NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been given a new five-year contract running until March 2015.
Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue on Sept. 1, 2006, and his contract was due to expire this September. The NFL said Friday that owners voted to award the new contract when they met in December
“Commissioner Goodell and his staff have done an outstanding job and this is a statement of confidence in Roger’s leadership,” Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, chairman of the NFL’s compensation committee, said in a statement. “NFL ownership recognizes his already significant list of accomplishments and is fully behind his strategic vision for the future of our league.”
Goodell’s new deal and the NFL’s latest federal tax filing were first reported Friday by Sports Business Journal, and the league then released the information to The Associated Press.
While all terms of the new deal have not been completed. Blank said the annual compensation will be unchanged.
The NFL said a year ago that Goodell voluntarily took a cut of 20-25 percent, and that he and other league executives were freezing their salaries for 2009. That announcement was made at the same time the league said it cut 169 jobs through buyouts, layoffs and other staff reductions, a drop of just over 15 percent of a work force that had been 1,100.