This day in 2006: Roger Goodell assumes duty as NFL commissioner

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Roger Goodell, executive vice-president of the NFL, hears the translation from a headphone during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico on Friday July 15, 2005. The conference was held to announce the the first NFL regular-season game abroad that will take place next Oct. 2 in Mexico City between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals.(AP Photo/Jaime Lopez)
Roger Goodell, the NFL's chief operating officer talks to the media after being selected to succeed Paul Tagliabue as the league's commissioner Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 at a NFL meeting in Northbrook Ill. Goodell will assume the duties of commissioner when Tagliabue officially retires prior the the start of this year's regualr NFL season. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Roger Goodell, right, the NFL's chief operating officer talks to the media after being selected to succeed Paul Tagliabue, left, as the league's commissioner Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 at an NFL meeting in Northbrook Ill. Goodell will assume the duties of commissioner when Tagliabue officially retires prior the the start of this year's regualr NFL season. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Roger Goodell, the NFL's chief operating officer, center, is escorted into a press conference after being selected to succeed Paul Tagliabue, background right, as the league's commissioner Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006 at a NFL meeting in Northbrook Ill. Goodell will assume the duties of commissioner when Tagliabue officially retires prior the the start of this year's regular NFL season. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
** FILE ** Roger Goodell, left, the NFL's chief operating officer, and Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner, pose for photos after Goodell was selected to succeed Tagliabue as the league's new commissioner in this Aug. 8, 2006 file photo, at an NFL meeting in Northbrook Ill.. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,file)
Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, pauses before answering a question during a news conference at the NFL annual meetings Monday, March 26, 2007, at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, center, greets New York Giants' Tiki Barber (21) and Michael Strahan at Giants football practice Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, in Cincinnati, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where a new exhibit on the reintegration of pro football has recently opened. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, talks during an interview at The Associated Press Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media after meeting with the Detroit Lions organization at their football training facility in Allen Park, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, right, accompanied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, and National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director Gene Upshaw, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the National Football League Retirement System. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, listens, as Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, speaks to members of the House Regulated Industries Committee Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in Austin, Texas. State lawmakers heard from the NFL and cable operators regarding the dispute between the NFL and cable companies. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signs some at Lambeau Field before an NFL football playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell after meeting with Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., in Washington Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, presents the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner before the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. Payton's widow, Connie, left, looks on. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on legal issues relating to football head injuries. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2009 file photo, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, right, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sit at the witness table on Capitol Hill in Washington. The NFL Players Association has filed a complaint Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in federal court accusing the league of colluding to impose a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell answers reporters questions during his visit to the NFL football team's training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks with the media during his visit to the Philadelphia Eagles afternoon session of NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football Super Bowl XLV Media Center in Dallas, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will face each other in Super Bowl XLV Sunday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps out to talk with the media after football labor negotiations with the NFL players' association involving a federal mediator, Friday, March 4, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch, left, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, talk with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before his news conference Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Indianapolis. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell takes questions during a news conference in New York. Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it's not simply because more players are using it. As attitudes toward the drug soften, and science slowly teases out marijuana's possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is being recognized, more and more, as the analgesic of choice for many of its players. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell takes questions during a news conference at the Arizona Biltmore, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell present the Walter Payton NFL man of the year award, presented by Nationwide, on stage at the 4th annual NFL Honors at the Phoenix Convention Center Symphony Hall on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2015. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series at AOL Studios on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves Federal court in New York, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving a judge to decide the fate of "Deflategate." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell arrives at federal court, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in New York. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Goodell are set to explain to a judge why a controversy over underinflated footballs at last season's AFC conference championship game is spilling into a new season.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves federal court after defending his decision to suspend New England PatriotsÕ quarterback Tom Brady for four games after it was decided Brady knew about deflated footballs used in last yearÕs NFL season on August 12, 2015 in New York City. Brady is challenging the suspension in federal court in the hopes of playing the first four games of the 2015 season (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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By JOHN DORN

It's been nine years since Roger Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner of the NFL. And in that time, the league surely has had its fair share of nationally newsworthy moments.

Starting with Goodell's immediate desire to be the league's ultimate decision maker, able to hand out punishments when and how he sees fit, he's ruffled feathers within the league since his very first months on the job.

These sentiments have more or less held true among the player base through his tenure, with newsworthy incidents ranging far and wide. There was the 2011 lockout -- which actually lowered the salary cap, defying inflation rates, and designated just 47 percent of league revenue to the players. The Bountygate scandal, in which he suspended various members of the New Orleans Saints organization -- though a judge and several legal experts indicated that Goodell overstepped his authority -- surely didn't help to repair his image among players.

Other newsworthy incidents include the league's maligned settlement with former players over head injuries, Goodell suspending Ray Rice for a mere two games upon learning of his domestic violence incident -- but then upgrading the suspension once video of the acts became public -- and frequent, seemingly inflated suspensions for relatively minor drug offenses (see Josh Gordon's full-season suspension for a positive alcohol test). His very public bouts with the New England Patriots, and specifically Tom Brady -- perhaps the league's most marketable player -- have certainly made rounds in the headlines, and have several people around the league with raised eyebrows.

Still, through all these newsworthy instances, the league has essentially printed its own money. The NFL spun out more than $11 billion in revenue last year, with eyes on a 10-figure revenue increase this season -- and a goal of $25 billion by 2027.

Goodell's reign as NFL king has been several things. But most importantly to the NFL, it's been profitable.

Click through the gallery above to view the commish through his years as head honcho, and watch the video below for a sincerely charitable effort by Goodell.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Runs 40-Yard-Dash for Charity

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