The Compensation Committee, which consists of six owners, headed by the Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, was given authorization to execute an extension for Goodell. That committee went ahead and gave Goodell a new contract, according to reports.
While a handful of owners, which included Jerry Jones, had tried to stop this deal from getting done, it was only a matter of time before it happened.
ESPN confirmed the Goodell's extension, which comes during a tumultuous season defined by player protests and the harsh response from fans and even President Trump. Although Jones had been claiming that he had several owners in his corner who were also against Goodell's contract, the memo noted that there was a "nearly unanimous consensus" among owners who thought it was a good idea to give Goodell an extension. In 2013, for instance, he pocketed $44 million, but that figure dropped to $34 million in 2014.
Roger Goodell 1, Jerry Jones 0.
Less than 24 hours after Jerry Jones said that a new contract for Roger Goodell wouldn't be getting done this week, the NFL's 32 owners chose to do one anyway.
In other words, without the NFL, American networks would have seen a greater decline in primetime viewership.