League declines comment on claim Goodell tried to pull plug on Ballers

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The league has never said anything publicly about HBO’s Ballers, and that approach isn’t changing — even as one of the show’s executive producers throws a hook with a large worm on it into the pond.

On Friday, Mark Wahlberg told ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike that Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with “various owners,” directly tried to put the kibosh on the show.

“You can’t do this,” Goodell told Wahlberg, according to Wahlberg, who claims that he persuaded the league that the show was a “good thing” because “hopefully you get the word out there with the crazy stuff and the financial side of it, we’ll hopefully get these guys to realize they’ve got to be more careful with what they do with their money.”

Although a league source with knowledge of the situation told PFT under a guarantee of anonymity that Goodell made no such call, the league office officially declined comment.

On most matters of this nature, where the answer is black or white with little or no gray, the league would issue a denial if, as it appears, denial is the league’s position. But the NFL seems to be committed to giving Ballers the Concussion treatment: Ignore it and wait for it to go away.

A year ago, the league had nothing to say publicly about the brazen decision of Ballers to use actual NFL team names and logos. In the past, fictional football shows (like Playmakers) and movies (like Any Given Sunday) felt compelled to avoid potentially infringing on NFL trademarks without permission. The league, however, said and did nothing when HBO called the longstanding bluff.

Then there’s the separate relationship between the NFL and HBO, which televises Hard Knocks. After one season of Playmakers, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue squeezed ESPN, a broadcast partner, into killing an otherwise popular show. The NFL could, if it wanted, huff and puff about the decision of HBO to proceed with the show, coupled with a not-so-veiled suggestion that Hard Knocks will eventually end up elsewhere.

None of that’s happening, apparently because the league decided from the outset that any public reaction will serve only to create greater buzz and publicity for the show. If Ballers continues to thrive, with a second season that debuts tonight becoming a third and a fourth and so on, it will be too late for the league to say or do anything about it.

It arguably already is.

45 responses to “League declines comment on claim Goodell tried to pull plug on Ballers

  1. This league is so crooked. I’m currently watching a once-in-a-lifetime Patriots run, but when Belichick and Brady hang them up, I might be out. Never in a million years thought I’d find myself saying that, but here I am. Between all the inevitable eventual safety measures, tinkering with the rules and their enforcement just to appease casual fans and fantasy football players (often one in the same) with more offense, scumbags like Greg Hardy and company…what’s really left to like? NCAA is corrupt too. I might just start following local high school ball, at least it’s free from all the other BS.

  2. @shadywarrior – Highlands school football isn’t any better. Crazy coaches, crazy parents, and blatant recruiting. It may not be publicized as much, but it’s there.

  3. Shut up Patriots fans.. You all had no problem with the integrity of the league when they gave you a slap on the wrist for taping the opposing teams walkthroughs in the Super Bowl and destroying the evidence. You had no issue with the league changing the rules to benefit the passing game when Brady was throwing 50 TDs. You had no issue with the integrity of the game when the refs continued to hand you BS calls that started the whole “dynasty” by screwing the Raiders.
    Now you are all mad because you went to far… Yeah he’s not guilty. We called him the deflator becaus he lost weight, he destroyed hiss cellphone the day before it was to be handed over because that’s just what he always does and the timing was just a coincidence. Even if Brady wasn’t guilty of this offense it’s karma for all the junk they have been allowed to walk on in the past. The real Karma is that the franchise and the past 15 years of wins are forever tainted and in question by everyone outside of New England.

    Bottom line is SHUT UP PATS FANS AND TAKE YOUR MEDICINE!

  4. shadywarrior says:
    Jul 17, 2016 11:53 AM
    This league is so crooked. I’m currently watching a once-in-a-lifetime Patriots run, but when Belichick and Brady hang them up, I might be out. Never in a million years thought I’d find myself saying that, but here I am. Between all the inevitable eventual safety measures, tinkering with the rules and their enforcement just to appease casual fans and fantasy football players (often one in the same) with more offense, scumbags like Greg Hardy and company…what’s really left to like? NCAA is corrupt too. I might just start following local high school ball, at least it’s free from all the other BS.

