Due to the impressive results he obtained at the negotiations in 2011, Roger Goodell’s contract as NFL Commissioner was extended for five years, says Reuters. The initial deal was supposed to expire in March 2014, but all the members of the 32 clubs unanimously voted to extend the contract until March 31, 2019. This means that Goodell’s reign at the National Football League will last for almost 13 years.
The 32 club owners from the NFL were delighted with Goodell’s work as a Commissioner. In 2011 he helped solve the four-month lockout last year. Thanks to his negotiation skills, the 52-year-old Commissioner managed to settle a new deal and save the 2011 season.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the press that all club owners in the National Football League consider themselves lucky to have Goodell among them. He further stated that the NFL got stronger since Goodell’s arrival in 2006. Consequently, they are very confident that the Commissioner will manage to take even better decisions in the future, on behalf of the League.
A spokesperson confirmed that Goodell is more than welcome to be a part of the National Football League. He stated in the public declaration that this is the only place he wanted to work. The Commissioner also expressed his gratitude to the club owners, the staff, the players and the coaches who supported him. In the future, Goodell plans to build momentum and thus, help the NFL and the teams improve their game.
The NFL and the teams’ sponsors would have been seriously affected if the 2011 season had been cancelled. Roger Goodell managed to avoid a $9 billion disaster, thus gaining everyone’s confidence. The 52-year-old Commissioner is now looking forward for the final game of the season.
The last game of the season will take place on February 5. It is one of the most awaited games of the year as the New England Patriots will meet the New York Giants and battle for the Super Bowl title in Indianapolis.