Goodell believes his successor will come from within NFL, for one very important reason

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August marks the 10-year anniversary of Roger Goodell’s elevation from NFL Chief Operating Officer to Commissioner. For the first time that we can recall (or that we’ve noticed), the current Commissioner has been asked about a post-Goodell NFL.

In a Tuesday visit with Bloomberg TV, Goodell was asked whether he believes his successor will come from within the NFL.

“I do,” Goodell said, “and I say it because I think the complexity of an organization like the NFL is unique in the way we operate.  We’re not like any other company where I dictate, essentially, any big issue that we deal with.  I have to go back and get 24, 32 owners to approve.  So it’s like a big board in some ways, but it’s really a great asset for us.  Because if we can find a solution, working with our ownership, that 24, 32 owners actually support, I think we’ve probably got a pretty good solution.”

In that explanation, Goodell confirmed what many already believed. Goodell doesn’t run the show.  The owners do. And Goodell’s compensation comes in part from running interference for the owners, absorbing the criticism so that they can take a hard line without getting too hard of a hard time from the fans or the media.

The situation becomes more complicated when the “big issues” deal with one of Goodell’s 32 bosses. Is Goodell really publicly exerting authority over one of the 32 people who privately exert authority over him? Or is he simply following the lead of the other 31 bosses when one of the bosses gets into a jam?

That’s precisely how, according to ESPN, the #Deflategate sausage was made, with some owners pushing Goodell to blast the Patriots because it was perceived that Goodell didn’t blast them enough for Spygate. The notion that the Commissioner possibly exercises discretion when disciplining teams and players based on political expedience and not on what’s objective fair becomes another reason to be skeptical of decisions made within the confines of an in-house justice system that is less about the justice and more about the system.

So, yes, the next Commissioner will come from within the NFL because, no, the 32 owners don’t want the Commissioner to ever be under the false impression that he’s doing anything other than what 24 or 32 owners (or, as a practical matter, the handful who truly run the show) want him to do.

And to learn more about what happens when a Commissioner is under the false impression that he’s doing anything other than what the owners want him to do, open your search engine and enter the words “Fay” and “Vincent.”

91 responses to “Goodell believes his successor will come from within NFL, for one very important reason

  1. Now everyone can see without any doubt the real problems plaguing the NFL: the NFL owners. They are the ones Goodell answers to. They are the ones that avoid criticism and controversy when something threatens their bottom line.

    As much as I agree Goodell does not help himself with his demeanor, he’s not the problem, or at least he’s not the biggest problem. The NFL answers to noone except the NFL, and they will refuse to until they are beyond saving.

  2. Big Boy fantasy football. Puppet Goodell. Corrupt billionaires. Makes me want to vomit. So a small, powerful group of billionaires make decisions and tell the commish what to do cuz the rest are too apathetic, old or ……rich to really care.

    TADA!! Deflategate. Where one can be convicted without evidence! Where a team can lose draft choices because…IT WINS TOO MUCH.

    Pathetic.

    A Former NFL fan. A former Packers fan. Talk about apathy.

  3. If the NFL continues on it’s current path, it will decline just like boxing, horse racing, and the olympics have declined.

  4. It cant come soon enough……Hes botched every investigations hes ever opened and supervised…..integrity of the NFL my @zz….release the psi results then …..#kingofbsmynameisroger

  5. natejthompson says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:04 PM
    commissioner trump

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    Maybe but according to him he is going to be busy for the next 4-8 years

  6. Don’t understand why patriot fans are mad at Roger. They should be mad at Kraft, Belichick, and Brady for making them look like fools. Day after day patriot fans defend their team without being able to understand/comprehend how much their team cheats. I’m with you patriot fans. Get rid of the cheaters for making you guys look like clowns day after day.

  7. I would like to be considered for the job. I’ll take the hits from the media and fans, no problem. Its worth it for $30 million per year.

  8. in the picture above, Goodell should be trying to give Jones and eye poke, and Mara should be saying nyuk, nyuk, nyuk……because that’s basically who those three are.