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    See you back here tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day…

  5. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:08 PM
    Shut up Patriots fans.. You all had no problem with the integrity of the league when they gave you a slap on the wrist for taping the opposing teams walkthroughs in the Super Bowl and destroying the evidence. You had no issue with the league changing the rules to benefit the passing game when Brady was throwing 50 TDs. You had no issue with the integrity of the game when the refs continued to hand you BS calls that started the whole “dynasty” by screwing the Raiders.
    Now you are all mad because you went to far… Yeah he’s not guilty. We called him the deflator becaus he lost weight, he destroyed hiss cellphone the day before it was to be handed over because that’s just what he always does and the timing was just a coincidence. Even if Brady wasn’t guilty of this offense it’s karma for all the junk they have been allowed to walk on in the past. The real Karma is that the franchise and the past 15 years of wins are forever tainted and in question by everyone outside of New England.

    Bottom line is SHUT UP PATS FANS AND TAKE YOUR MEDICINE!

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    You’re so mad and I love it. When was your team’s last Lombardi? Your answer better be February 2016, otherwise you just sound sour. Actually, even if you are a Broncos fan, you still sound sour. Word to the wise: none of this is that serious. We all come on here and bust balls, but some of you guys really take it home with you. Lighten up, Francis.

  6. @kgun…the fact that you think the Pats taping the Rams walk-through actually happened just shows how little the haters care for facts. And the fact that you think Brady changed the rules in 2007 to help the passing game when it was actually Bill Polian and his competition committee in 2005 (to stop Ty Law from eating Marvin Harrison’s lunch on a continual basis) just shows your bias.

    If you think Brady did something, there’s enough circumstantial evidence to support that. But if you think slightly deflated balls and one game of taping defensive signals from the wrong section of the Meadowlands negates everything the Patriots, Brady, and Belichick have done over the last 15 years then you are a moron of epic proportions.

  7. cardinalsfan20 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:03 PM
    @shadywarrior – Highlands school football isn’t any better. Crazy coaches, crazy parents, and blatant recruiting. It may not be publicized as much, but it’s there.

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    I hear ya. One of the reasons I’m not coaching myself. I’ll just be the next guy on the news who gets villainized because he made a kid run a lap for jumping offside too many times in practice, and Kyle’s mom from South Park calls the school and threatens to sue because her special snowflake of a kid was disciplined in a way that it’s been done for decades and decades beforehand, and has me fired and tarred and feathered in the town square. Enjoy football while it lasts, we’ll be lucky if the game as we know it is still around in 15-20 years at this rate.

  8. nflviewer says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:22 PM
    shadywarrior says:
    Jul 17, 2016 11:53 AM
    This league is so crooked. I’m currently watching a once-in-a-lifetime Patriots run, but when Belichick and Brady hang them up, I might be out. Never in a million years thought I’d find myself saying that, but here I am. Between all the inevitable eventual safety measures, tinkering with the rules and their enforcement just to appease casual fans and fantasy football players (often one in the same) with more offense, scumbags like Greg Hardy and company…what’s really left to like? NCAA is corrupt too. I might just start following local high school ball, at least it’s free from all the other BS.

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

    See you back here tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day…

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    “Just when I thought I was out….they pull me back in.”

  9. Not sure Mark Wahlberg has any more credibility than the League, or Goodell. Each has their own agenda, and honesty/integrity do not enter into it.

  10. kgun80…Im a 30 yr+ Denver Bronco fan. I agree with some of what you are saying, but keep in mind that alot, if not all of the 32 NFL teams have done something that isnt 100% in line with the rules. I could say that my team has lost some games to the Pats, solely because they are cheaters, or I could be realistic, & say the games that we lost were because like it or not, Bill Belichek & Tom Brady are arguably 2 of the best football minds ever. Surely the Coach is, as for Tom…he is outstanding at executing the Coaches gameplan. Its just too damn easy to say “they cheated” , it dont count…….no I dont buy that. They were exposed for some questionable stuff…but that dont mean they weren’t super talented. Cheating or not, who knows, but they were, are, & will be a team to reckon with in the forseeable future.

  11. Sorry if you are but hurt by the repose you got to your whiny post shady warrior. Sorry I am sick of hearing Pats fans whine every time I open a comments section on any football page.
    Yeah Goodell who destroyed the tapes …who you Pats fans only seem to trust when it benefits you…he is the only person who said they didn’t.
    And I gues the whole nation outside of New England are morons? Because we all believe you cheated.
    Brady is a great QB and Bellicheck is a great coach but they will always be viewed as Cheaters and their achievements as suspect.

