National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell signs new deal, reports say

Hope Soto
December 7, 2017

In recent days, we have spoken with each of you individually regarding the status of the negotiations to extend Commissioner Goodell's employment contract.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reached terms on a contract extension, ending a contentious negotiating process that placed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at odds with the league's six-owner compensation committee.

All 32 owners unanimously granted the Compensation Committee permission in May to negotiate an extension with Goodell. Although Jones had been claiming that he had several owners in his corner who were also against Goodell's contract, the memo noted that there was a "nearly unanimous consensus" among owners who thought it was a good idea to give Goodell an extension.

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Goodell has overseen significant revenue growth for the National Football League but has also been the subject of major scrutiny in recent years for his handling of sensitive issues such as domestic violence and concussions.

Jones, reportedly angry that Goodell banned his star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games in August over domestic abuse allegations, had attempted to derail the commish's new deal. Goodell will earn a guaranteed annual salary of $3.5 million, though he could earn as much as $50 million through incentives, sources told FOX Business senior correspondent Charles Gasparino. 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.

All members of the Compensation Committee, including Robert Kraft, sent out a memo Wednesday to announce the new deal.

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