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More highlights from Goodell’s press conference

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We’ve written about the biggest news coming out of Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday.

Here are a few other notes from the session:

1. Goodell indicated the league is open to playing another outdoor cold weather Super Bowl if the game in New York goes well. They will only consider it after the 2014 Super Bowl occurs. He also indicated Indianapolis will be a candidate for future games.

2. While Goodell says he believes Miami will get Super Bowls in the future, he essentially pressured them to make stadium renovations first because of greater competition.

3. The league will discuss adding independent neurologists to the sideline for next season to handle diagnosing concussions.

4. Goodell, like Rams owner Stan Kroenke, was very vague about the future of football in St. Louis.

5. The league wants to have another regular season game in Mexico.

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9 Responses to “More highlights from Goodell’s press conference”
  1. dannyabramowitz says: Feb 3, 2012 1:02 PM

    Roger Goodell is the Peter Principle on steroids — he has risen miles beyond his level of incompetence, which is probably dog catcher. Off the top of my head, here are just a few of his absolute boneheaded decisions:
    1. Fining and suspending players for hits that were not even called penalties during a game. Unmitigated hypocrisy of selling videos on the same big hits for which players were fined.
    2. Suspending a player (Rothlisberger) 6 games, who was not only not convicted of a crime, but who was not even charged with a crime.
    3. Insisting on playing games in London to the detriment of American teams and when not even people in London give a rip. Why?
    4. Consistently pushing an 18-game season which is absurd and, even worse, claiming that “this is what the fans want” — total BS.
    5. Pushing a Super Bowl in London — if the NFL does this, I will never watch another NFL game.
    6. Admitting that he talked to Ochocinco during the Lockout when he himself prohibited any contact with players.
    7. Telling Peter King that he talked to 25 Steelers in deciding Rothlisberger’s punishment. Then backtracking and saying it was just 25 players in the league. Question: Why was he getting the opinions of other players when deciding a suspension for an opposing player?
    8. Changing the Rules indiscriminately so that long-time fans don’t understand a Catch is, what a Touchdown is, and what constitutes a Legal Hit. Worse, not even the officials know.
    9. Total unflinching focus on $$$$. Every Goodell decision is motivated by how to increase the $$$$ to the owners. No concern with Fans whatsoever.
    10. The Mother of Them All — selling tickets to the Super Bowl for seats that didn’t exist.

    I can’t think of even ONE thing this guy has done right. He is incompetent.

  2. draculalambert says: Feb 3, 2012 1:27 PM

    Godell is a beast

    *woot woot*

  3. formervikingfan says: Feb 3, 2012 2:04 PM

    As to number 5 ” 5. The league wants to have another regular season game in Mexico.”

    There’s already plenty of games in California..what’s the difference?

  4. candyman4881 says: Feb 3, 2012 2:06 PM

    Poorly researched article Mr Rosenthal-
    4. Goodell, like Rams owner Stan Kroenke, was very vague about the future of football in St. Louis.

    Goodell Quote- “We want to keep our teams where they are,”

    Doesnt sound very vague to me….

  5. raidersfreak says: Feb 3, 2012 3:06 PM

    @dannyabramowitz

    Great post man thanks for taking your time to write that and I really agree with what you said.

    Rodger Goodell is a straight out Liar twists and bends info. The most Bi Polar Commissioner I have ever seen.

    The Guy doesn’t like L.A. because AEG group wants to model their business after their other endeavors. The NFL does not like that model and wants the team to reap all rewards of downtown L.A. AEG is not building a stadium for free and wants to get rich in return as well. You cant blame them they are fronting a lot of money and have to repay bonds to the city.

    When will Rodger wake up and realize that this country is broke and they cant demand every city they have franchise in to produce a 1.+ billion dollar stadiums anymore from the tax payers.

    A lot of cities are stuck paying or footing the bill for their teams if they don’t sell out and for other reasons as part of their lease agreements. LA has a full privately financed stadium almost ready to go but it is not good enough for the NFL. I think behind the scenes things are happening in regards to relocating that wont be mentioned until it happens. The NFL does not want to loose attendance to a team that might move so their is always doubt LA will sweep away a team but it is still used to bribe cities that are in need of a stadium.

  6. youguysaretotalnerds says: Feb 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    People who hate on Goodell don’t have any idea what they are talking about. The fact is that football is an absolutely BOOMING business. If it were publicly traded it would rank somewhere around 275 on the fortune 500 list. It has never been more valuable than it is right now.

    Goodell has an incredibly difficult job, but he has done well. One thing you simply can not argue is that he doesn’t have the consumers- excuse me, “fans”- in mind. What’s important to a business? Revenue and growth, plus providing a return on investment for its investors. Investors are the owners. Goodell’s interests are to please the owners. Why is this difficult to grasp?

    You think he’s ruining the game? How, exactly? Viewership has risen steadily since he took over. Meaning if you think the game is worse than it was five years ago, you are undeniably in the minority.

    Stop posting on fan sites if you don’t like the NFL. Obviously we disagree with you. Get lost.

  7. dvdman123 says: Feb 3, 2012 3:55 PM

    I want an 18 game schedule. Why in the world would anyone want to pay for 2 meaningless preseason games when we could all get by with just 2? As to the injury excuse, they happen during preseason,beginning,middle and end of the regular season. It doesn’t make a difference. They are just part of the game.

  8. maddog111 says: Feb 3, 2012 3:56 PM

    youguysaretotalnerds says:
    Feb 3, 2012 3:35 PM
    People who hate on Goodell don’t have any idea what they are talking about. The fact is that football is an absolutely BOOMING business. If it were publicly traded it would rank somewhere around 275 on the fortune 500 list. It has never been more valuable than it is right now.

    Goodell has an incredibly difficult job, but he has done well. One thing you simply can not argue is that he doesn’t have the consumers- excuse me, “fans”- in mind. What’s important to a business? Revenue and growth, plus providing a return on investment for its investors. Investors are the owners. Goodell’s interests are to please the owners. Why is this difficult to grasp?

    You think he’s ruining the game? How, exactly? Viewership has risen steadily since he took over. Meaning if you think the game is worse than it was five years ago, you are undeniably in the minority.

    Stop posting on fan sites if you don’t like the NFL. Obviously we disagree with you. Get lost.
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    I’m guessing the thumbs up/thumbs down votes is going to prove more of us agree with the posters above than with you.

  9. purplengold says: Feb 3, 2012 4:03 PM

    @youguysaretotalnerds

    “Stop posting on fan sites if you don’t like the NFL. Obviously we disagree with you. Get lost.

    That sounds like the old “love it or leave it” argument from the cold war. Be ready for criticism, it’s a communication for change.

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