Joe Thomas sounds off on Roger Goodell's rich new contract


National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell has signed his contract extension with a "near unanimous consensus" among owners, according to ProFootballTalk.

Huge revenue growth and the expansion into overseas game, including the International Series in the United Kingdom and Mexico, are notable success stories for the league whose Compensation Committee sent a memo to the 32 team owners on Wednesday and seen by Pro Football Talk, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and The Associated Press.

A person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press it is worth nearly $200 million, with a base of $40 million.

His tenure also included the controversial Bountygate and Deflategate sagas, both of which became conflicts with the NFL Players Association regarding the commissioner's power to not only hand out suspensions but also oversee player appeals.

Ultimately, Goodell's extension was approved.

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Goodell's demands were met with resistance by some around the league, particularly Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who tried to impede contract negotiations between Goodell and the NFL. Goodell has served as the league's commissioner since taking over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006, and while there has been plenty of controversy during his tenure, the league's owners have made a decision to keep him around.

"We also have expressed in those conversations our strong and unanimous belief that we should proceed to sign the agreement now, consistent with the unanimous May resolution and to avoid further controversy surrounding this issue.?"

At that time, Goodell's latest proposal was reportedly seeking around $50 million a year as well as lifetime use of a private jet and health insurance for his family. He was mainly displeased due to the way the league handled the situation of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The committee notified the owners with a memo that said a "binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities".

Jones was not immediately available for comment. After that, he was removed as a non-voting seventh member of the compensation committee.