Report: NFL Owners Expected to Extend Roger Goodell at Owner’s Meetings
The annual owner’s meetings are still a week away, but news about a big announcement expected to come from those meetings has surfaced today. According to Adam Schefter, NFL owners are expected to finalize an extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.
In a story at ESPN this afternoon, Schefter says that the NFL’s compensation committee is “slated to present the proposed extension to team owners” during a privileged session on Tuesday.
According to Schefter, the extension for Goodell has been in the works since last season. No length has been agreed to yet, but it’s believed to be a new three-year deal.
“Goodell’s extension has been in the works since last season, when the compensation committee was granted permission by the full membership to get an extension done, according to sources. The sides have discussed a three-year extension, according to sources, but no length of time is agreed to yet.”
This will mark the fourth contract extension for Roger Goodell. Goodell took over as the league’s commissioner for Paul Tagliabue on September 1, 2006. Goodell’s previous extensions came in 2009, 2012, and 2017.
Since his last extension, Goodell has overseen a $100-plus billion media rights deal with CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, and Amazon. The NFL also has multi-billion dollar streaming deals with YouTube TV for its Sunday Ticket package.
Schefter says that the belief is that this will be Goodell’s final extension. At 64, Goodell is already the age of his successors Tagliabue and Pete Rozelle when they stepped down.
Schefter mentioned chief media & business officer Brian Rolapp, executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, chief administrator of football operations Dawn Aponte, executive vice president of club business and league events Peter O’Reilly, and chief revenue officer Renie Anderson as potential internal candidates.
He also mentioned new Chicago Bears president Kevin Warren as an outside candidate.