  9. Goodall actually takes his orders from the owners?

    As many suspected?

    Noooo, really?

    Someone tell the geniuses in Boston.

  10. You Pats fans should complain to Kraft about drafting a QB. Franchise is 3 years away from complete irrelevance as we’ve seen what Jimmy can do.

    None of you will be commenting on football once TB retires.

  11. Hopefully the new Commissioner will STOP sending teams to foreign countries so American fans won’t be cheated out of a home came from their team!!!

  12. In other words he’ll insert one of his former NY Jets executives who are his cronies and the lies and disgusting behavior by the league office will continue after vile Goodell is gone

  13. hellonewman47 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:14 PM
    I would like to be considered for the job. I’ll take the hits from the media and fans, no problem. Its worth it for $30 million per year.

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    Roger Godell actually graduated from Law School, so you can keep changing oil filters for $15 an hour…

    The NFL doesn’t accept high school dropouts.

  14. “The notion that the Commissioner possibly exercises discretion when disciplining teams and players based on political expedience and not on what’s objective fair becomes another reason to be skeptical…”

    Another reason? That ‘notion’ speaks to the fact that Mr “Integrity of the Shield” has none. Which is the real reason why any rational person is skeptical of everything he does.

    Of course Roger is equal parts henchman, fall guy and figurehead doing the bidding of others. Don’t believe it? Then answer this question: In what honestly run business would a presiding CEO not be called to account by the board for a scheme to defraud a business partner of their share of $110M ?

  15. Unlike the last search for a commissioner, perhaps the league can apply a “Rooney Rule” to the selection of a new commissioner.

    Gene Washington served as the #2 man behind Tagliabue for years. He would have been a perfect candidate to succeed the former commissioner, but instead the owners tabbed some empty suit no one outside of their realm had ever heard of, and the results have painful, to say the least.

    Gene Washington was a former player who understands the game. He should have been selected for this job the last time around. If he’s still interested, he at least deserves some serious consideration. If the owners can force their GMs to abide by the Rooney rule, surely they can live by it themselves when it comes to selecting a new commissioner.

  16. kurdishpats1 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 12:55 PM

    His successor is employed by the Jets right now.

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    When is Geno’s contract up, anyway?

  17. ag1959 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:22 PM
    “The notion that the Commissioner possibly exercises discretion when disciplining teams and players based on political expedience and not on what’s objective fair becomes another reason to be skeptical…”

    It’s not another reason, it’s the primary one. That ‘notion’ speaks to the fact that Mr “Integrity of the Shield” has none. Which is the real reason why any rational person is skeptical of everything he does.

    Of course Roger is equal parts henchman, fall guy and figurehead doing the bidding of others. Don’t believe it? Then answer this question: In what honestly run business would a presiding CEO not be called to account by the board for a scheme to defraud a business partner of their share of $110M ?

  18. I don’t get the whole “Goodell hates the Patriots!!!” non-sense from Pats fans. Besides being best buds with Robert Kraft, what possible interest does the NFL have in putting Jimmy Garropollo in prime time instead of Tom Brady? No one wants to see that and it sure as heck isn’t going to make the NFL and the networks more money. His suspension of Brady seems to go AGAINST any biases he may have and against the interests of the league, which actually supports the reality that he suspended Brady because it was the right result.

  19. For all the Goodell haters this must be a shock. You have hit the nail on the head and something I have been saying for years. He is actually doing and operating the NFL in the manner that the owners want and dictate. Much like a CEO running a company the way the Board of Director’s want and dictate.

    Goodell isn’t the one that most have problem with…..it is the 32 owners who have set the policy that Goodell is outstanding at getting done. If I was one of the 32, I would be thrilled at his performance and deflection from me that occurs……When he leaves (retires as the owners will never fire him), the next Commissioner will either operate the NFL in the same manner or he will not be retained……

    Enjoy the NFL, the games, the entertainment, etc….because you won’t see a change in direction anytime soon, regardless of who is Commissioner.

