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Roger Goodell’s letter to NFL fans

[Editor’s note: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell e-mailed this letter to fans on Friday, September 28.]

To NFL Fans:

The National Football League is at its best when the focus is on the players and the action on the field, not on labor negotiations.

All of us who love the sport appreciate the skills and dedication of the players and coaches. That is why we are focused not just on what happens on the field but what our game will be like in another decade or two. The NFL has always tried to look ahead, to innovate, and to constantly improve in all we do.

We recognize that some decisions may be difficult to accept in the passion of the moment, but my most important responsibility is to improve the game for this generation and the next.

I believe in accountability, not excuses. And I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game. You deserve better.

As a lifelong fan, this wasn’t an easy process for anyone involved. I particularly want to commend the replacement officials for taking on an unenviable task and doing it with focus and dedication in the most adverse of circumstances.

Our new agreement gives long-term stability to an important aspect of our game, officiating. More important, with this agreement, officiating will be better in the long run. While the financial issues received the most attention, these negotiations were much more about long-term reforms. For example, beginning with the 2013 season, the NFL will have the option of hiring a number of officials on a full-time basis to work year-round, including on the field. In addition, the NFL will have the option to retain additional officials for training and development purposes, and may assign those additional officials to work NFL games.

We are moving forward with the finest officials in sports back on the field. It’s time to put the focus where it belongs – on the clubs and players and our magnificent game, with a special thanks to our fans for their passion.

Roger Goodell

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10 Responses to “Roger Goodell’s letter to NFL fans”
  1. sdisme says: Sep 28, 2012 11:21 AM

    Dear Roger,

    Please explain why Sean Payton was suspended a year. A ’09 QB out pool does not equal a 3 yr cover up. Thanks for you prompt response.

    A Fan of the NFL

  2. jordan1177 says: Sep 28, 2012 11:24 AM

    It’s easy to point fingers at Goodell for representing the interests of the 31 owners (not including GB). The guy was put in a tough spot, but at least he’s being honest (finally) about the situation. As a die-hard Ravens fan, it was great to see the real refs out there last night, and before we all realize it, we’ll have forgotten about the replacements completely (not including GB fans). Anyway, time to move on!

  3. onermedboxer says: Sep 28, 2012 11:29 AM

    This guy gets way more flak than he deserves. I sure as hell wouldn’t want his job

  4. mazblast says: Sep 28, 2012 11:31 AM

    Typical corporate-speak, and just as believable.

  5. brokentreehousemusic says: Sep 28, 2012 11:37 AM

    Amazing how he can’t even apologize without appearing sanctimonious.

    Worst commissioner ever.

  6. dirtydiapers2011 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:55 PM

    Water under the bridge. Carry on

  7. cheddarrob says: Sep 28, 2012 1:02 PM

    I’ll take his job any day, $20 million this season alone and he gets to make all the call and not have to worry about Jon security. He is worthless to us and the players.

  8. tharoostah says: Sep 28, 2012 6:10 PM

    Jon security? I went to high school with him.

  9. liveonthepackerhotline says: Sep 30, 2012 9:32 AM

    Who cares. I’m sure his secretary patted herself on the back when she typed this up for him.

  10. bhind8ball says: Sep 30, 2012 11:29 AM

    Dear NFL fans,
    Thank you for bending over and taking it in the cornhole.

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