Report: Goodell “furious” about push for incentive-base deal

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the four or five other owners in his corner want Commissioner Roger Goodell’s next contract to have less guaranteed money, and more incentives. That isn’t sitting well with Goodell.

Via Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, Jr. of ESPN.com, Goodell is “furious” about the push to tie his total compensation to performance. Even though the incentives, if reached, would pay Goodell roughly the same that he currently earns, an unnamed source told Wickersham and Van Natta that Goodell “feels as if the owners have made a lot of money and he should be compensated accordingly,” and that “[t]he incentives thing really angers him.”

Of course, Goodell also has been paid plenty of money — roughly $200 million over the last 11 years.

The standoff, however it resolves, is fitting, given that the NFL under Goodell has a reputation for always driving a hard bargain when it comes to contractual negotiations. Finally, the NFL and Goodell are driving hard bargains with each other.

To the extent the Jones is pushing the issue aggressively in order to get Roger Goodell to quote Lee Corso and move on, that’s not likely; per Wickersham and Van Natta, the brouhaha has strengthened Goodell’s resolve to sign a long-term deal.

For now, Jones lacks the support to derail a deal that all 32 owners authorized the Compensation Committee to finalize back in May. In theory, more support is only one scandal away. However, the frustration that owners currently are feeling toward Jones, who has threatened litigation against the league over the issue, could cause them to stick with Goodell if only to spite Jones.

115 responses to “Report: Goodell “furious” about push for incentive-base deal

  1. The best thing the NFL can do is cut ties with Goodell. The negative perception both fans and players have towards him is leaking into the brand of the NFL and significantly impacting the league. It’s amazing that the face of the NFL office can’t speak anywhere without being drowned out by boos.

  2. The owners should just let his contract run out and start looking for a replacement for him. When the next CBA comes up the league will need a strong negotiator to deal with the players union. His days as judge, jury and executioner are probably coming to an end unless he is willing to concede some of his power. Good luck with that.

  3. There is simply no justification for Goodell’s salary. What does he do aside from botch every disciplinary situation. Just this week. Mike Evans suspended. AJ Green, nothing.

    Is Goodell responsible for the TV deals? Hardly. The networks outbid each other and now with streaming in the mix, you have more entities lining up to throw money at the NFL.

    The NFL is essentially a monopoly. It’s not like Goodell is the CEO of a company in a competitive market where you need to pay big money for the right leader.

  4. This guy is the biggest piece of garbage I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe he hasn’t been run out of this league. Despicable, reprehensible. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this pathetic excuse for a human being.

  5. League revenue has literally doubled under Goodell (from $6.5 billion to $13 billion as of 2016).. I’m not a fan of his, but I think he’s been pretty successful giving the owners what they want overall. The microcosm here would have you believe he’s a detriment to the league but the numbers show otherwise. So everyone stating that he’s overpaid for carving out $200 million for increasing his company’s revenue by $6.5+ billion, what would you ask for in his position? If you’re answer isn’t “whatever they’re willing to pay me”, you’re full of crap. He deserves his share criticism, but he also deserves a piece of the success that he oversaw.

  6. The players hate this guy, he’s handled every major scandal terribly since the Ray Rice Fiasco, he has no answer for how to resolve the Anthem protests, and ratings are starting to drop because it seems we here about everything BUt football.

    I thought billionaires were typically smart people. Why does this guy have a job still?

    If this was one of their companies and he was the CEO, he would ha e been sent packing years ago.

  7. How do guys like this get a job like that? Anybody could make the NFL money, he has made things so bad and they still are raking it in.

  8. The other owners have to realize how unpopular Jerry Jones is across the country. They’ve made tons of money because of Roger Goodell’s leadership. That’s a big risk going against him.

  9. Trying to be the boss of 32 people and keep them from shooting themselves in the foot would really suck. Any 32 people.

    Being the boss of 32 billionaires that all think they know more than anyone else on the planet… that would take a special kind of crazy.

    Anyone that takes that job and holds it would crack. I think Goodell did a while ago.

  10. Jerrah is a megolomaniac…this only reinforcse the reality that he cares abut no one and nothing but his own inflated ego

  11. There’s a reason that every other major sport in this country has a lawyer for their commissioner. They may vary in quality in terms of promoting the sport, but all three understand how to deal with disputes.

