Goodell has been the NFL Commissioner since 2006, and his current contract before the deal was put in place run through March 2019.
While a handful of owners, which included Jerry Jones, had tried to stop this deal from getting done, it was only a matter of time before it happened. ". We are pleased to report that there is a almost unanimous consensus among the ownership in favor of signing the contract extension now".
The Compensation Committee consisted of six owners and was given authorization to execute an extension for Goodell. In 2013, for instance, he pocketed $44 million, but that figure dropped to $34 million in 2014.
Terms of the new five-year deal weren't made public, but multiple reports say Goodell could make up to $200 million, the vast majority though being "tied to meeting financial targets and other incentives", or even more.
Roger Goodell at the Eagles vs. Rams game in 2017.
Besides, the NFL's recent ratings downtick is just a small part of an overall trend across the television industry.