  12. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:49 PM

    Sorry if you are but hurt by the repose you got to your whiny post shady warrior. Sorry I am sick of hearing Pats fans whine every time I open a comments section on any football page.
    Yeah Goodell who destroyed the tapes …who you Pats fans only seem to trust when it benefits you…he is the only person who said they didn’t.
    And I gues the whole nation outside of New England are morons? Because we all believe you cheated.
    Brady is a great QB and Bellicheck is a great coach but they will always be viewed as Cheaters and their achievements as suspect.
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    Quit your crying. Be a man.

  13. Goodell destroying the tapes did nothing to help the Patriots, the exact opposite in fact. The entire world is convinced they were taping opponents anyway despite no one having actually viewed the tapes.
    A LMAO at “we all believe you cheated.” I’m in Texas and there are plenty of people down here that view Deflategate for was what is is; a manufactured, contrived, self-serving power play by Goodell, who desperately needed a “win” to keep his job.
    And if you think two puffs out of a football explains why the Patriots have been tremendous for 15 years and counting, you should be hospitalized.

  14. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:49 PM
    Sorry if you are but hurt by the repose you got to your whiny post shady warrior. Sorry I am sick of hearing Pats fans whine every time I open a comments section on any football page.
    Yeah Goodell who destroyed the tapes …who you Pats fans only seem to trust when it benefits you…he is the only person who said they didn’t.
    And I gues the whole nation outside of New England are morons? Because we all believe you cheated.
    Brady is a great QB and Bellicheck is a great coach but they will always be viewed as Cheaters and their achievements as suspect.

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    I don’t get butthurt, I’m on the Internet. For the record, nobody here in Boston thinks Goodell did the Patriots any favors at any point. I’m not going to try to explain the obvious point that taping signals was done league-wide, that 80,000 fans could see the signals, that there is no way that could swing the outcome of a game that day…you’ve already made up your mind, probably 8 or 9 years ago when you saw a headline that made you feel better about your own team’s shortcomings, and so you chose to accept it as fact with no further research. And since you mentioned it, Boston is widely regarded in studies as the most intelligent area of the country, so forgive me if I have a little faith in the basic reasoning skills of many of my neighbors. We have idiots like anywhere else, but go ahead and look up some studies, Boston has the highest concentration of intelligence of any large metropolitan area in the U.S.. As for your contribution here…there is an additional ‘S’ in “guess”, and two ‘T’s’ in “butt” in this context. Grade: C-, marked down for spelling, grammar, and syntax. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.

  15. Look – Goodell and the owners are so corrupt they tried to co-opt the National Institutes of Health Concussion study by insisting Ted Wells, or anyone with a pro-NFL bias, conduct it

    They threatened to pull $30 million when the NIH refused

    HBO’s “Ballers” is small potatoes, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if they applied the same Mafia tactics

    Everyone is too afraid to say anything about the Emperor’s New Clothes when it comes to a $60 Billion businesses entity – so much so that so many in the media look the other way and affirm that, “Yes Mr. Goodell – the Laws of Physics do NOT apply to the NFL so clearly Brady cheated!”

    The fact that the NFL won’t officially refute the story with HBO now pretty much affirms it (no organization needs someone to go “off the record” to deny something happened – that’s just bizarre!)

    The real question is this, now that Goodell and the Owners are trying to buy off the National Institute of Health:

    When is Congress going to investigate the corruption among Goodell and the Owners??

    When can we as fans – and all patrons of the $60 billion entity – have the assurance that the games are not fixed to “Suck for Luck” or otherwise impede a team that’s “clogged” up the Super Bowl for nearly every other year of the Brady era

    This scientifically proven frame job of Brady is in-your-face evidence that the NFL is trying to fix games and influence the outcome of a season. This shouldn’t result in a blink of an eye in response.

  16. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:08 PM
    Shut up Patriots fans.. You all had no problem with the integrity of the league when they gave you a slap on the wrist for taping the opposing teams walkthroughs in the Super Bowl and destroying the evidence.
    _________________________
    You really should do your homework as your claims are far from reality. Spygate was about taping coaches signals during games from an “unauthorized location” in the stadium. If they did this from the coaches booth instead like other teams, it would have been perfectly legal.

    And the only team fined for taping walk-throughs was an AFC West team. So you should look this up and get your facts straight – it’s not that difficult.

