In recent days, we have spoken with each of you individually regarding the status of the negotiations to extend Commissioner Goodell's employment contract.
Despite opposition from one of the league's most powerful owners, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a new contract, according to multiple reports.
Despite almost incessant griping by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about Goodell's demands, and his ensuing attempt to stop the extension at all costs, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports that an extension was signed.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who chairs the compensation committee, in a letter to fellow owners said Goodell's pay is "fully consistent with market compensation".
The dispute between the commissioner and Jones stems from Goodell's decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who had been accused of domestic violence by a former girlfriend. He had four or five other owners on his side, at most.
Goodell has overseen significant revenue growth for the National Football League but has also been the subject of major scrutiny in recent years for his handling of sensitive issues such as domestic violence and concussions. The NFL paid Goodell almost $32 million in fiscal year 2015, the last year for which public records exist. He later told USA Today Sports that he would not sue over the extension but wanted "accountability" in the process.
Despite Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' best efforts, Roger Goodell has his new deal.
Jones had been removed as a non-voting seventh member of the compensation committee after his threat of a lawsuit.