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Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:22 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 5:45 am
 
Goodell should be all smiles with his new five-year extension. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Football is more popular than ever and Commissioner Roger Goodell deserves a lot of the credit for that. The owners apparently believe so too, as they extended Goodell's contract for five more years, through March of 2019.

The news, as first reported by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal, means that Goodell will remain the NFL's commissioner through the 2018 season.

"It is a privilege for me to serve the NFL," Goodell said in a statement. "It is the only place I have ever wanted to work. 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. 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."

Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006 and his original five-year contract was extended in 2009 through 2014.

"I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner," Falcons owner and Chairman of the Competition Committee Arthur Blank said. "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."

Highlights of Goodell's tenure include a 10-year labor agreement, a rise in popularity of the NFL, a new merchandise agreement with Nike that begins in 2012, bananas television ratings, and new television contracts. Additionally, the league has placed an emphasis on player safety and expanded the league's popularity to Europe.

"I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement, via Breer.

The NFL, despite suffering through a lengthy lockout in the offseason, had one of the most successful years in league history in 2011. There's little question that professional football will continue to grow and Goodell, who's been a major part of the NFL's success over the past half decade, will continue to help it do so.

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Comments

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

"the best football players play here" ???? Where else can they play, if they don't play here?



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

"Football is more popular than ever and Commissioner Roger Goodell deserves a lot of the credit for that." SPECIOUS Reasoning. The NFL is popular because people like football, and the best football players play here. Football is not more popular because of Goddell, he has created a league in which we have falsely inflated stats and his myopic rule changes will lead to a diminished appreciation for offense (by the fans).

If there was no commissioner the NFL would be just as popular as it is now. You know how bad Goddell is; he makes Selig look good.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

Why they extended this bums job is beyond me,,  He  has ruined the NFL!  Between the over time rules ,,,   and all the rules on how to tackle...     BUM!!



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:14 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

What? wait! we dont get a vote!!!!!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

For his next moves as commissioner - 1. Quarters will be shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes, so that you can have 2 hrs 15 min. of beer and car commercials, instead of the 2 hrs. they currently have.   2.  Defensive players will be fined and suspended if they tackle an offensive player anywhere above the chest and anywhere below the waist.  3.  If a player's helmet makes any contact with an offensive player, even accidentally, he will be suspended for the entire season and fined $500,000 for the first offense.

(Note: Rule 3 only applies to Pittsburgh Steelers players)



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:39 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

To all those who oppose.......... we need to start a petition on facebook to dethrone Goodell!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

 wonder if by 2018, the fans will be getting kicked out of the stadium for excessive celebration (being too loud), and end up like golf where there is a Que cards held up "Quiet "cheer" etc.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

Goodell has done a good job. It's a tough position...he works for the owners, but is expected to please everyone, including fans who have no concept of executive responsibilities.   



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

Always thought the owners were a stupid bunch of rich a o's  this confirms it.  there will be flags on the qbs soon. 



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Roger Goodell gets five-year extension to 2019

What???  Apparently the players and the fans had no say in this.  He hasn't made the game better, he's only made it more confusing as to whats a good play and whats a dirty play.  And based on what I've seen, he's not even sure anymore.


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