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What does he want his legacy to be as NFL commissioner?
“If I was focused on my legacy, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you,” Goodell said Wednesday when team owners gathered in New York for their annual October meetings. “I will not sign any extension. My job is to be the commissioner of the National Football League as best I can.
“I’m focused on what we have to accomplish.”
On Wednesday, the NFL announced a deal to extend Goodell for three years, through March 2027. The extension will extend his commissioner tenure to more than 20 years. How did he get here and what can fans expect for the next three years? The answers are not different.
Goodell’s renewal by NFL team owners sends a message that they like the direction he’s taken the NFL — and where they plan to take it next.
The path traverses the changing media landscape, the growing market of international hosts, sports gambling and much more. On the other hand, the path from here to 2027 does not seem to pass through labor negotiations. The NFL and NFLPA’s current collective bargaining agreement extends through the 2030 season.
So Goodell can focus on business development areas rather than game maintenance, giving team owners hope that the future will be as lucrative as their past and present have proven.
“For the next three years,” Goodell said, “I’m going to bust my butt.”
NFL revenue, global reach grow under Goodell
According to Forbes, NFL revenues have grown steadily over the past decade and reached an all-time high of $11.9 billion last season. That revenue, which allowed each of the 32 teams to collect $372 million, increased 7% from a year earlier.
It is on the rise again.
Goodell’s administration recently acquired ownership buyouts with two major categories: streaming development and international development.
What are the prospects for Roger Goodell in the next few years as NFL commissioner? (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Associated Press)
The NFL continues to earn most of its income from broadcast deals, including hefty contracts from traditional partners such as ESPN/ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC. But the NFL also began integrating exclusive broadcasts from Amazon last season, which is paying $13.2 billion for 11 years of “Thursday Night Football” rights. The NFL’s Sunday Ticket package moved to YouTube this season, paying 50% more for the rights than DirecTV paid last year. NFL executive vice president Brian Rolapp said this week that the number of Sunday Ticket subscribers is reaching a five-year high.
Also in the offseason, according to NFL executive Peter O’Reilly, the “Quarterback” documentary, on which the NFL partnered with Netflix to reveal behind-the-scenes footage of top-10 active players in 16 country markets Was.
This promotes the international growth that the NFL has leaned heavily on during Goodell’s tenure. When expanding to 17 games in 2021, the league agreed that four regular-season games each year would be played abroad, in addition to franchise-organized contests such as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ recurring London games.
London’s two stadiums have enjoyed an economic boom with NFL games, as did Munich’s last year. Next year, the league hopes to host a game in Madrid or a Brazilian city. Add to this the emerging international Nickelodeon broadcast of the Super Bowl to engage children overseas; the inclusion of flag football in the Olympics in hopes of continuing women’s participation in the sport; And an international player pipeline whereby teams can add an international player to their practice squad without losing a single spot?
“We’re focused on how we can make the NFL better every day, how we can become a global game,” Goodell said. “How do we continue to look at the future of strategy? Internationalism is a big part of that.
Goodell’s job may not be what fans think
The praise that Goodell receives each year in the NFL Draft reflects the inconsistency between fans’ and team owners’ reactions to Goodell. Fans see Goodell as the face of many of the issues that bother them, from controversial officiating to social justice reactions to league policies that limit suspensions arising from off-field conduct such as gambling and substance abuse. trigger. Meanwhile, team owners look at their bank accounts and see the sport’s steady climb along identified paths forward.
The booing of the fans is still visible. They are still attending NFL games that regularly move up the TV rankings as the most watched programs. This is more important to team owners than fans’ perceptions of the league.
Goodell’s tenure has been far from ideal. But the NFL’s finances have continued to move in the direction that the constituents who vote for the commissioner, team owners, want. And thus, three more years of waiting.
What will happen in 2027?
Goodell and the league have declined to speculate whether this contract will be Goodell’s last. League voices also divided on NFL structure after 2027 Needed Continue to put forward a single commissioner as the league’s reach and scope balloons.
“Internally we have to continue to look at whether we ultimately split the position where you have a CEO and a commissioner,” said Indianapolis Colts team owner Jim Irsay, a member of the compensation committee that approved Goodell’s deal. ” “The owners need to talk about it in advance… so we are ahead of the curve in preparation and internal discussions.”
Another high-ranking team executive this week pointed to the shortcomings of that plan. In short: What happens when football and business ideas collide? If a commissioner can’t break the tie between the best on-field product and the most attractive product, who will win? The league’s growing international roster, despite the toll it takes on players’ bodies, and the recently added 17th regular season game show that business is Line 1 and thus the main role a commissioner should play.
For now, that’s Commissioner Goodell.
“I’m grateful to do this job, obviously honored,” Goodell said. ,[The extension] There will be no change in my daily behavior from this.