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Roger Goodell To Retire As NFL Commissioner When His Contract Expires

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Roger Goodell’s new contract will take him through to the end of his run as the commissioner of the NFL, according to NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart.

Goodell signed a five-year extension on his previous contract last week. With the extension, his contract will not expire until March of 2024, but it has already been decided that he will retire as NFL commissioner at that time, NFL.com reports.

The decision came out of the Winter League Meeting in Las Colinas, Texas on Wednesday.

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Goodell joined the NFL as an intern back in 1982 and worked in various roles before being named commissioner in September of 2006. When the time for him to step down approaches, Goodell will participate in the league’s search for a successor, Lockhart said.

In the ten years that Goodell has served as commissioner he has face repeated scrutiny from team owners, players and fans. His most recent point of criticism came as a result of how he has handled the national anthem protests, which Colin Kaepernick began at the start of the 2016-17 season.

Although the number of players protesting has decreased drastically, it is still one of the issues that is discussed around the NFL on a weekly basis.