  17. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:08 PM

    Shut up Patriots fans.. You all had no problem with the integrity of the league when they gave you a slap on the wrist for taping the opposing teams walkthroughs in the Super Bowl and destroying the evidence. You had no issue with the league changing the rules to benefit the passing game when Brady was throwing 50 TDs. You had no issue with the integrity of the game when the refs continued to hand you BS calls that started the whole “dynasty” by screwing the Raiders.

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

    WOW !!! SO MUCH FALSE INFORMATION PACKED INTO A SINGLE RANT.
    Let’s examine the false claims one by one:

    —–Patriots never taped any other team’s walkthroughs. That was a false rumor. Apparently it just takes time for some people to catch up with corrected news once a false story is published.

    Almost 10 years ago the Patriots had a camera in the wrong location for a portion of a game against the Jets. They were punished for it and the matter was considered closed the time, although it is still mentioned from time to time by crybabies.

    The film from that game was destroyed by the NFL, not by the Patriots, so that no teams, including The Patriots could ever benefit by watching it. Would it have been fair to the team that was filmed to give the other 31 teams a copy?
    The NFL destroying the film also ensured if The Patriots kept an undisclosed copy they would have risked having Roger Goodell over punish them again.

    It’s time to stop with that rule change nonsense.
    First of all the Tuck Rule was already a rule in the NFL rule book so the fact that the referees called it according to the rule book was what it was their jobs to do.

    If you look for a video online titled “THE TUCK RULE – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY” you can see #21 Eric Allen Raiders cornerback standing on the Patriots sideline as the Patriots are talking about the play the Patriots are going to run.
    In the video Eric Allen also admits that the told the Raiders that information and the Raiders put a defense in to specifically cover the player that Tom Brady was going to pass to. That is why Tom Brady had to tuck the football in the first place.

    So if the Raiders did not steal the play call with that sleazy tactic, then the tuck rule play never happens and Tom Brady likely completes a pass to win the game. Tom Brady obviously had the skill to do it.

    And if you want to go back in the past to see a team get cheated in a game that would have put them in the superbowl just look on the same online video site for “1976 PATRIOTS”. In a day when players were allowed to crush quarterbacks, the referee called the Patriots player for roughing the QB because he hit him just as he passed the football. And don’t forget that the NFL always let teams hit even harder in playoffs games. If that bad call was not made then the Patriots likely go to the superbowl and win since they had a team that was stacked with talent. Instead the Raiders benefited from that bad call and the Raiders went on to win the superbowl.

    So either the Tuck Rule was payback of the bad call of 1977 or it was immediate karma in 2001 for Eric Allen stealing the Patriots call on the play that would become the Tuck Rule play.

  18. WOW !!! SO MUCH FALSE INFORMATION PACKED INTO A SINGLE RANT.
    Let’s examine the false claims one by one:

    —–Patriots never taped any other team’s walkthroughs. That was a false rumor. Apparently it just takes time for some people to catch up with corrected news once a false story is published.

    Almost 10 years ago the Patriots had a camera in the wrong location for a portion of a game against the Jets. They were punished for it and the matter was considered closed the time, although it is still mentioned from time to time by crybabies.

    The film from that game was destroyed by the NFL, not by the Patriots, so that no teams, including The Patriots could ever benefit by watching it. Would it have been fair to the team that was filmed to give the other 31 teams a copy?
    The NFL destroying the film also ensured if The Patriots kept an undisclosed copy they would have risked having Roger Goodell over punish them again.

    —— It’s time to stop with that rule change nonsense. First of all the Tuck Rule was already a rule in the NFL rule book so the fact that the referees called it according to the rule book was what it was their jobs to do.

    If you look for a video online titled “THE TUCK RULE – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY” you can see #21 Eric Allen Raiders cornerback standing on the Patriots sideline as the Patriots are talking about the play the Patriots are going to run.
    In the video Eric Allen also admits that the told the Raiders that information and the Raiders put a defense in to specifically cover the player that Tom Brady was going to pass to. That is why Tom Brady had to tuck the football in the first place.

    So if the Raiders did not steal the play call with that sleazy tactic, then the tuck rule play never happens and Tom Brady likely completes a pass to win the game. Tom Brady obviously had the skill to do it.

