Good for Goodell
I’m obviously honored to do this job. – R. Goodell
If you aren’t a fan of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, you better suck it up because he’s not going anywhere. The league announced to NFL news outlets that Goodell has received a three-year contract extension that will keep him as commissioner until 2027. Yes, that means three more years of NFL games and Super Bowls spearheaded by Goodell.
It’s set to run through 2027 — and bring his career earnings to roughly $700 million. pic.twitter.com/tOxjwYBzZp
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) October 17, 2023
Goodell is 64 right now so if he makes it through his contract, he’ll have been older than former commissioners Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue, who both retired by the age of 65. For the NFL’s part, they had no issue extending Goodell.
“It really was quite simple, honestly,” Goodell said of the process involved for the extension. “It was just a matter of getting to it, frankly. It wasn’t much of a discussion. It was pretty quick.
“I’m obviously honored to do this job.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on his contract extension: “I’m obviously honored to do this job. It won’t change how I approach my day to day job.”
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 18, 2023
In case you don’t listen to NFL rumors, Goodell is not a fan favorite, and yet it’s hard to deny that he’s done a good job of making NFL teams a lot of money. He’s being well compensated for his efforts and should eclipse over $700 million in career earnings once he retires, which is more than any player has ever made.
By 2027, Roger Goodell’s career earnings will be more than double what any player has made 💰
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) October 18, 2023
It remains to be seen what Goodell’s future plans are but this is likely going to be his last contract as NFL Commissioner. It’s a high-stress job and he takes a lot of criticism. Obviously, he’s making a lot of money so I don’t feel bad for him but he’s a punching bag for a lot of players, coaches, and owners.
At the end of the day, fans are going to have an issue with whoever is the NFL Commissioner. His job is essentially to be the bad guy as he’s responsible for deciding on suspensions and fines. His job is to also represent the owners and we all know that those aren’t exactly the most moral group of people.
Fans usually are on the sides of the players and it’s not the commissioner’s job to be on the side of players. Also, at least we know what we’re getting with Goodell. When he’s replaced, we have no idea what we’re getting. It could be somebody so much worse. Just look what Adam Silver’s done with the NBA. It’s a complete mess over there and he has no control of his players or the league.
Goodell can be irritating as hell and a lot of things he does are frustrating but sometimes it’s better to stick with the devil you know over the devil you don’t.