NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith Says Roger Goodell Lied About Changes to Conduct Policy

Posted August 22, 2017

Goodell's new deal will reportedly be similar to his current contract, which expires in 2019.

The 58-year-old Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September 2006.

Goodell made $44 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year and $34 million the next year.

A deal is likely to be completed, but there are still issues to work out because talks have not progressed as expected, a league source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news was first reported Monday by the Sports Business Journal and confirmed by ESPN and NFL Network.

Commissioner Roger Goodell is on track to maintain his prominent place at the table for the next round of collective bargaining between National Football League owners and players, a process that's sure to be contentious.

When the revised policy, which was unanimously approved by the owners in 2014, was revealed, the association issued a statement expressing displeasure on not being able to collectively bargain any changes to the policy. The NFL survived a lockout in 2011, before the owners and the union reached an agreement.

There have been plenty of other major controversies during Goodell's leadership: the ongoing concussion lawsuits and settlements, Ray Rice's domestic violence incident, Michael Vick's dog-fighting ring, Ben Roethlisberger's sexual assault allegations, and more.

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.

While Goodell's job comes with a natural dose of divisiveness, he has become the face of player discontent with the league's discipline system.