  20. pixelito says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:16 PM

    Goodall actually takes his orders from the owners?

    As many suspected?

    Noooo, really?

    Someone tell the geniuses in Boston.
    ————————

    So what you are saying is that 31 owners ordered the code red on the Patriots?

  21. vikingsdefineaverage says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:17 PM
    You Pats fans should complain to Kraft about drafting a QB. Franchise is 3 years away from complete irrelevance as we’ve seen what Jimmy can do.

    None of you will be commenting on football once TB retires.

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    That Patriots may indeed become irrelevant once Brady and BB retire. But unlike the Vikings at least they were relevant at some point. It must such to be a fan of one of the oldest teams in the league and still be waiting for that 1st SB win….

  22. I don’t believe a word of it. Sure there are a handful of owners that force certain issues to surface. And sure Goodell will make it seem like he is abiding by their will. But you are not giving that slime ball enough credit. Roger Goodell answers to the owners as much as J. Edgar Hoover answered to the Attorney General. And for those unfamiliar, not at all.
    He doesn’t have to. He has studied each and every one of them and knows them as well as they know themselves. His advantage is that he knows all of them and knows who to put in any specific group of 24 on any given issue. Just like Hoover, he brings his files on any objector to every meeting. Someone gets out of line and he opens the file just enough to let that owner know he better back down.
    I don’t like Goodell. I think he is ruining the NFL. But I’ll give him credit that he has been able to take control of a lot of wealthy, successful people. I can’t wait for the Expose book to be written about him. It will be priceless.

  23. BradyIsTheGCOAT says:

    Apr 26, 2016 1:01 PM
    He’s taken on the cheating patriots and won.

    #GOATCommish
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    Not over yet, 4 judges from NY’s 2nd circuit have heard the case 2 have sided with Brady, 2 have sided with Goodell and the NFL.

    Brady will appeal to the entire 2nd circuit and then we’ll really find out who “won”.

    No one really “wins” here though, Goodell looks worse than ever, Brady has to deal with the unfair criticism/distraction and the fans are just plain sick of this side show.

  24. rogerbueno11 says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:11 PM
    Bwahahahahahahahahahah!

    Cheaters never prosper!

    Bwahahahahahahahahahah!

    =========================

    But the Patriots have 4 Super Bowl wins, a completely unparalleled record of success over the last 13 years plus, they’re all rich and among the best at what they do in an all-time sense, none of which has changed.

    You’re saying that cheaters never prosper. Since they’re prospering, big time, that means that, by your logic, they can’t be cheaters.

    If nothing else, that makes more sense than the logic in the Wells report.

  25. stealthjunk says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:37 PM

    I don’t get the whole “Goodell hates the Patriots!!!” non-sense from Pats fans. Besides being best buds with Robert Kraft, what possible interest does the NFL have in putting Jimmy Garropollo in prime time instead of Tom Brady? No one wants to see that and it sure as heck isn’t going to make the NFL and the networks more money. His suspension of Brady seems to go AGAINST any biases he may have and against the interests of the league, which actually supports the reality that he suspended Brady because it was the right result.
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    Let’s see. First their was spygate, and then there was framegate. Yep. Goodell must be best buds with Kraft, alright.

    Please give any legitimate reason that the commissioner of any sport would allow such a farce like framegate to even see the light of day, and then drag on for a year and a half.

    The Jets tampered with the footballs for real, and all they got was a small fine.

  26. Complaining in comment sections will not bring about change. The bottom line must be affected for a lengthy period of time before the owners and league execs know that fans are truly discontent.

    But…people will keep contributing to ratings and going to games while simultaneously complaining, so….the league will keep doing what its doing.

  27. So it is his job to take the beating for a few years and then leave with his millions.

    Sign me up.

  28. pixelito says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:20 PM
    Roger Godell actually graduated from Law School,
    ———————-

    Goodell’s degree is in economics, a subject far more near and dear to his masters mercenary hearts. It actually explains a lot if you care to think about it

  29. “If only the NFL owners knew what the world thought of them right now.”

