Roger Goodell's contract extended through 2019

The NFL announced this morning that commissioner Roger Goodell has had his contract extended through March 31, 2019.

This is the third contract of Goodell’s tenure, which began in 2006.

"I speak on behalf of 32 NFL club owners in saying we are fortunate to have Roger Goodell as our commissioner," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "Since becoming commissioner in 2006, the NFL -- already the leader in professional sports -- has gotten even stronger. As evidenced by this contract extension, we have great confidence in Roger's vision and leadership of the NFL. Our clubs, players and fans could not ask for a better CEO."

The 52-year-old Goodell has helped grow the popularity of the league, cracked down on off-field behavior and made a commitment to player health and safety.

“It is a privilege for me to serve the NFL," Goodell said. "It is the only place I have ever wanted to work. I am grateful for the contributions and counsel of NFL owners in managing our league, the talented staff that supports us, and the players and coaches that perform their magic on the field. It is truly a team effort. I am eagerly looking ahead to the challenge of building on our momentum and doing all we can to improve our game for the fans and everyone that is part of our league."

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