Good­ell ‘go­ing nowhere,’ says NFL con­sul­tant

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Marc Ga­nis, a reg­u­lar con­sul­tant to the NFL’s 32 team own­ers, says the em­bat­tled Roger Good­ell isn’t go­ing any­where.

Some­times dubbed the NFL’s 33rd owner be­cause of his ties to the sport’s power bro­kers, Ga­nis says Good­ell’s job is safe, even as Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones tries to block the ap­proval of the com­mis­sioner’s con­tract ex­ten­sion.

“He is the best per­son to man­age and run the Na­tional Foot­ball League go­ing into the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment and the new TV con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions. Pe­riod. Full stop,” Ga­nis said on the Bloomberg Busi­ness of Sports podcast. “The own­ers know how much value he has brought to them and to the league. He is go­ing nowhere.”

Jones has es­ca­lated his feud with Good­ell, hir­ing high-pro­file at­tor­ney David Boies and threat­en­ing to sue the league and fel­low own­ers over talks to ex­tend the com­mis­sioner’s con­tract, ac­cord­ing to the New York Times. The squab­ble stems from the com­mis­sioner’s sus­pen­sion of Cow­boys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott, who was ac­cused of do­mes­tic abuse by a former girl­friend. Good­ell banned El­liott for six games, even though no charges were filed. El­liott had con­tin­ued to play up un­til this week, when his sus­pen­sion is ex­pected to be­gin.

In May, the own­ers, Jones in­cluded, voted unan­i­mously to ex­tend Good­ell’s con­tract, ac­cord­ing to the Times. Jones, how­ever, be­gan lob­by­ing against rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the deal after his run­ning back was sus­pended.

Good­ell’s an­nual com­pen­sa­tion has grown to more than $34 mil­lion since he be­came the NFL’s com­mis­sioner in 2006. When his con­tract was last ex­tended in 2014, his pay pack­age put him at No. 62 on the Bloomberg Pay In­dex, a rank­ing of the high­est-paid ex­ec­u­tives of pub­licly traded U.S. com­pa­nies.

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