    Goodell has a degree in economics, not law. To Goodell’s credit, he spent years working his way up the ladder and had a tremendous influence in expanding the game during that time. But his handling of high profile conflicts within the sport have been ego-driven and consequently, disastrous. The owners were fools to make him commissioner in the first place. They moved him from a role where he was highly effective to a role that he’s ill-suited for and every mistake happens under an increasingly watchful public eye.

    Layers are dull and boring, just look at Bettman and Manfred. But neither they nor Adam Silver would have ever mucked things up so badly with Ray Rice, Tom Brady, Ezekiel Elliott and the Anthem protests.

  12. NFL would be just as a big a cash cow without Goldiggerhell as Commissioner : seriously what has he brought to the game besides the Thursday night garbage, the hideous color rush uniforms which will end up in Goodwill, and the London crap which could go away tomorrow…. he is just going up to prove Mark Cuban right; and as we tell clients pigs get fat hogs get slaughtered

  13. Recent events show that fans don’t have to watch these games or support these teams. JJ has the most to lose since his franchise is worth the most. Long list of reasons to fire Goodell for cause. Anything less shows how little the owners listen to what fans think about the league and it’s endless power plays, cash grabs and public relations spin doctoring.

  14. “Of course, Goodell also has been paid plenty of money — roughly $200 million over the last 11 years.”

    What does it say about the NFL that they’re paying this bozo crazy money like this?

  15. Yeah, people really feel bad that Roger is upset.

    Jerry Jones is starting to be the most popular person in the league just because he can get under Goodell’s skin.

  16. Put ‘Flesh Golem” Jones and “Liar’ Goodell into a steel cage with two knives on the floor.
    Pay-per-view bonanza!

    I loathe Goodell. It is so weird to want to see him victorious over Jones.

    Jerry Jones is the second-most disgusting human being that I have ever seen.

  17. Oh look! The rats are eating each other! This is almost more entertaining than the actual games!

  18. Poor guy… maybe he should suspend jones! Goodell’s kangaroo court on player suspensions is the main reason he should be canned. I liked his stance on mike Vick (can’t believe fox signed vick), but player suspension should be tied to what plays out in the legal system

  19. I have to wonder how much of Goodell’s success with running the NFL has to do with the internet and fantasy football. In other words, was Goodell’s success in part due to right place, right time, being hired. Would the league be as successful if the internet didn’t exist, no fantasy football? Could other people have run the league better than Goodell?

  20. Tell you what, Roger – – – take your law degree and go somewhere else. And when you do, maybe you will know how the rest is live.

  21. Come on Goodell, you are starting to sound like that Erin guy from Green Bay. Whaa, he wants me to earn my money, he’s picking on me, whaaaaaa.

  22. This guy kills me. You run a sports league who’s entire pay structure is based on performance but your furious if YOUR pay is based on performance? If you continue to make the NFL money then they will continue to pay you. What’s the problem?

    He wants the owners to focus on the money he’s generated versus the myriad of issues he’s been incompetent on.

  23. Goodell is entitled to his thoughts. We all are. And like everyone else he has the option of walking away if he does not like the deal. There is no gun to anyones head here. As an employer I would be concerned about the employee that is reluctant to work for incentive based pay. It gives the apoearance they dont believe in their abilities or performance. As someone that does work for performance based pay I love it because if I am willing to hustle (and I am) I can max it and finish with more than I could have gotten on any guaranteed basis.

  24. Roger it’s what have you done for us lately that counts. Incentive based pay; If revenue does decline and the owners make less then Roger should make less!I guess Roger Goodell has the guaranteed monies already targeted for consumption. This makes him feel like other humans on this planet. Even when someone owns their own business, income is never guaranteed.

  25. The “Good Old Boys” (OWNERS) want Goodell to know that he is not one of them, that they “Hired” him, and he isn’t going to tell them what to do. They have created a monster, but the monster is getting ready to get humbled. Maybe Bob McNair wasn’t talking about the players when he said, Letting he prisoners run the jail, maybe he meant Goodell. They hired him and he was doing the spanking, and they are ready for a little tenderness.

  26. As Roger’s inaction on serious issues have led to a decrease in revenues, it only makes sense to take a hard look at his compensation.

