NFL executive: Roger Goodell is as upset as anyone about bad calls

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If NFL fans think Commissioner Roger Goodell is aloof about the bad calls that replacement officials have been making, one NFL executive says those fans should think again.

According to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, a league source she described as “an NFL executive who’s close to Goodell” confirmed that Goodell has personally been very upset to see missed calls by the officials working while the regular refs are locked out.

“Goodell has been as upset as anyone else has about some of these mistakes,” the league executive told Nichols.

However, the same source said that the NFL won’t change its negotiating position with the locked-out officials just because there’s rising anger about the bad calls. So Goodell isn’t so upset that he’s rushing to get a deal done.

Which probably means there are about 100,000 people in Green Bay who are more upset than Goodell.

112 responses to “NFL executive: Roger Goodell is as upset as anyone about bad calls

  1. The NFL will be sad when it hits them in the wallet.

    Under Goodell the NFL has made a precipitous decline in goodwill of Players, Fans and Refs.

    It has cost them any money yet…….yet.

    If it does he’s gone and probably deserves it.

  2. Yes, but why is he upset?

    Because they are undermining his lockout-first-negotiate-later bargaining strategy?

  3. Roger Goodell don’t give a damn about these Refs. and the bad calls or the fans or players. All he is worried about is the money bottom line.

  4. Of course he’s upset, he thought replacements would work out just fine. They didn’t, they have embarrassed the league on national television and now he has to tuck his tail and write a check for the regulars return. He preached that replacements were fine and ready to go and they proved him wrong. Now he has to face the owners and the fans and fork more money out of their pockets. The only thing he is ‘upset’ about is the replacements not working out like he had hoped.

  5. To be fair, Goodell just works for the owners. They hired him. They’re the ones who fought the players and the refs over money. He’s essentially just a politician who loves the game.

  6. an NFL executive who’s close to Goodell” confirmed that Goodell has personally been very upset to see missed calls by the officials working while the regular refs are locked out.

    The NFL exec who’s in bed with Goodell also confirms that he believes in Unicorns…

  7. Oh he is upset? HOw bad for him. If only there was something he could do about it. If only. Until then, being told by an unnamed person that Goodell is upset is enough for me. Keep up the good work Rog.

  8. Of course he’s upset, he’s just not upset for the same reason as the rest of us. We’re passed because it’s a substandard product they are giving us, he’s upset because it’s hurting his negotiating leverage.

  9. If Roger Goodell is really that upset, the Locked Out Refs would have been back to work since WEEK1.

    I have never seen any NFL commissioner who has exhibited so much hubris regarding such critical decisions. The refs are affecting the outcome of the game. If the Packers miss the playoffs because of the Week3 fiasco, this NFL season deserves an asterisk. Goodell doesn’t care about the game, ‘the shield,’ the players, or the fans. He only cares about the MONEY, the owners, his EGO, and his LEGACY. He is quickly turning the NFL into the NBA.

    Signed,
    A Chargers Fan

  10. I love the replacement refs. Finally bad calls go both ways. Finally the Packers, patriots and Steelers aren’t getting all the calls. Plus the regular refs made all sorts of bumbling mistakes every week! Lastly, as far as the Packers Seahawks game goes it was totally fair. On the Packers td drive, the Packers got 2 phantom penalties on two different third downs. So the refs gave the pack a td and the seahawks a td. Seems fair.

  11. So let me get this straight.

    Goodell isn’t upset enough (or have enough integrity) to make a public statement saying the integrity of the game is at risk due to these refs…

    but he somehow found the time to fine coaches and players for conduct and plays that he has deemed detrimental to the game…

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight

  12. Great, but the rest of us schmoes aren’t the NFL Commish, right? Funny how when powerful people know they’ve so screwed up that they’ve got nowhere else to hide they come with this nonsense that they’re just as befuddled everybody else. Or, it means Roger boy can’t handle the owners. Whatever the case pathetic.

