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NFL adds a pair of executive vice presidents

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The NFL added another pair of executives, and some insulation for commissioner Roger Goodell in the process.

The league announced that Joe Lockhart was joining the league as executive vice president of communications, and Cynthia Hogan was promoted to executive vice president of public policy and government affairs.

The league release uses a lot of capital letters in those titles, but the cold weather has forced us to ration ours.

Lockhart was White House press secretary and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton (that job gets capital letters) from 1998-2000. He’s most recently been running a Washington-based commuications and government affairs firm, and fits with the league’s expansion of influence in D.C.

Hogan also has White House experience, working as deputy assistant to the President and counsel to the Vice President from 2009-13 in the Obama administration.

Both the new titles report to the league’s chief operating officer Tod Leiweke. That puts a layer of bureaucracy between Goodell and any unpopular decisions, and keeps him from having so much responsibility at the same time.

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26 Responses to “NFL adds a pair of executive vice presidents”
  1. mariorat says: Jan 19, 2016 1:14 PM

    Let’s do less and get paid more!

  2. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Jan 19, 2016 1:16 PM

    A lesser known, but influential position that the NFL has had for a while: Vice President in charge of reaming the Patriots.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:18 PM

    So, more corrupt people, this time from the political world and not former NY Jets execs.

    Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is vile

    Goodell must go

  4. mvp43 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:19 PM

    No coincidence that they’re both from the party currently in power. My guess is that these appointments will somehow, someway help the NFL and its tax exempt status?

  5. cross300 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:20 PM

    Two phrases used in the article, less responsibility and more beaucracy. That pretty much sums up the NFL home office.

  6. damcmp says: Jan 19, 2016 1:23 PM

    get an Obama guy in there maybe Goodell can get a Muslim team in Iraq!

  7. Deb says: Jan 19, 2016 1:24 PM

    Let’s hope that if the league keeps building a bigger wall around Goodell, one day he will disappear altogether.

  8. phinfan says: Jan 19, 2016 1:27 PM

    OR

    A lesser known, but influential position that the NFL has had for a while: Vice President in charge of FAVORING the Patriots.

  9. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:29 PM

    Goodell wouldn’t need more layers of bureaucracy to insulate himself if he just made fair decisions.

  10. surfinbird1 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:29 PM

    With less responsibility, will Roger take a pay cut?

  11. deltaoracle says: Jan 19, 2016 1:32 PM

    Harrumph for the Commissioner!

  12. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 19, 2016 1:33 PM

    The NFL and Goodell have zero credibility …………

  13. streetyson says: Jan 19, 2016 1:35 PM

    Goodell watched Carter’s video, and realized he was such a bad Commish that he needed at least two fall guys.

  14. ebdug says: Jan 19, 2016 1:40 PM

    “The league release uses a lot of capital letters in those titles, but the cold weather has forced us to ration ours.”

    I like the effort, Darin, but I dunno if their’s enough of a connection, there. Keep pluggin’, man.

  15. mogogo1 says: Jan 19, 2016 1:45 PM

    Translation: Don’t expect any of those nagging issues like “what’s a catch?” to be resolved anytime soon. We’re too busy adding cooks to the kitchen right now.

  16. obsessedvikingfan says: Jan 19, 2016 1:59 PM

    One of these will be in charge of changing any rule that went against Aaron Rodgers (like the coin toss and overtime rules).

  17. mmack66 says: Jan 19, 2016 2:12 PM

    Nothing says integrity like hiring people that used to work for the government.

  18. mmack66 says: Jan 19, 2016 2:15 PM

    phinfan says:
    Jan 19, 2016 1:27 PM

    OR

    A lesser known, but influential position that the NFL has had for a while: Vice President in charge of FAVORING the Patriots.
    ————————–

    Exactly which parts of Spygate* and/or Framegate* favored the Patriots?

  19. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 2:16 PM

    So a mouthpiece and ANOTHER ‘counsel’ wonder if either can keep him from stepping on his crank any better than what he’s had already. Seems like he should be adding anti trust and labor law staff if anything. Oh and someone that knows what a catch is might not be a bad idea

  20. grogansheroes says: Jan 19, 2016 2:28 PM

    So what is the vice president count up to in the NFL now, 50, or 60?

  21. reprob8 says: Jan 19, 2016 2:33 PM

    Considering how Goodell has bungled the last few high profile issues, look for him to be laser focused on maximizing profits & calendar sprawl. It’ll likely be VERY rare that he’ll be involved in much with any direct fan interest, other than extortion for new stadiums & the “privilege” of hosting a Superbowl.

    I doubt that Goodell will even reference “the fan” much outside of the Superbowl Week press conference.

    Oakland is next up on the “build it or we’ll leave” calendar…clock’s ticking

  22. hatersgonnahatehate says: Jan 19, 2016 3:14 PM

    But we cant afford accurate gauges or get pylon cameras?

  23. lscottman3 says: Jan 19, 2016 4:14 PM

    We are from the government and we are here to help you Roger

  24. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jan 19, 2016 5:06 PM

    Drink the kool-aide much mmack66. It’s still a government of the people. As far as I know being able to fog a mirror is still a requirement, whether you’re a bleeding heart liberal or a low information conservative. Try to keep up.

  25. bobsnygiants says: Jan 19, 2016 6:09 PM

    Just what we need, another chief.

  26. askafeld says: Jan 20, 2016 6:47 AM

    Just what the NFL needed…Another pair of bobbleheads to rubber stamp Roger’s screw ups.

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