Tom Brady goes blank as Roger Goodell's reign gets longer

Posted August 22, 2017

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell is close to signing a five-year extension contract that would run through 2024, as first reported by Sports Business Journal.

Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006.

The former PR man earned $32M in fiscal 2015 and more than $210M during his 10 years as commissioner.

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The news was first reported Monday by the Sports Business Journal and confirmed by ESPN and NFL Network.

Negotiations on a new deal for Goodell have been underway since last May.

Goodell's new deal, should it be completed, reportedly would be in line monetarily with his current one.

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There have been plenty of other major controversies during Goodell's leadership: the ongoing concussion lawsuits and settlements, Ray Rice's domestic violence incident, Michael Vick's dog-fighting ring, Ben Roethlisberger's sexual assault allegations, and more.

Brady and Goodell underwent a legal battle over Brady's four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, a ball-deflating scandal which started during the AFC Championship Game following the 2014 season. The NFL is no longer required to file his salary as the league office has given up its non-profit status, thus salary figures are no longer available.

Labor peace has also been an issue, with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire in 2020. NFL Player's Association leader DeMaurice Smith has talked of a possible strike or lockout, and some vocal critics of Goodell and the NFL, like Richard Sherman, have said that the players need to be prepared to strike to elicit actual change.

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