Commissioner who basically let the National Football League die a death this season with the “take a knee” protests is being rewarded with a new contract extension.
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner got a new $40 million per year deal.
It is no secret that the NFL is not doing well this year. With reports of mostly empty stadiums and networks airing the games are hemorrhaging ratings, it seems like its time for a change.
Even with dismal turnout, the team owners have decided to approve a five year contract extension that will pay him $40 million a year.
According to ESPN:
Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a letter obtained by ESPN.
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the new contract would be worth $200 million over the life of the contract — about $40 million annually — if owners approve all the bonuses and all the incentives are met. The new deal runs through the 2023 season.
The base salary of the new contract is in the single-digit millions, a source had told Schefter. Roughly 85 percent of the total potential compensation package is from bonuses, which would be subject to ownership approval and validation.
It is a mystery as to why this is happening. Usually, people of power like this get rewarded for their projects thriving, not dying. This seems a bit counter productive.
This season the NFL has gone downhill after now unemployed Colin Kaepernick of the San Fransisco 49ers took a knee during the National Anthem in protest of “black oppression”.
After many other NFL players followed in his footsteps and also took a knee, the public responded with a boycott of the beloved franchise.
Its clear the NFL did little to stop the protests. Even though some team owners have forbidden protests from their players, the commissioner has basically done nothing.
Another thing to note is that Goodell is quite oblivious to these faults. He had originally demanded $50 million a year and lifetime use of a private jet.
Looks like the NFL is not going to recover anytime soon.