NFL To Extend Roger Goodell Through 2024

Roger Goodell isn’t going anywhere. The NFL is set to extend its commissioner through the 2024 season, according to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal (on Twitter). Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of (on Twitter) hears that there are still some issues for the two sides to iron out before a deal formally gets signed.Roger Goodell (vertical)

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Goodell’s current contract runs through 2019, which put the league in an awkward spot since the NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in early 2021. Recently, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith characterized a strike or lockout as a “virtual certainty” after the 2020 season, so it’s imperative for the league to have stability in leadership. If Goodell serves through 2029, that will mark 19 years in power.

It hasn’t always been a smooth ride for Goodell and the Ray Rice scandal of 2014 nearly cost him his job. Still, the league has grown tremendously since he came to power in 2006 and Goodell has been well compensated for his time.

For the 2012 season, Goodell raked in $44.2MM. He took some pay cuts after that, earning $35MM in 2013, $34.1MM in 2014, and $32MM in 2015. We don’t know how much Goodell earned in 2016 or how much he’ll earn in the coming season, since the NFL dropped its tax-exempt status in 2015. However, it’s possible that Goodell could make a little less per year on his extension.

Even in the ~$30MM range, Goodell is still compensated better than any player in the NFL.

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12 comments on “NFL To Extend Roger Goodell Through 2024

  1. water boy

    This guy is no more then a minion. He is by far the worst commissioner of any of the major sports leagues. I cannot imagine that he is getting an extension based on his performance.
    Sad state of affairs for the NFL..

    • pt57

      The NFL is insanely profitable. That’s the only performance that matters.

      • CursedRangers

        Agreed on both fronts, the fact that he is the worst commissioner in any professional sports. Also agreed that the NFL is a money machine.

        However, I think just about any person qualified to be a commissioner could have made the NFL this profitable. The money being thrown at TV rights is insane. I don’t think that Goodell had much influence in that aspect. The baseball tv contracts are a good example that it is the tv industry driving the sky high contracts, not an individual person.

        My other thought is how many people has he driven away from the league? The boos that rain down on him during draft day is comical, but also sad. He is hated by the general fan base.

        The fact he got extended is intriguing. His salary is disgusting.

  2. Dwalt

    The Reigning Defending Undisputed worst commissioner in all of sports is and will always be Gary Bettman.

  3. madmanTX

    Yay! Goodell is sure to outlast concussion hider Tom “what’s my name again?oh yeah, ‘Lurch’!” Brady.

  4. Phattey

    This man is universally hated by every NFL fan I don’t understand how he keeps getting these extensions

  5. Flipjunior89

    Someone educate me, why does he get paid this much and who pays him?

    • bradthebluefish

      The NFL team owners make the decision of who the NFL Commissioner is. He essentially pays himself through all the TV rights, products, merchandise and more that the NFL sells.

  6. Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    NFL To Extend Roger Goodell Through 2024

    I genuinely despise Goodell.
    However, it does not matter what this fan thinks or any other who does not like him, the Owners apparently love him!!!!


    PS The penalty that has become popular under Goodell’s reign of tyranny is the ‘illegal formation’ penalty, I h8 it!!!! In this year’s HOF game, the Balloon Headed Refs, even called it on the defense!!! It makes zero sense!!!!
    If it was a dead ball foul, I could tolerate it, but Goodell and the rest of the powers that be are not going to change and we as have to put up with nonsense like this?? Good Heavens!!!

  7. WazBazbo

    (NFL owners to Goodell) “Will you continue to do exactly what we tell you to do if we give you a lot of money?”

    (Goodell) “Absolutely.”

    Done and done.

  8. cubfanbudman1953

    I stopped watching years ago when they started fining players a week after the game. If you don’t call a penalty during the game don’t fine someone after the fact! Goodell is a politically correct pussy.

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