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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to retire at end of contract

Sportsnaut logo Sportsnaut 12/13/2017 Vincent Frank
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell just inked a lucrative $200 million contract extension that will take him through the 2023 season.

The extension and its terms were scrutinized at great length by those in the football world, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones included.

But those who fear that Goodell’s overreaching power will extend beyond the 2023 season can take solace in the fact that he plans to retire after his current contract expires.

It is, however, important to note that Goodell, who is 58 years old, will still be a key player in collective bargaining negotiations after the current one ends in 2020. That could potentially lead to a work stoppage here at some point over the next few seasons.

Between now and 2023, Goodell will work on a succession plan.

It’s not yet known who might be in line to replace him, but we’re sure the aforementioned Jones would like to be considered an option.

In any event, this is some startling news. Goodell has overseen the greatest financial uptick in professional sports history during his tenure as commissioner. He’s also a highly divisive figure. Having an end to his rule in sight could very well strengthen relations between the NFL and the NFLPA.

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