    —— And if you want to go back in the past to see a team get cheated in a game that would have put them in the superbowl just look on the same online video site for “1976 PATRIOTS”. In a day when players were allowed to crush quarterbacks, the referee called the Patriots player for roughing the QB because he hit him just as he passed the football. And don’t forget that the NFL always let teams hit even harder in playoffs games. If that bad call was not made then the Patriots likely go to the superbowl and win since they had a team that was stacked with talent. Instead the Raiders benefited from that bad call and the Raiders went on to win the superbowl.

    So either the Tuck Rule was payback of the bad call of 1977 or it was immediate karma in 2001 for Eric Allen stealing the Patriots call on the play that would become the Tuck Rule play.

  19. Last years Super Bowl was fixed by the NFL. It should come as no surprise to anyone the corrupt NFL is fixing games. The owners, Goodell and all in the League Office and all owners, by electing to keep this scumbag as the Commish shows what scumbags they are. When the Director of Officiati ng blatantly comes out and says theres always going to be some subjectivity to what a catch is = fixing games. 2 yrs ago i wouldnt miss a game. Now after this clown show, if its a good match up i will watch. If not, i have better things to do

  20. Time to refute the false information that was posted earlier by a Patriots hater:

    —–Patriots never taped any other team’s walkthroughs. That was a false rumor. Apparently it just takes time for some people to catch up with corrected news once a false story is published.

    Almost 10 years ago the Patriots had a camera in the wrong location for a portion of a game against the Jets. They were punished for it and the matter was considered closed the time, although it is still mentioned from time to time by crybabies.

    The film from that game was destroyed by the NFL, not by the Patriots, so that no teams, including The Patriots could ever benefit by watching it. Would it have been fair to the team that was filmed to give the other 31 teams a copy?
    The NFL destroying the film also ensured if The Patriots kept an undisclosed copy they would have risked having Roger Goodell over punish them again.

    —— It’s time to stop with that rule change nonsense.
    First of all the Tuck Rule was already a rule in the NFL rule book so the fact that the referees called it according to the rule book was what it was their jobs to do.

    If you look for a video online titled “THE TUCK RULE – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY” you can see #21 Eric Allen Raiders cornerback standing on the Patriots sideline as the Patriots are talking about the play the Patriots are going to run.
    In the video Eric Allen also admits that the told the Raiders that information and the Raiders put a defense in to specifically cover the player that Tom Brady was going to pass to. That is why Tom Brady had to tuck the football in the first place.

    So if the Raiders did not steal the play call with that sleazy tactic, then the tuck rule play never happens and Tom Brady likely completes a pass to win the game. Tom Brady obviously had the skill to do it.

    So the tuck rule was immediate karma for Raiders cornerback Eric Allen stealing the play call for the very play that would become known as the “tuck rule play”.

  21. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:08 PM

    You had no issue with the integrity of the game when the refs continued to hand you BS calls that started the whole “dynasty” by screwing the Raiders.
    —————————————————————-

    If you want to go back in the past to see a team actually get cheated by a call in a game that would have put them in the superbowl just look on the same online video site for “1976 PATRIOTS”. In a day when players were allowed to crush quarterbacks, the referee called the Patriots player for roughing the QB because he hit him just as he passed the football. And don’t forget that the NFL always let teams hit even harder in playoffs games. If that bad call was not made then the Patriots likely go to the superbowl and win since they had a team that was stacked with talent. Instead the Raiders benefited from that bad call and the Raiders went on to win the superbowl.

  22. —–Patriots never taped any other team’s walkthroughs. That was a false rumor. Apparently it just takes a long time for some people to catch up with corrected news once a false story is published.

    Almost 10 years ago the Patriots had a camera in the wrong location for a portion of a game against the Jets. They were punished for it and the matter was considered closed the time, although it is still mentioned from time to time by crybabies.

    The film from that game was destroyed by the NFL, not by the Patriots, so that no teams, including The Patriots could ever benefit by watching it. Would it have been fair to the team that was filmed to give the other 31 teams a copy?
    The NFL destroying the film also ensured if The Patriots kept an undisclosed copy they would have risked having Roger Goodell over punish them again.

    —— It’s time to stop with that “rule change”nonsense.
    First of all the Tuck Rule was already a rule in the NFL rule book so the fact that the referees called it according to the rule book was what it was their jobs to do.

