Roger Goodell’s Contract Extension Delayed And Overshadowed By National Anthem Debate
The national anthem kneeling debate has spread from NFL stadiums to the announcing booths to the singing of the national anthem at NBA games to cable news shows to the White House. The polarizing issue has even affected Roger Goodell’s contract negotiations.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the national anthem kneeling controversy has become such a vast quandary that it has put Goodell’s contract extension on the backburner. “The anthem issue has overridden everything — and I do mean everything,” a source told Schefter. During the NFL owners meetings in New York last week, only 20 minutes was spent on talking about Goodell’s extension, while the anthem controversy dominated the discussions. There are reports that had the national anthem controversy not existed, there was a very good chance that Goodell would have had a contract renewal last week at the owners meeting.
Despite the delay in Goodell’s contract extension being signed, the renewal of the commissioner’s contract is expected to be completed. The contract extension will allegedly still happen despite some worrying declines in the NFL’s overall brand.