NFL's Goodell seals five-year extension
Roger Goodell, commissioner of American football’s NFL, has agreed a five-year extension of his contract with the league.
The deal is worth $200 million, according to reports in USA.
Goodell’s present contract was due to expire in 2019 but the renewed deal takes him through to 2024.
Goodell (pictured), who has been commissioner of the NFL since 2006, has faced criticism in the last few years over cases of domestic violence and anti-doping issues among players.
The 58-year-old had faced some opposition to his contractual renewal, especially from Jerry Jones, the outspoken owner of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, who criticised Goodell for his stance on the controversial protests that have taken place during games this season, and the suspension of one of the Cowboys' star players, Ezekiel Elliott.
The NFL has garnered attention outside sports circles recently because of the decision of some players to kneel during the anthem to highlight race issues in USA.
In 2015, Goodell was reported to have earned $32 million in the role, a fee which includes compensation, other benefits and an average salary of $4 million.
He made a total of $212.5 million in his first 10 years as commissioner, according to the NFL’s tax filings.
He replaced Paul Tagliabue, who was commissioner from 1989 until he retired in 2006.
Goodell joined the league as an intern in 1982 before rising up to the rank of executive vice-president and chief operating officer in 2001.