  13. Nice p.r spin only because of all the backlash like he’s one of us. He’s still cashing his check talking about the integrity of the shield watching those high school refs ruin the year, this is a joke!!!

  14. In other words NFL fans, Roger could care less about how mad you are about “bad calls”, he runs the NFL, don’t like it, don’t watch or attend the games. He’s got some big ones, I’ll tell you that. Money is the deciding factor here, not player safety, or integrity of the game, MONEY!!! Of course when the concussion case goes to court, player safety will be the deciding factor, or unless the Saints act up again, and they will be the problem.

  15. “Roger Goodell experiences human emotions just like all of you. He eats food for sustenance and requires sleep every night.” – NFL Executive

  16. yes goodell does work for the owners, but the owners are not at these meetings. goodell is. he is steering the owners decisions right now. he is at the center of it all. he also makes pitches for the owners, and suggests things to them as well. one of wich is to lock out the players last year, and lock out the refs this year. goodell has the say in these final decisions and by allowing the owners more power he hurts the game.

  17. Of course he’s upset. He was under orders to bust the officials union. It’s now become clear that his scabs can’t get the job done.

  18. This is hysterical. Headline should read “Goodell Upset that NFL now regarded as having WWE Level Credibility”. He actually might be upset that the emperor has no clothes and the new NFL is exposed as a scripted farce. But he’s made it clear that he has no regard for the fans of the game, and even less for the players who are getting hurt at increasing rates.

  19. They need to feel ONE week, when most of us dont turn the tv on, on a Sunday.
    Go out do something else, listen to the radio, but dont turn your tv on. That would be the end of it.

  20. THE NFL LIES TO THE PLAYERS ,FANS,AND ONLY CARES ABOUT MONEY.THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN LEFT HAPPEN.WHAT A JOKE.

  21. Goodell should resign. His blathering about player safety and the integrity of the game have been proven hollow. His real interest was bullying the union into the ground.

    Seriously, this is a guy who knew that a lockout was coming and did nothing to prepare for it. he says he wants to improve officiating, yet was willing to turn over at least three weeks of the season to people that I wouldn’t want calling a Pop Warner game.

    Resign now, Roger.

  22. It’s impossible for Goodell to be “as upset as anyone.” He and the owners are financially invested in the teams. I don’t know that any of them are emotionally invested to the degree that many fans are. They don’t “bleed” the team colors or die a thousand deaths in the waning seconds of a close game. I doubt he can imagine what Packer players, coaches, and fans feel when those replays air.

    He certainly can’t claim any of this is a surprise. The game has become too fast and complex for real refs with decades of experience. That’s why we’ve been begging for younger refs and full-time refs. So how could he not know Division III college officials, high school refs, and officials fired from college posts for incompetence wouldn’t turn this season’s play into a weekly NFL Follies?

    I don’t want to hear that he’s upset. I want to hear that he’s embarrassed enough to fix the problem.

  23. Am I supposed to feel sorry for Goodell?
    Well I`m not.
    His credibility is shot.
    I can only hope one of the hard line owners`teams gets screwed out of a playoff spot by the replacement refs.
    Now that would be justice!

  24. “Glad to see this. The man cares deeply. He is a football lifer. Worked for the Jets. Goodell is the best commissioner in all of sport. Bar none.”

    Thanks for the kind words about your husband, Mrs. Goodell. Now can you please tell him to pay the refs and get this mess over with.

  25. Get lost Roger. In fact, go there along with your Senior United States New York Senator father Charles Goodell. Another clown who’s on 3rd Base and thinks he’s there because he hit a triple.

  26. Goodell has nothing to do with the lockout to all you idiots telling him to do something about it. He works for the owners. Only people that can do anything about it are owners and the real refs.

