The 58-year-old Goodell took over as National Football League commissioner in 2006, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Paul Tagliabue.
Under Goodell, the league has seen a windfall of cash, but also numerous off-field controversies.
The new contract is expected despite that Goodell, 58, has recently butted heads with two owners: the Patriots' Robert Kraft over the Tom Brady "Deflategate" scandal and the Cowboys' Jerry Jones over running Ezekiel Elliott's six-game domestic-violence suspension. Five years later, Goodell succeeded Tagliabue.
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A new contract would mean Goodell will likely oversee negotiations between owners and the NFL Players Association over a new collective bargaining agreement in 2021. Players have no more leverage than they did when Goodell took over the league, and he is willing to be the judge, jury, and executioner in every player discipline case to ensure that they do not feel empowered. Assuming a contract gets done, that speculation appears to be false.
The NFL office has given up its status as a non-profit, flimsy as that was anyway, so it is no longer required to make Goodell's salary public.
Redskins officials adamantly denied any wrongdoing, and the penalties had a significant impact on the team's ability to compete for free agents and roster depth.