NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signs contract extension that could reach nearly $40 million per year

Roger Goodell signed a new five-year extension to serve as NFL commissioner. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a five-year extension to remain in his role through 2024 despite last month’s opposition from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that has since receded.

Under the extension, revealed Wednesday in a memo sent by owners on the league’s compensation committee, Goodell’s pay could top out at a maximum of approximately $40 million annually, though close to 90 percent would be tied to incentives.

The commissioner’s extension from league owners comes at a turbulent time for the NFL. TV ratings have sagged over the past two seasons, and this season the league and Goodell have faced intense criticism by President Trump and some fans about players’ protests during the national anthem. Owners declined to enact a rule when they met in October requiring players to stand for the anthem. They said they instead were focused on discussions with the players about league support of players’ community activism.

Those discussions culminated with an agreement on a social justice initiative by which the league and owners would contribute about $90 million between the onset of the deal and 2023 to social causes considered important to players, particularly in African American communities. Both sides have said the agreement does

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