NFL's Roger Goodell signs contract extension amid Trump disputes
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signed a contract extension on Wednesday that reports say could be worth as much as $200 million.

Goodell's agreement with the NFL follows weeks of public negotiations and turmoil within the league as the NFL grapples with a number of controversies, including a dispute with President Trump over whether players should be allowed to protest during the national anthem.

Trump has personally called on Goodell to take action over the protests, which he has deemed disrespectful, and called for team owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.


The New York Times and ESPN both reported that the deal reached with Goodell is worth roughly $200 million over five years. The new deal has a caveat that Goodell's salary will only be paid in full if the NFL reaches certain financial targets.

The NFL in a memo described the consensus among team owners that Goodell should be re-signed as "nearly unanimous."

Sports Illustrated's's The MMBQ reported that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was among the holdouts in the deal. Jones reportedly cited reservations about extending Goodell's contract while the league faces contentious issues.

But Arthur Blank, the chairman of the league’s six-owner compensation committee and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, said that Jones "understands the contract and how we got here,” according to The MMBQ.

Goodell has been commissioner since 2006 and has a year and a half left on his current contract.

Goodell's new term runs through the 2024 football season.