GOODELL’S CONTRACT EXTENDED
five-year contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024. A memo from the NFL’s compensation committee to team owners obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press confirms that Goodell and committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have signed the extension. That extension has been a source of controversy because Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones objected to the process. All 32 owners approved in May the compensation committee’s power to negotiate and sign a deal with Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006. Since then, the league’s total revenues have more than doubled to US$14 billion. A person familiar with the contract said it is worth almost $200 million, with a base of $40 million. But the deal is incentive-laden, the person added.