NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is due a contract extension soon and, even though negotiations have met some opposition, it’s currently expected that he will be given a new deal.
However, Goodell is also reportedly furious about one of the new conditions that could come with a new deal.
Buried in ESPN’s report on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to sue the owners if Goodell’s contract is extended (first reported by the New York Times on Wednesday) is a nugget about Goodell being “furious” over the owners’ insistence that his new contract should be more performance-based.
The owners are seeking protection against a further decline in the ratings and the loss of additional revenue. So they would presumably condition Goodell’s contract to pay bonuses for hitting certain benchmarks.
It’s been a common practice in the structure of contracts for NFL players, so it’d certainly make sense that they’d apply similar logic to Goodell, another employee of the owners he serves. However, Goodell apparently doesn’t see it that way.
He feels like the owners have made plenty of money while the league has been under his supervision and that he should be compensated accordingly. Although, one could argue that Goodell is making more than his fair share, with the most recent reports indicating he’s making over $34 million a year.
Given the way he handled the Ray Rice incident, Josh Brown, Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott, you could also make the argument that he is dramatically overcompensated. Add in the ratings decline and it’s hard to see how Goodell can think that he has any leverage in this negotiation.
Ultimately, this boils down to whatever the owners decide on and then it’s a take it or leave it offer. With several owners already siding with Jones (though not enough to form a majority), Goodell should be happy with just about whatever he gets, frankly.
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