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Roger Goodell's Sticking around the NFL till 2015

Goodell's contract extended through 2015

New York, NY (Sports Network) - NFL owners have unanimously voted to extend the contract of commissioner Roger Goodell through the 2015 season.

Goodell's original deal was set to expire in September 2011, and the new five- year deal, which was voted on at a league meeting in December, has no change in his annual compensation, according to Arthur Blank, the chairman of the NFL's Compensation Committee.

"Commissioner Goodell and his staff have done an outstanding job, and this is a statement of confidence in Roger's leadership," said Blank, also the owner of the Atlanta Falcons. "NFL ownership recognizes his already significant list of accomplishments and is fully behind his strategic vision for the future of our league."

Goodell became the eighth commissioner of the league in 2006, replacing Paul Tagliabue, who retired after a successful 16-year reign as the leader of the league.

Goodell began his NFL career in 1982 working as an administrative intern in the league office. He was an intern with the New York Jets in 1983 and returned to the NFL office in 1984 as an assistant in the public relations department. Three years later, he was appointed assistant to the president of the American Football Conference.

Tagliabue appointed Goodell as executive VP and COO in December of 2001, and Goodell supervised all league business functions.

He was key member of the negotiating team for new television agreements and the extension of the league's collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association, which expires at the end of the 2010 season.

Last week, in his annual state of the league address, Goodell said he was optimistic that a new collective bargaining agreement could be in place before season, though a work stoppage in 2011 is a possibility.

"We want an agreement and I think every owner will tell you the same thing," Goodell said last week. "The idea that ownership would be anxious for a work stoppage is false.

"Since the 2006 agreement was struck, we have generated $3.6 billion in incremental revenue, $2.6 billion of that has gone to the players. The owners are $200 million worse off than they were in 2006. The system is not working on one side of the equation and that's the point."

Goodell said the league needs an agreement that will benefit everyone, owners, players and fans.

02/12 14:07:08 ET

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