    I wouldn’t be happy either if I were facing a serious lowering of my compensation if I didn’t find a way to make changes that would increase the revenue stream

    But that’s how life works.

  27. I cannot begin to understand why they pay this dope that kind of money. He has NO leverage. He probably couldn’t get a job bagging groceries if he walks away from the NFL. Offer him $10/hr and let him stomp his way out of the building.

  28. I would like to hear the names of the other 4 or 5 owners. I think Jones is a lone Woolf on this based on the Elliot decision only. The owners have made a ton of money under Goodell , and money is their bible. By the way I don’t get the fan s position on Godell either. I’m a big Goodell Fan, who would hire him in a minute to lead my business.

  29. C’mon. A ham sandwich could lead the NFL and it would still be raking in cash. And without all the drama and stupidity.

  30. udjets says:
    November 8, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    League revenue has literally doubled under Goodell (from $6.5 billion to $13 billion as of 2016).. I’m not a fan of his, but I think he’s been pretty successful giving the owners what they want overall.
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    You defend the guy every chance you get, so I think you are a fan of his. That the revenue has grown during his time as commissioner doesn’t mean that it is because of Goodell. I’d say it has grown in spite of him.

    The guy has created nothing but ill will since he was appointed commissioner, and it has gotten worse over the last few years.

  31. If that bozo has done all of the things that other bozos have claimed he has, then incentive based compensation should be no problem.

  32. Let me ask you this – given the perks and prestige that comes with being a CEO of a big company or commissioner of a big sports league – if you cut the total compensation in half for any CEO, how many would quit?
    Zero? One?

    If Goodell was being paid $10 million instead of $20 million or whatever he’s making whats he going to do? Quit and do what, become commissioner of a competing football league? No. He’d be unemployed. Jerry Jones is correct in this.

  33. So in other words, he doesn’t want his compensation to be based on the quality of his performance. That alone should be reason enough for the owners to jettison this guy once and for all.

  34. Goodell gets too much credit. Technology is the reason the NFL blew up. Same with FIFA, Blatter didn’t do anything to make the game bigger. It’s satelite tv, internet etc…

  35. udjets says:
    November 8, 2017 at 11:29 pm
    League revenue has literally doubled under Goodell (from $6.5 billion to $13 billion as of 2016).. I’m not a fan of his, but I think he’s been pretty successful giving the owners what they want overall. The microcosm here would have you believe he’s a detriment to the league but the numbers show otherwise. So everyone stating that he’s overpaid for carving out $200 million for increasing his company’s revenue by $6.5+ billion, what would you ask for in his position? If you’re answer isn’t “whatever they’re willing to pay me”, you’re full of crap. He deserves his share criticism, but he also deserves a piece of the success that he oversaw.

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    You are crediting the wrong individual. Goodell has been so bad at contract negotiations its been problematic. Owners (many of whom do have decent business chops) have had to step in to help numerous times. On the single biggest one Bob Kraft had to not just assist but actually step in and completely take it over while Goodell and his team were literally evicted from the room and ordered to stay away. Kraft first saved and then closed that deal on his own and with terrific terms for the NFL. Goodell has not made the league money, his role they left him to do was to simply keep things that would lose it money to not get out of hand, which he has struggled to do.

  36. They should have fired Goodell when he started getting booed at the draft, and especially after he was booed at the Super Bowl.

  37. Wow. The out of touch, entitled, self important attitude is amazing. The NFL was going to make a ton of money with or without him and literally thousands of men or women could do that job for a fraction of the pay.

  38. erianapolis says:

    November 8, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    If he’s sincerely furious about unfair treatment, maybe he should take a knee.

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    HAHAHA! Best post so far.

  39. “You defend the guy every chance you get, so I think you are a fan of his.”

    You can think that all you want. What I am a fan of is getting paid to do a job. All you geniuses who think it would be a cakewalk to hold together a multi-billion dollar industry are nuts, and anyone who says they’d do it without taking a piece of the pie are liars. Next, anyone who’s upset about the Zeke thing is either A) a Dallas fan or B) has him on their fantasy team. Lastly, anyone who thinks Jerry Jones is a better leader can see subject A) in the previous sentence.

