantasy football and somehow had something to do with executing the 2011 CBA, when it was clear he failed and he and his scummy lawyers were all thrown out of the room as failures.

    Do people ever read anything and get facts?

  34. Meanwhile, the thanks Kraft gets is more railroad jobs and cheating by some fellow owners along with Goodell.

    Nice, huh?

    I think Kraft has gotten what he deserves. When you try to cheat the other owners you will eventually pay the price. Goodell is paid to do the other 31’s dirty work. Yup karma is a biatch.

  35. So, a guy who has no moral compass, is a cheater, liar, fraud and corrupt, while being greedy isn’t as bad as the cheating, greedy owners that try to control the moves he makes?
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    I’m confused?

    Are you talking about your QB or your coach?

  36. Disgusting.

    A preemptive severance package? Well at least Roger is aware that he sucks at his job and is covering all his bases. The owners? Wow. Rubes.

  37. The sport’s players don’t have guaranteed contracts. The sport’s Commissioner apparently will.
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    Goodell doesn’t have an idiot negotiating on his behalf.

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