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Goodell said things NFLPA asking for were news to him

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In case you wonder why the NFL and NFLPA have a hard time making progress on several issues, the answer might be as simple as a failure to communicate.

During his state of the league press conference Friday, Commissioner Roger Goodell made multiple references to the fact the NFLPA did not mention to him their request for a Chief Safety Officer to be appointed by the league, something executive director DeMaurice Smith mentioned Thursday during his press conference.

Goodell pointed out that a group from the league met with union officials for four hours last Friday, a group which he said included some owners and players, and that the request “did not come up.”

“I can’t appoint someone to make the game safer,” Goodell said.

He also mentioned that he expects HGH testing to be in place prior to the 2013 season.

Reaching an agreement on that process will me more difficult if the two sides choose to negotiate via press conferences, rather than substantive meetings which begin with the assumption of good faith. That burden falls on both sides, and clearly isn’t being met to either’s satisfaction.

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9 Responses to “Goodell said things NFLPA asking for were news to him”
  1. chicagobtech says: Feb 1, 2013 1:49 PM

    These guys are putting the “fun” in dysfunctional.

  2. iced107 says: Feb 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    yea, sure Goodell.

    just like I’m sure you didn’t find any evidence the patriots were cheating before you hastily burned all their tapes

  3. bleedgreen says: Feb 1, 2013 3:04 PM

    If proper HGH testing comes into play, do you think we’ll see guys get a little more ‘normal’ sized again?

  4. jnbnet says: Feb 1, 2013 3:13 PM

    bleedgreen says:
    Feb 1, 2013 3:04 PM
    If proper HGH testing comes into play, do you think we’ll see guys get a little more ‘normal’ sized again?

    ===================
    Or heal a little slower?

  5. chawk12thman says: Feb 1, 2013 3:29 PM

    Why can’t he appoint someone to make the game safer. Can’t he delegate and isn’t that what he is doing?

  6. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 1, 2013 3:47 PM

    We have rings of pure Steel. Jealous?

  7. mazblast says: Feb 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    Easy there, my fellow Steelers fan. A few more remarks, and The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person will give himself the power to retroactively strip teams of their Super Bowl wins, even those won before he was a league employee.

    Well, any except those won by the Patriots and Giants. Kraft and Mara won’t allow that.

  8. CKL says: Feb 2, 2013 2:00 AM

    I’m not a huge fan of Goodell, but De Smith LIVES to be divisive. He’d argue that it was summer right now.

  9. gpry says: Feb 2, 2013 6:23 AM

    “De” is scrambling for relevance after getting “Punked” in the last CBA

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