    His job is to enforce league rules voted on by the owners with the authority granted to him by the CBA. Nothing more. If anyone should be forced out it’s losers like Jones who was oh so happy about Goodell’s personell enforcement until it was his star player. Here, list 11 things that he’s done to “ruin” the league (one for each year of employment), then ask yourself if doubling league revenue balances the negative. This is why you have so many owners that still support him.

  40. isphet71 says:
    November 8, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Trying to be the boss of 32 people and keep them from shooting themselves in the foot would really suck. Any 32 people.
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    He’s not the boss of the owners. Why would you even think that? Goodell is like the CEO of the NFL, and the owners are like the board of directors.

  41. Godel is far from my favorite guy but come on Jerry Jones saying anything is as hypocritical as one can get. The owners should be policing their own teams with to many bad apples in the NFL. Truly if I was Godel knowing they don’t want him I would get under all the owners skin my voice would be heard every week on what the status of the NFL has become. I love the owners unhappy on how demonstrations were dealt with, last I heard the owners hired these individuals not Godel.

  42. I love how ANYONE, other than the players, think the NFL is making the money they are making because of them. Hearing that Goodell made that much money actually makes me want to spend less on football.

    That and the fact that the Bengals suck again.

  43. It’s a TRAP! says:
    How is the NFL tax exempt.

    The NFL’s revenues pass to each of 32 teams; each team is a taxable entity.

    Florio: Headline – the push is for an incentive-BASED deal, not base … changes the meaning of the entire sentence.

    qcsfinest704 says:
    This guy kills me. You run a sports league who’s entire pay structure is based on performance but your furious if YOUR pay is based on performance? If you continue to make the NFL money then they will continue to pay you. What’s the problem?

    The article (and headline) aren’t clear: Is the proposed compensation 100% incentive-based, or just a portion of the total compensation? The players and coaches certainly have SOME incentives in their contracts, on top of their base salaries. If the new contract has guarantees AND incentives, great … but if it is ALL incentive-based, that’s wrong … aside for those of you working on 100% commissions, how many of us would work for ONLY incentives?

  44. Roughly $200 million over the last 11 years!!! And you have former players broke as hell homeless with no health insurance. What is wrong with this picture!! Ridiculous.

  45. Takes some serious moxie be be making $40 million per year and get furious over a slightly different pay model that would still net $40 million per year. Goodell is just impossible to like on any level.

  46. Goodell hasn’t made any money for the owners. Their product has. Anyone in Goodell’s role would be seeing this kind of profit, and even a trained monkey would do far better at all the disciplinary stuff that Goodell has screwed up to a mind-boggling degree.

    Really. When the average person can readily see better ways to handle everything that Goodell has messed up so badly, why should he be paid millions of dollars for it? Why should he even have the job?

  47. negadelphianinjersey says:
    November 8, 2017 at 11:17 pm
    This guy is the biggest piece of garbage I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe he hasn’t been run out of this league. Despicable, reprehensible. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe this pathetic excuse for a human being.

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    Once I connected the dots as to WHY he was hired and replaced the honorable Paul Tagliabue, I started having similar feelings. At first, I just thought he was a phony, but then I realized he is a vile human being, with all the worst traits a human can have.

    He’s a disgrace. The lying, cheating, stealing paychecks from players while defaming them? All so he can collect his 40 million per year?

    Brady should have sued and Goodell should have been fired after what he did with handling the Ray Rice situation, where he lied TWICE to protect the Ravens and Bisciotti’s interests and to keep his connection to playing golf at Augusta.

    It’s always about money and Goodell has gone way too far, with even the most casual fan seeing right through his institutionalized cheating.

  48. could cause them to stick with Goodell if only to spite Jones.
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    Like anyone didn’t see that coming. The same pettiness and jealousy that motivated Jones and others to unjustly smear Brady will cause them to reward an incompetent Goodell to spite Jones.
    Reap what you sewed Jerry.

  49. …And like everyone else he has the option of walking away if he does not like the deal.

    That’s what Jerruh’s angling for…and most people are too ignorant to figure it out.

  50. Sucks when you can’t have guaranteed money right? Like you actually need to do well in your job to get paid… Oh wait, it’s okay for players but not for “regular” employees.

