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Dutchrudder
01-25-2012, 02:15 PM
The dear leader of the NFL gets to be the dictator through 2018...


NEW YORK -- Now that the NFL has labor peace for the next decade, commissioner Roger Goodell has job security through the 2018 season.

Not only did Goodell get through one of the league's most contentious and troubling periods -- a 4-month lockout of the players -- but he oversaw a highly successful season once a 10-year collective bargaining agreement was reached. On Wednesday, he reaped some rewards himself with a contract extension through March 2019.

"It is the only place I have ever wanted to work," Goodell said after the league's compensation committee approved the extension.

The 52-year-old Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006. His original five-year contract was extended in 2009. He earned about $10 million, including bonuses, under that contract. During the lockout, he had a $1 salary.

No terms were disclosed for the new contract.

"I am grateful for the contributions and counsel of NFL owners in managing our league, the talented staff that supports us, and the players and coaches that perform their magic on the field. It is truly a team effort," Goodell said. "I am eagerly looking ahead to the challenge of building on our momentum and doing all we can to improve our game for the fans and everyone that is part of our league."

In 2011, he negotiated long-term contract extensions of the NFL's television contracts. The NFL agreed to an eight-year extension with ESPN in September that will keep "Monday Night Football" on the network through the 2021 season. Nine-year agreements with CBS, Fox, and NBC were announced later in the year.

Twenty-three of the top-25 rated TV programs during the football season were NFL games.

Goodell has made player safety and discipline his main focal points, and the league has ramped up fines and even suspensions for illegal hits. He also has been criticized for how the league dealt with retired players and with post-career health issues such as brain trauma; both issues have become priorities for Goodell and the league in recent years.

"I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner," said Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, chairman of the compensation committee, which also includes owners Tom Benson (New Orleans), Pat Bowlen (Denver), Robert Kraft (New England), Jerry Richardson (Carolina), and Steve Ross (Miami). "Since becoming commissioner in 2006, the NFL -- already the leader in professional sports -- has gotten even stronger.

"As evidenced by this contract extension, we have great confidence in Roger's vision and leadership of the NFL. Our clubs, players and fans could not ask for a better CEO."

Goodell began his career in pro football as an intern at the NFL office in 1982, then worked in the New York Jets' public relations department in 1983. He returned to the league office in 1984 in the public relations department, and at one point was in charge of handing out media credentials for postseason games.

Goodell worked his way through the ranks and was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer by Tagliabue in 2001. He oversaw the league's football operations and officiating departments, and supervised all league business functions.

When Tagliabue retired in 2006, Goodell beat out a handful of other candidates for the job.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7502396/commissioner-roger-goodell-gets-extension-2018-season

The1ApplePie
01-25-2012, 03:06 PM
Two-hand touch by 2016?

NastyNate
01-26-2012, 03:37 AM
Translation from the owners and NFL execs: Roger Goodell made us a butt ton of money. Keep that gravy coming R-dawg!

Rey
01-26-2012, 08:21 AM
The NBA has made me come to appreciate Goodell.

NitroGSXR
01-26-2012, 09:41 AM
After watching NBA and MLB's popularity struggle, I am sold on Goodell despite all the rule changes. I think he has done well with the image of the brand during these difficult economic times.

steelbtexan
01-26-2012, 10:02 AM
Two-hand touch by 2016?

This

But I thought you would like Goodell. He is a liberal afterall.

Surely Goodell cant ruin the NFL in 4 yrs?

Vinny
01-26-2012, 10:19 AM
I miss Tags. Goodell is slowly destroying the integrity of the game with his lawyered-up fine print rules and judgement calls that radically alter the game day experience and put the Refs in unwinnable situations, players flagged in unstoppable collisions, and fans in a grumbly mood from week to week.

steelbtexan
01-26-2012, 10:24 AM
The extention proves the the owners dont care about the game.

But they do care about the $$$$.

Everyday Goodell should thank Kraft for getting the new CBA done. Goodell is just short of being incompetent. IMHO

foo82
02-01-2012, 12:05 PM
Well, he could be Selig or Stern..

eriadoc
02-01-2012, 12:31 PM
Two-hand touch by 2016?

Not quite. Did you watch the Pro Bowl this past weekend? That.

machineo
02-01-2012, 02:20 PM
Two-hand touch by 2016?
Tackling is too uncivilized if he wants the game to migrate over to UK. Super Bowl L, as in Super Bowl London?

Dread-Head
02-01-2012, 03:27 PM
(in best Homer Simpson voice)

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mattieuk
02-01-2012, 06:06 PM
Tackling is too uncivilized if he wants the game to migrate over to UK. Super Bowl L, as in Super Bowl London?

Too true. Don't want any rough stuff in the UK.

Yours Sincerely,
Rugby.

JPPT1974
02-01-2012, 06:41 PM
Well, he could be Selig or Stern..

Hopefully let's hope not! We can only hope not as Goodell I saw on 60 Minutes on Sunday, seems to be a decent person.

Texan_Bill
02-01-2012, 08:43 PM
I miss Tags. Goodell is slowly destroying the integrity of the game with his lawyered-up fine print rules and judgement calls that radically alter the game day experience and put the Refs in unwinnable situations, players flagged in unstoppable collisions, and fans in a grumbly mood from week to week.

Vinny, while I agree with you on Goofell, I disagree about Tags... Paul Tagliabue did everything in his power to let LA win the 32nt expansion team in the league, and for that, I hold some animosity (bending over for LA)!!!

Back to your original premise about Goofell, I totally agree. He will EFF this thing up!!!

TexanSam
02-01-2012, 09:47 PM
It seems next to impossible for any commissioner in any of the major sports to get fired. David Stern's had two lockouts during his tenure, as well as numerous markets who are struggling to support their teams, but he's still there. Bud Selig had the entire postseason and World Series cancelled because of his lockout, a huge disparity between the good and bad teams, but he still has a job. Gary Bettman had an entire season cancelled under his watch and he still has a job too. Roger Goodell could cancel an entire season and turn the NFL into flag football and he'd probably still have a job.

mattieuk
02-02-2012, 03:08 PM
Roger Goodell could cancel an entire season and turn the NFL into flag football and he'd probably still have a job.

Bottom line rules - fact is the NFL is a powerhouse economically at the moment, and I'm sure a lot of credit is due to Goodell for that. The owners certainly appriciate it.