  27. I actually feel for Goodell. I truly believe he’s a fan of the game and loves the NFL. It must eat him up to go through multiple lockouts. Unfortunately, he accepted a job that involves doing the owners’ bidding. So instead of bashing him constantly, why don’t we all start picking on the owners who are hiding behind Goodell?

  28. Man there are a lot of Packer haters. I don’t know how you can justify a game changing, obvious blunder by the officials just because you hate the packers. You may as well wear a big sign on yourself that says “kick me I’m a moron!”. Just remember, these horrible replacement refs will be officiating your teams game next week. So don’t start crying when your team gets jobbed of a win.

  29. I’m now at a point where I don’t want the lockout to end.

    I want this shameful embarrassment to continue right up until an awful 8 hour Super Bowl rife with errors.

    Then maybe Goodell will be canned and things can actually return to normal. Because the more I see of his “strategies” the more I dislike the guy.

  30. Preaching player safety holds no water. I just hope they figure it out before there is a major injury on the scabs behalf. Its not their fault, but they are over their heads. Glad I didn’t have any money on that game although they are actually issuing refunds.

  31. I am so glad to see this story. Going into week 4, I was beginning to think that he really didn’t care about the game, the players, the coaches, the fans. But after seeing that an anonymous league executive went out of his way to tell Rachel Nichols that Goodell really does care, it puts my mind at ease. What a great guy, he really seems like one of us now. He’s really got our backs on this one, according to that anonymous source. Huzzah for Roger, a real life, modern day, bona fide Robin Hood

  32. It just goes to show u just how much they care about the game. It’s all about the bottom line.
    Nice plan, lock out the refs and use 4th rate replacements. Yep yep yep it’s all about the integrity of the game BULL. And i don’t blame the commish. he’s just the front man , put the blame were it belongs the Owners it’s all the owners. You don’t want to pay part time refs fine but come up with a better plan than this.

  33. Yeah; he’s as upset as anyone — with one huge difference: he is the one person who is in a position to do something about it! But he chooses to sit on his hands and whine.

  34. As a season ticket holder I would love to get a class action lawsuit going, demanding 1/2 of our ticket prices being refunded, and double that in punitive damages for being defrauded in the product the NFL has put on the field!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. I doubt it, most fans would pay more than 0.06% (~3 million of ~4.5 billion in revenue by the owners) of their income to see a quality product on the field…

  36. Here is one packer fan that is upset about monday, but dont anyone think for one second that regular refs could not have done the same thing. When the regular refs come back, im going to constantly point out bad calls and demand they be fired, because thats what weve had to read and hear for months.

  37. thank you for a great season hope you wake up and receive total consciousness mr r good by mr r good for nothing mr r u ever going to go away!

  38. To everybody concerned about this mess…turn off your flatscreens for a couple of weeks and/or stay home from a few games. You’ll see the situation change overnight. Keep watching the tube…keep attending these charades and we’ll all get more of the same! It ain’t complicated folks…

  39. Roger leaks these things to the media because he wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face if he said it in a press conference.

  40. An NFL Ref makes between $42,295 and $120,998 per season.

    NHL REF $115,000 to $220,000

    MLB Umpire $100,000 to $280,000

    Granted the NFL only has 16 games a season, but to put it in perspective Roger Godell makes 11.4 Million so his salary alone is more than all the refs combined!

    How about Roger takes a paycut ……… because we can all see he isn’t worth 11 Million and we give that to the Refs…………..who we can now see are worth the $$$$$.

  41. “Goodell has been as upset as anyone else has about some of these mistakes,” the league executive told Nichols.

    He’s upset because now they’re going to have to give some concessions back to the refs

  42. The billionaire owners that Goodell represents are the ones that don’t give a damn about the integrity of the game or the people that play,watch or go to the stadiums. When will you people wake up and not pay for or watch that crap!!! I DON’T!!! But then again people are idiots.