  51. bearssuck says:
    November 9, 2017 at 9:01 am
    Roughly $200 million over the last 11 years!!! And you have former players broke as hell homeless with no health insurance. What is wrong with this picture!! Ridiculous.

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    Nothing wrong with it. He’s the commissioner of a sport that makes billions per year. Based on what he earns and what the league makes, it’s actually a very small percentage. The only problem is Goodell is slowly causing fans to turn away and the owners won’t make a change.

  52. From a background view what Goodell has accomplished is remarkable. A BA in Economics from a small school of
    around 1200 students, Washington & Jefferson
    is not exactly Ivy League. No MBA or law degree.
    A son of a US Senator could be a factor.
    He had made mistakes and he has a rep for favoring some owners over others.
    He is also known for his temper and his inability to admit he is wrong. This is not a recipe for long term
    employment.

  53. Goodall can’t be liked no matter what he does. He’s too lenient (Ray Rice), then he’s too harsh (Ezekiel Elliott), he’s too conservative (his opinion is the players should stand for the anthem), but he’s too liberal (won’t demand and enforce that the players have to stand for the anthem). He takes all the heat for the owner’s decisions and he deserves every dollar he’s paid! And Jerry Jones, who hasn’t won squat in the playoffs since Jimmy Johnson left (and he’s in the NFL Hall of Fame?!?)) He’s about to get his ass handed to him by the other owners….I love it!

  54. udjets says:
    November 9, 2017 at 8:41 am
    “You defend the guy every chance you get, so I think you are a fan of his.”

    You can think that all you want. What I am a fan of is getting paid to do a job. All you geniuses who think it would be a cakewalk to hold together a multi-billion dollar industry are nuts, and anyone who says they’d do it without taking a piece of the pie are liars. Next, anyone who’s upset about the Zeke thing is either A) a Dallas fan or B) has him on their fantasy team. Lastly, anyone who thinks Jerry Jones is a better leader can see subject A) in the previous sentence.

    His job is to enforce league rules voted on by the owners with the authority granted to him by the CBA. Nothing more. If anyone should be forced out it’s losers like Jones who was oh so happy about Goodell’s personell enforcement until it was his star player. Here, list 11 things that he’s done to “ruin” the league (one for each year of employment), then ask yourself if doubling league revenue balances the negative. This is why you have so many owners that still support him.

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    No one said a “cakewalk” and it is a fact he was not even in the room during the 2011 CBA talks which are the result of the windfall tv deal that the owners have now profited from.

    Goodell was thrown out of the room with his red face with his lawyers and voila, Bob Kraft then stepped in brokered the deal because the union trusted Kraft more than the criminal Goodell.

    How hard is it to have some morals, principle, transparency and consistency? Is this asking a lot?

    Instead, we get lying, defaming, cheating, and no consistency whatsoever, not to mention so many rule changes and additions, that his own officials have no idea what a penalty is anymore. Or, even worse, it comes off like the refs are told how to frame games based on the current score, so they can keep the game closer for better ratings.

  55. That the revenue has grown during his time as commissioner doesn’t mean that it is because of Goodell. I’d say it has grown in spite of him.

    The guy has created nothing but ill will since he was appointed commissioner, and it has gotten worse over the last few years.

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    This is correct. There are direct quotes I’ve seen in articles from unnamed owners, assuming the quotes are not made up, where they said things like “Roger is on thin ice” and “we should be making MORE money than we are!”….

    This was after the Ray Rice lying.

  56. udjets says:
    November 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Next, anyone who’s upset about the Zeke thing is either A) a Dallas fan or B) has him on their fantasy team.
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    I’m neither of those, and I think the Elliott suspension is ridiculous.

    Goodell suspended 2 players that were confirmed domestic abusers for a total of 3 games. One of them was suspended for 1 game, after Goodell had instituted a mandatory 6 game suspension for domestic abuse.

    To turn around and suspend a player, for 6 games, that was more than likely nothing more than the victim of a vindictive, jealous gold-digger, reeks of desperation, and is a clear case of trying to make up for past incompetence.

  57. Wait till the sponsorship renewals come up. Only Nike and Ford have supported the protests against the country by the NFL Employees. The rest will be looking for a deal.