    I’m sure they do and I’m sure they don’t care in the slightest as long as the money machine keeps rolling.

    When attendance declines substantially, when merch sales go down substantially, when they start making a lot less money then they will care.

    “You Pats fans should complain to Kraft about drafting a QB. Franchise is 3 years away from complete irrelevance as we’ve seen what Jimmy can do.”

    Garrapolo looked very good in the limited playing time he got. But I know, its easy for the Pats haters to close their eyes and pretend that he sucks, that science doesn’t exist etc.

  30. Roger Godell actually graduated from Law School, so you can keep changing oil filters for $15 an hour…

    The NFL doesn’t accept high school dropouts.

    Roger Goodell didn’t go to law school much less graduate from one. A good reason why he knows so little about the law.

  31. What I don’t understand is why does the other owners wanted a pound of flesh from the Patriots on Deflategate because they weren’t punished hard enough over Spygate. Regardless of his relationship is/ was with the Krafts, it was Goodell who botched the Patriots punishment over Spygate. The pound of flesh the other owners wanted should have been Goodell. He was the one that screwed up the Patriots punishment over Spygate.

  32. BR has up a very interesting article about how 10 different NFL execs, coaches, and players all thought Brady cheated at first, and now all think he got railroaded. This is precisely why the NFL saw a need to leak the 11 out of 12 balls lie, and did all they could to fake the science and testing. Some owners may have wanted the Patriots taken down a notch, but it turns out to have been like punching a hole in your own ship just to teach some of the passengers a lesson.

  33. if there is karma, i expect that Godell comes down hard on a minor infraction that either the Giants or the Cowboys make.

    i can’t wait to hear Mara cry

  34. The stuffed shirts ALWAYS believe their business is totally unlike any other business the same way they believe they earn every penny of their crazy salaries. Goodell’s product is so good it has survived all Goodell’s bone-headed efforts to mess it up and literally anybody could do a better job than him.

  35. Draft picks gone and Brady suspended. No sweat. The Patriots are still super bowl bound. That’s the real source of the frustration league wide.

  36. I’m confused…does a suspension or court ruling somehow make the AFC East a better division? The Pats could start 0-4 and will still clinch the division by week 14 and wind up with the 1st or 2nd seed in the AFC. I don’t see what the haters are so happy about.

  37. 17dayz says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:06 PM

    Dean Blandino is the next in line. Qualified and experienced in lying just as much Goodell was.
    —————————

    They aren’t even very good liars. They are pretty easily shown to be lying. They just keep on as if no one ever thought they were lying.

  38. If they did pick an “outsider”, figure some bad stuff is about to be uncovered. One of the plusses of having and insider as commissioner is that they are already briefed in on all the bad stuff (and have an incentive to keep it quiet).

  39. The most hated figure in all of sports. That will be his legacy. History will show, though he deflected anger at owners, fan soured on the NFL during his time. The Brady deal was way over done and he came across as a dictator! Too bad for the NFL.

  40. Of course he wants the successor to be an insider – that’s how corrupt organizations ALWAYS do things to ensure the skeletons don’t get out the closet too quickly.

    But I wish this nonsensical excuse about owners thinking the Pats were “under-punished” for Spygate was dropped for the BS it undoubtedly is: The emphasis of the vague taping rules were tightened up by memo in late 2006 by Tagliabue, but then reinterpreted by Goodell – but only AFTER that 2007 wk1 game in which the Jets complained about the Pats. But don’t forget the Jets were caught taping the Pats after the 2006 memo, but outgoing Tagliabue said the Jets excuse – that the video was for post-game “training” use – WAS STILL OK. This is what BB wanted to do with his film (no one ever found him studying footage in-game), so he restarted his videoing. But when the Jest complained to new anti-corruption-ticket Goodell, surprise surprise the rules’ emphases and vague definitions are reinterpreted to find the Pats guilty of the crime of the century – FOR JUST ONE GAME – for a practice every team was up to – at least until 2007. Spygate was Goodell’s first fraudulent attempt at enforcing parity against a team that kept winning and kept upsetting many loser-owners.