  43. @tommytd

    “To everybody concerned about this mess…turn off your flatscreens for a couple of weeks and/or stay home from a few games. You’ll see the situation change overnight. Keep watching the tube…keep attending these charades and we’ll all get more of the same! It ain’t complicated folk”

    1000% correct, but too bad it will never happen.

  44. Coming next. This same NFL executive will send out a memo saying 99.99% of the fans believe what Roger “Pinocchio” Goodell says……

    The only way to stop this stuff is to hit the owners in a place they care about. Their wallets. Since fans won’t stop watching or going to games. A better idea is have angry fans target the NFL advertisers. Bombard them saying we aren’t going to buy your products if you keep supporting the NFL with the scabs. Then let the advertisers go after the NFL behind closed doors…..

  45. Those words ring very hollow. He is not emotionally invested into individual teams that have received these bad calls.

  46. Pay the refs already? Sure. Why not add a $20 surcharge to the price of each ticket to cover salary increases and pension expansion for the greedy part-time refs? See how many fans agree with that. It’s just too easy to pay the greedy part-timers if it’s not your own money, isn’t it?

  47. tigrrrr says:Sep 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    They need to feel ONE week, when most of us dont turn the tv on, on a Sunday.
    Go out do something else, listen to the radio, but dont turn your tv on. That would be the end of it.
    _______________________

    Ahhh, another genius comment by someone who’s addicted to the NFL. Ain’t gonna happen, brother. You and millions of others are just plain hooked.

  48. Deb says:Sep 26, 2012 8:02 PM

    It’s impossible for Goodell to be “as upset as anyone.” He and the owners are financially invested in the teams. I don’t know that any of them are emotionally invested to the degree that many fans are. They don’t “bleed” the team colors or die a thousand deaths in the waning seconds of a close game. I doubt he can imagine what Packer players, coaches, and fans feel when those replays air.

    He certainly can’t claim any of this is a surprise. The game has become too fast and complex for real refs with decades of experience. That’s why we’ve been begging for younger refs and full-time refs. So how could he not know Division III college officials, high school refs, and officials fired from college posts for incompetence wouldn’t turn this season’s play into a weekly NFL Follies?

    I don’t want to hear that he’s upset. I want to hear that he’s embarrassed enough to fix the problem.
    __________________

    Firstly, the OWNERS aren’t as emotionally invested as the fans? With most owner the team is their life.

    Secondly, “we’ve been begging for younger refs and full-time refs.”? Uhhh, what do you think is the real reason for the impasse? The old greedy part-timers don’t want to introduce accountability into the equation. Commissioner Goodell does and is doing what he can to not only improve the game but to save it as well.

  49. andyreidsbuffet says:Sep 26, 2012 8:12 PM

    Get lost Roger. In fact, go there along with your Senior United States New York Senator father Charles Goodell. Another clown who’s on 3rd Base and thinks he’s there because he hit a triple.
    __________________

    No, that would be Willard Romney.

  50. tommytd says:Sep 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    New nickname for this moron…RGZero.
    Pass it around.
    _________________

    He makes more in one month than you will in a lifetime. Who’s the zero? Or maybe you meant RGHero?

  51. Like Bud Selig, Goodell doesn’t care. Whether it’s rampant steroid use or replacement refs blowing calls, as long as the ratings are high and money is coming in there’s no reason for Goodell to get anything done. Until NFL fans actually act and boycott games, business will go on as usual.

  52. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Sep 26, 2012 7:37 PM

    6 rings
    ————————–

    As a fellow Steelers fan, one with probably more years of Steelers fandom than you, I say–NOT NOW.

    Dude, this has nothing to do with the Steelers in particular, and the number of rings is irrelevant to this story. Pull it in, back off, and stop acting like a Cowboys fan. You’re making the rest of “Steeler nation” look really, really bad.

  53. Can you imagine what the outcry will be if the last wildcard spot is determined by the outcome of this game? Imagine the revolt if Green Bay goes home and Seattle gets in. The first tie breaker is head to head.

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