National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell close to receiving contract extension through 2024

HBO Real Sports goes inside the NFLPA as Bryant Gumbel interviews DeMaurice Smith

According to ESPN, divisive NFL honcho Roger Goodell is close to an agreement that would see him continue his role as league commissioner until 2024. Goodell's current contract runs through 2019.

The 58-year-old Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September 2006. Because the two sides have yet to formally agree to a new deal, the parameters and financial details surrounding the looming pact have yet to come to light. However, his new deal is expected to be similar to his prior contract in terms of compensation, according to Sports Business Journal.

The NFL has not needed to report Goodell's salary since the end of its 2015 fiscal year, when it gave up its tax-exempt status.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been accused of mishandling some of the most important issues in league history, but team owners don't seem to care as long as he keeps lining their pockets.

An NFL spokesperson, in a statement to HBO, said the league tried to engage the union in drafting a tougher policy but said the union had no interest.

It is also worth noting that the league's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2020.

Things seemed to hit their peak when the NFL suspended New England Patriots QB Tom Brady four games for possibly deflating footballs, though the evidence was far from concrete. One issue Smith says he will be focused on is Goodell's authority in disciplining players. That goes a long way in explaining why the commissioner is close to a contract extension.

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