Between the goofballs at ESPN and the NFL Commissioner, professional football is swiftly heading downward. Ratings and attendance have both been down but Roger Goodell wants you to know he doesn’t care what you think…

Fox Business reports:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shrugged off declining television ratings, saying the league’s games resulted in some of the highest-rated shows in 2017.

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“We always want ratings to go up, but we’re 37 of the top 50 shows, which is higher than ever,” Goodell told a small group of reporters shortly before the Jacksonville Jaguars’ playoff game versus the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, according to ESPN Opens a New Window. . “We’re likely to be the No. 1 show on Fox—excuse me on all of television, the Fox Sunday afternoon game. Sunday night, prime time is for the seventh year in a row the No. 1 show. Thursday night football is No. 2.”

Television viewership declined nearly 10% across all networks during the 2016-2017 regular season, according to data from Nielsen, while an average NFL game was watched by 1.6 million fewer people in 2017 versus the prior year— an overall decline from 16.5 million to 14.9 million, according to ESPN. Ratings saw a similar decline last season, falling 8%, the sports network reported. Still, 20 of the 30 top-rated shows on television last year were NFL games, according to Nielsen data.

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON THE $40 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT ROGER GOODELL SIGNED:

This is not to be believed! The poor leadership of Roger Goodell is being rewarded with $40 million per year!

While the NFL sinks further, the powers-that-be are moving forward like everything’s just fine. Attendance at games is at an all-time low but it’s being reported that team owners are going to approve this monster payout to Goodell:

ESPN:

Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a letter obtained by ESPN.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the new contract would be worth $200 million over the life of the contract — about $40 million annually — if owners approve all the bonuses and all the incentives are met. The new deal runs through the 2023 season.

The base salary of the new contract is in the single-digit millions, a source had told Schefter. Roughly 85 percent of the total potential compensation package is from bonuses, which would be subject to ownership approval and validation.

The six members of the NFL compensation committee, which had been granted permission to negotiate the extension, said it supported the signed contract in a letter to NFL owners.

“Our Committee unanimously supports the contract and believes that it is fully consistent with ‘market’ compensation and the financial and other parameters outlined to the owners at our May 2017 meeting, as well as in the best interests of ownership,” the letter said. “… We are pleased to report that there is a nearly unanimous consensus among the ownership in favor of signing the contract extension now.”

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON THE REQUESTS BY GOODELL:
The NFL’s Compensation Committee will hold a conference call Monday to discuss and further push ahead the proposed extension for commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL Commissioner makes $30 million a year right now but wants a raise of$19.5 million and the lifetime use of a private jet. Can you believe it? This guy has been a disaster during the anti-anthem protests…

What they might want to consider is the shocking photos of half-empty stadiums for the NFL games this past weekend. No, things are not getting better with the attendance and support of the league. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell deserves to be kicked to the curb for how he’s handled this kneeling controversy. Instead, he’s boldly asking for almost $50 million and lifetime use of a private jet…Wow!

CONFERENCE CALL ON MONDAY:
The conference call, first reported Saturday by The New York Times, comes after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voiced his displeasure about the contract extension that the committee has been discussing. The call also gives the committee a chance to do what it believes is right.

An attorney for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says NFL owners are being misled about negotiations on a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a letter that was sent to the league’s counsel and shared with NFL owners and executives.

The committee will address Goodell’s salary and compensation package. The last written counterproposal from Goodell, which was around the first of August, was seeking about $49.5 million per year, as well as the lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Joe Lockhart, the executive vice president of communications, denied that Goodell had submitted such a written counterproposal. He also said there have been several meetings or conference calls among the compensation committee before Monday’s scheduled meeting. Read more: ESPN


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