  58. The real facts are that Goodall started as an intern in the NFL after law school, has spent 30+ years movng up through the ranks, and has played a huge role in the success of the NFL. Nobody in the world cares more about the NFL’s success and reputation the him! Anyone who thinks the league is this successful in spite of Goodelll instead of because of him so uniformed to the point of being obtuse. Jerry is going to get ass handed to him by the other “ranking” ownes who understand how hard Goodell’s job is and appreciate that he takes the heat.for the heat for them. Watch and see….if you don’t like it then get over it!

  59. If Bozo Badell wants more guaranteed money, there’s always the Big Top!

    Cry me a f*&^ing river!

    Not a Jerrah Jones fan, but loving what he is doing…Kraft should have sued the league….

  60. donkitchens says:
    November 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    The real facts are that Goodall started as an intern in the NFL after law school, has spent 30+ years movng up through the ranks, and has played a huge role in the success of the NFL. Nobody in the world cares more about the NFL’s success and reputation the him!
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    Specifically, what has he done? Why does he feel that being an arbitrary, duplicitous liar is the right way to play it? He was told to go get his shinebox during the negotiations of the latest television contract, which is the main source of income for the league.

  61. I’ll do his job for him for half the rate.

    First, we will stop fining players for plays that drew no flags.

    Second, we will give every player a chance to violate the drug policy once. After that, they’ll have to undergo league paid drug counseling and subsequent violation will result in lifetime ban.

    Third, we will have a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence issues outside of the playing field. If you are found guilty of the offense, you are banned permanently. Until your case goes to trial, you are suspended until the court renders a decision, and you will be paid minimum wage for 40 hours of non-work.

    Fourth, no celebrations at all for anything in the league. Do your job and get back to the huddle.

    Fifth, no more snake or swamp hair exposed outside of the helmet – cut it or be prevented from playing until you do.

    Sixth, no more dance routines going into the endzone for a touchdown. Run it in without making any pretense of theatrics – and ban any player from intentionally leaving his feet to get into the endzone when unchallenged (within five yards) by defensive player. Penalty will be no touchdown, 15 yard penalty from the previous spot, and loss of down.

    Seventh, eliminate the kickoff except to start each half; the team that scores a touchdown gets the all back on their own 20 yard line until the opposing team stops them; after a field goal, the ball goes to the opposing team’s 20 yard line and becomes their ball. Allow for any punt to result in a score for the punting team if the ball goes through the upright – that will count as two points.

    Eighth, abolish all pass interference penalties (both sides) and all roughing the passer calls. Players will be able to mug each other at will and no QB will be protected from his own stupidity.

    Ninth, allow defenses to profit from offensive pre-snap penalties – allow the defense to get a do over or get a fumble or interception or sack just like the Green Bay Cheese Cheaters do while they are on offense.

    Tenth, stand for the National Anthem or be banned permanently from the sport so that you can then squat when the Anthem is played all you want.

  62. “donkitchens says:
    November 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    The real facts are that Goodall started as an intern in the NFL after law school, has spent 30+ years movng up through the ranks, and has played a huge role in the success of the NFL. Nobody in the world cares more about the NFL’s success and reputation the him! Anyone who thinks the league is this successful in spite of Goodelll instead of because of him so uniformed to the point of being obtuse. Jerry is going to get ass handed to him by the other “ranking” ownes who understand how hard Goodell’s job is and appreciate that he takes the heat.for the heat for them. Watch and see….if you don’t like it then get over it!”

    Appreciate your opinion, Mrs. Goodell.

  63. Roger Goodell is single handedly ruining what was once the best form of entertainment in the country. Nobody really paid any attention to the Commissioners before Goodell, because they made sure to put the game first, and stay out of the headlines. Between the bungled handling of the 2011 CBA, the crazy personal behavior punishments ( and non punishments ) and the latest politicization of the game that has sent viewership plummeting, these can all be laid in Goodell’s lap. I can’t see how he could possibly have performed worse. If he were fired, there would be celebrations in every locker room and living room in America..

  64. Let’s face it, Jerry likes to act like the big wheel, but it’s Kraft who does the deals, and it’s the Maras and Rooneys who have all the power in the league. Since they both like Goodell, I’m guessing he’s staying until he screws around with one of them. As the Mike Tomlin stroll-onto-the-field-to-trip-a-player incident shows, he is NOT going to screw with them.

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