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Goodell tells PTA the NFL is leading the way on sports safety

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went to a PTA meeting on Friday, and not to talk about programs at his kids’ school.

Goodell was a speaker at the national convention of the Parent Teacher Association this morning in Cincinnati, and he said he wants to take a leadership role in improving the safety of sports. Goodell has long made clear that he wants to make the NFL safer for its players, but Goodell also said he thinks he and the NFL can play a broader role in making sports safer for children across America.

According to the Associated Press, Goodell told local school leaders that they should push for children to have properly trained coaches and safe equipment.

Goodell noted that NFL teams and players have promoted health and fitness programs for children and have urged youth football organizations to reduce helmet-to-helmet contact and to improve their policies on reporting and treating head injuries.

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21 Responses to “Goodell tells PTA the NFL is leading the way on sports safety”
  1. mike8016 says: Jun 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    Yet Goodell thinks everyone wants 18 game season…

  2. kegrun says: Jun 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    Safety Rule #1: Dont shoot people.

  3. packhawk04 says: Jun 21, 2013 1:34 PM

    Goodell only wants an 18 game season because fans want fewer preseason games. Goodell, being the face and mouthpiece of the owners, is being told by his employers (owners) that the only way fewer preseason games happen is more regular season games because theyd lose out on that money if there were 2 preseason games and 16 regular season games.

    So, hes trying to please everyone and reach a compromise. 2 preaeason games, 18 regular season games. But, of course, people want exactly what they want, and anything less is unacceptable.

  4. allday28mvpmvp says: Jun 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    Unless your name is Odin Lloyd…. too soon?

  5. gloryfromheaven says: Jun 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    I’m hoping Goodell doesn’t change any more rules, I appreciate most of the changes but there’s a couple out there I’d say it’s gone to far. He has to realize at some point that the players already know what there in for and have the option to back out if necessary, it should be “it is what it is” from here on out….

  6. thesteelers says: Jun 21, 2013 1:43 PM

    Safety Rule #2: Destroy the evidence.

  7. twilson962 says: Jun 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    If teams feel like they preseason games to pare down their roster, I have no problem with it. The beef I have is paying full price for preseason tickets.

  8. skolvikesskol says: Jun 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    Safety Rule #3: destroy evidence.

  9. mungman69 says: Jun 21, 2013 2:25 PM

    Safety Rule # 14; If they shoot at me I duck.

  10. whatnojets says: Jun 21, 2013 2:29 PM

    I am having “Aaron Hernandez” withdrawal symptom’s!!!

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 21, 2013 2:31 PM

    packhawk04 says:
    Jun 21, 2013 1:34 PM
    Goodell only wants an 18 game season because fans want fewer preseason games. Goodell, being the face and mouthpiece of the owners, is being told by his employers (owners) that the only way fewer preseason games happen is more regular season games because theyd lose out on that money if there were 2 preseason games and 16 regular season games.

    ________________________

    Totally disagree. I think most fans are fine with 4 pre-season games as they understand that 2 games does not give the coaches enough time to get their rosters set and prepare their teams.

    What the fans do overwhelmingly want, is for the cost of going to pre-season games to be less than that of a regular season game. We all know its going to be a watered down product in the pre-season,

    Only 2 preseason games makes it a nightmare for a new head coach as well. They need time to see the players perform and who of the veterans adapts to their new system. It will severely limit the ability of a new head coach to do well his first year if they go from 4 pre and 16 regular season games to 2-18.

  12. jlb10 says: Jun 21, 2013 2:33 PM

    nascar is waaay ahead of your league buddy

  13. wwwmattcom says: Jun 21, 2013 2:33 PM

    Get high school coaches on board with safety Mr Goodell. That’s who isn’t in the know.

  14. deadeye says: Jun 21, 2013 2:35 PM

    The NFL is leading the way in sports safety, starting riiiiiiight NOW!

  15. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 21, 2013 2:36 PM

    Totally disagree. I think most fans are sick of 4 pre season games, instead they would like to see 8 pre season games and 10 regular season games. This would help reduce injuries drastically and could eventually fulfill the prophecy that football will be gone in 20 years.
    The prophecy must be fulfilled or the earth will be destroyed.

  16. evilglazers666 says: Jun 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    “harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 21, 2013 2:31 PM
    packhawk04 says:
    Jun 21, 2013 1:34 PM
    Goodell only wants an 18 game season because fans want fewer preseason games. Goodell, being the face and mouthpiece of the owners, is being told by his employers (owners) that the only way fewer preseason games happen is more regular season games because theyd lose out on that money if there were 2 preseason games and 16 regular season games.

    ________________________

    Totally disagree. I think most fans are fine with 4 pre-season games as they understand that 2 games does not give the coaches enough time to get their rosters set and prepare their teams.

    What the fans do overwhelmingly want, is for the cost of going to pre-season games to be less than that of a regular season game. We all know its going to be a watered down product in the pre-season,

    Only 2 preseason games makes it a nightmare for a new head coach as well. They need time to see the players perform and who of the veterans adapts to their new system. It will severely limit the ability of a new head coach to do well his first year if they go from 4 pre and 16 regular season games to 2-18.”

    This is all true. Quantitative and qualitative research have shown that fans do not want to pay the price of a season ticket for preseason games and do not want more regular season games. The billionaire owners would like more money, so they are using the data and trying to twist and force the implementation that no one wants so they can pocket more money.

  17. booker1974 says: Jun 21, 2013 2:59 PM

    Goodell = Lying Asshat.

  18. kingokra says: Jun 21, 2013 3:20 PM

    Could not have said it better myself, booker1974.

  19. staff2cj says: Jun 21, 2013 3:30 PM

    The patriot way, the only way!!

  20. mackcarrington says: Jun 21, 2013 3:40 PM

    Goodell made the PTA happy by proclaiming that within 10 years the NFL will be safe enough for school children of all ages and both genders. he revealed his master plan to turn the NFL into the NFFL. The National Flag Football League. He plans to eliminate all hitting and tackling from the game before he is done. The PTA gave him a standing ovation.

  21. corvusrex96 says: Jun 22, 2013 6:38 AM

    NFL hasn’t given a crap about safety for years and NOW they want a leadership role ? No how about you shut your pie hole take safety recommendations from people who actually care about students not lawsuit avoidance

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