NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell nearing contract extension

DeMaurice Smith Accuses Roger Goodell Of Lying About Collaboration

Goodell's current contract ends in 2019 and his new deal will extend him until the year 2024.

Goodell, 58, has been the top executive in the nation's most popular sport since September 1, 2006, when he succeeded Paul Tagliabue.

Goodell, 58, made $212.5 million in his first 10 years as commissioner after taking taking over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006.

The NFL issued a statement to HBO, reportedly relayed in the segment, that asserts it sought cooperation from the players union when it was drafting new rules. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is maybe not as close as Kaplan indicated, but he still expects the extension to get done.

Goodell's ability to negotiate the terms of the current CBA made the owners a lot of money, and that goes a long way in explaining why the commissioner is close to a contract extension.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been accused of mishandling some of the most important issues in league history, but team owners don't seem to care as long as he keeps lining their pockets. He stared down Brady, the best player in football, for 14 months of the silliest scandal in sports, dragging Deflategate through the court system to ensure the Patriot's four-game ban would stand up. DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA, recently said a work stoppage then is a "virtual certainty".

While Goodell's job comes with a natural dose of divisiveness, he has become the face of player discontent with the league's discipline system.

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