NFL extends Goodell's contract

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a contract extension through the 2018 season. (REUTERS/Eric...

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a contract extension through the 2018 season. (REUTERS/Eric Miller/Files)

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NEW YORK - The National Football League announced Wednesday that its clubs have agreed to a new contract with Roger Goodell that extends his term as commissioner through the 2018 season.

"I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner," said Atlanta Falcons owner and chairman Arthur M. Blank, who serves as chairman of the NFL Compensation Committee. "Since becoming commissioner in 2006, the NFL -- already the leader in professional sports -- has gotten even stronger. As evidenced by this contract extension, we have great confidence in Roger's vision and leadership of the NFL. Our clubs, players and fans could not ask for a better CEO."

Last year, Goodell, 52, helped secure a landmark 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA.

During his first six seasons as commissioner, he has addressed a wide range of issues to improve the league, such as player health and safety; the medical needs and pensions of retired players; personal conduct; and international development.

"It is a privilege for me to serve the NFL," said Goodell, whose new contract expires March 31, 2019. "It is the only place I have ever wanted to work. I am grateful for the contributions and counsel of NFL owners in managing our league, the talented staff that supports us, and the players and coaches that perform their magic on the field. It is truly a team effort. I am eagerly looking ahead to the challenge of building on our momentum and doing all we can to improve our game for the fans and everyone that is part of our league."


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