  41. If DefameGate were a murder trial, Goodell would convict Brady on the circumstantial evidence and put him on death row – despite the appearance of a live “victim”

    As Sally Jenkins reminded everyone – the NFL’s own PSI readings prove that NOTHING HAPPENED

    Hatriots can cite all the circumstantial evidence they want – it doesn’t change the fact that the DIRECT evidence says nothing happened as affirmed by hundreds of scientists and 7th grade science experiments – and the NFL admits it never factored in what the cold does to PSI

    Meanwhile, I challenge ALL the owners to stand up and say “Roger Goodell has unquestioned integrity” – because if he doesn’t – and he doesn’t – the owners are violating their own rules.

  42. When the owners dictated that the league give up their tax exempt status ( which the owners made billions from since its inception ), the public once again failed to gain access into the murky undercover world of NFL finances.

    The Federal tax exemption was generated by those on Capitol Hill that were working to protect those that financed their political campaigns….and then after Goddell’s salary was leaked to the press people were suddenly compelled to find out just how much money the owners were making. The NFL quickly moved to block any access to their fi9nancial statements by privatizing their business so it is only open to the IRS. Their finances should be open to public scrutiny because just about every team benefits from public tax dollars spent to keep that particular team in said location.

    Regardless of who takes over from Roger, taxpayers ( especially those who support the NFL through ticket sales, Direct TV package sales, etc ) should demand to know just how much money goes through their particular team’s pocketbooks. Why? Because, by and large, its your money, and the league in general and owners in particular are getting huge tax breaks from state and local governments to offer their product so you can spent that much more of …your money.

    Show us the money…or give up the state and federal tax breaks.

  43. ……every year the NFL gets a little bit worse. We’ll never know if attendance and popularity are eroding because the NFL would never let that data out. I’ve noticed watching TV it seems like the stadiums are never jammed packed anymore….it’s a shame, professional football use to be a great game with great games.

  44. He’s not going to have anything left for a successor. Football is at risk in the hands of these owners who will milk the sport like a cow until they wreck it.

  45. MrcsJsn says:
    Apr 26, 2016 2:27 PM
    I’m confused…does a suspension or court ruling somehow make the AFC East a better division? The Pats could start 0-4 and will still clinch the division by week 14 and wind up with the 1st or 2nd seed in the AFC. I don’t see what the haters are so happy about.

    ——————
    This is true. And to that end here is what the Patriots should do weeks 1. They should adopt a posture of first and foremost ensuring no player gets hurt. When AZ has the ball, the Patriots should simply let them score. Do not attempt to defend at all. When AZ kicks off, the Pats should simply take delay of game penalties one after another until the balls is at the 1 millimeter line. Then they should simply punt back to AZ. AZ will win 500-0 and Carson Palmer will already have amassed 60 TDs and 6000 yards passing breaking all of Manning’s single season records and messing with fantasy football and long-term NFL records forever. After the game, BB should announce the same game plan for the following week. This will show Roger what he can do with his integrity.

  46. Two things:

    1. Can’t wait for him to go

    2. The owners are pretty stupid if he gets their approval on everything

  47. natejthompson says:
    Apr 26, 2016 1:04 PM

    commissioner trump

    ———————-

    …*spills beer*

    Oh man, you guys are killing me… LMAO

  48. Of course Pats fans have to believe there’s a conspiracy by the League and Jets against them. Otherwise they’re forced to accept that Kraft, BB and TB put them in this position. Their brains can’t go there, way too painful. Kraft will die, Brady will retire, BB will die. Until then, THIS IS the legacy and always will be. Pats have become the new Oakland Raiders and Kraft is Al Davis. Its a shame, really.

  49. So, Deflategate is not about Goodell having a beef with the Patriots…

    It’s about the utter failure of 31 owners to halt the 15 year domination of the Patriots on the field of play and thus resorting to any means necessary to try and slow them down.

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