    If you look for a video online titled “THE TUCK RULE – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY” you can see #21 Eric Allen Raiders cornerback standing on the Patriots sideline as the Patriots are talking about the play the Patriots are going to run.
    In the video Eric Allen also admits that the told the Raiders that information and the Raiders put a defense in to specifically cover the player that Tom Brady was going to pass to. That is why Tom Brady had to tuck the football in the first place.

    So if the Raiders did not steal the play call with that sleazy tactic, then the tuck rule play never happens and Tom Brady likely completes a pass to win the game. Tom Brady obviously had the skill to do it.

    So the tuck rule was immediate karma for Raiders cornerback Eric Allen stealing the play call for the very play that would become known as the “tuck rule play”.

  23. Sorry if you are but hurt by the repose you got to your whiny post shady warrior. Sorry I am sick of hearing Pats fans whine every time I open a comments section on any football page.
    Yeah Goodell who destroyed the tapes …who you Pats fans only seem to trust when it benefits you…he is the only person who said they didn’t.
    And I gues the whole nation outside of New England are morons? Because we all believe you cheated.
    Brady is a great QB and Bellicheck is a great coach but they will always be viewed as Cheaters and their achievements as suspect.

    ———————————–

    As a pats fan, it’s hard to take the cheating complaints from other fans too seriously when they make such obvious misstatements of facts (taping walk throughs, pats destroying tapes) and lump things like the tuck rule or their formation trick plays against Ravens into the conversation.

    I’ll admit, it gets tiresome to listen to, but only the same way it was when you were a kid and you constantly beat your friends in a game and their first reply was “you cheated”. Understandable from a child, but as an adult you’d expect a little more reasoning and understanding of facts and context. It’s so much easier to call someone a cheater than acknowledge they are better than you.

  24. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 12:08 PM

    You had no issue with the integrity of the game when the refs continued to hand you BS calls that started the whole “dynasty” by screwing the Raiders.
    ——————————————————————-

    If you want to go back in the past to see a team actually get cheated by a call in a game that would have put them in the superbowl just look on the same online video site for “1976 PATRIOTS”. In a day when players were allowed to crush quarterbacks, the referee called the Patriots player for roughing the QB because he hit him just as he passed the football.

    And don’t forget that the NFL always let teams hit even harder in playoffs games. If that bad call was not made then the Patriots likely go to the superbowl and win since they had a team that was stacked with talent. Instead the Raiders benefited from that bad call and the Raiders went on to win the superbowl.

  25. I don’t know why any football fan would ever want to watch this show.
    Because I am sick and tired of reading and hearing about all this crap, so I certainly don’t want to add to it by watching some dopey show about it.

  26. Sorry, I thought this article was about Goodell (probably) objecting to Ballers, and had nothing to do with Brady, The Patriots, or which team has the most bitter fanbase.

    What I really want to know is why the NFL didn’t object to having their name, logos, and Commissioner used in the movie Draft Day? That movie is such a trainwreck that I actually love it (for all the wrong reasons). It should have been released directly to MST3K.

  27. Apparently Goodell’s attorneys taught him the definition of “fair use” after his phone call. Isn’t he supposed to be an attorney?

    He isn’t much of one if he doesn’t know what fair use means.

  28. Man…if you just read these comments and not the article, you’d swear the article had something to do with deflate gate or spy gate.

    I never had any real hatred for Patriots fans, but they are SO bent out of shape about losing Brady for four games (and so narcissistic about their tainted dynasty) that any article about Goodell and his power immediately becomes about them. Hey guys, your team is not the center of the universe. Chill.

  29. Pats fans are known liars so he has zero credibility. Just look at their descriptions of spygate and deflategate for evidence. They deny facts, completely invent things, and expect people to take them seriously.
    Enjoy the tainted legacy!

  30. On one hand it’s entirely possible that Goodell tried to strong-arm the show. On the other hand A new season of the show is about to start, and Wahlberg is doing what he needs to do to drum up publicity.

  31. Waaaahhh Boston is so smart. Wahhhhh you misspelled some words on a football website in the comments section so your argument doesn’t stand. People seem to made a cottage industry out of appeasing whiny Pats fans. Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner and Mike Martz have all been on the record stating they ran plays that they never ran before in the Super Bowl but somehow the Pats knew and adjusted pre snap like they had seen it on film a million times. They cheated Goodell covered it up for his pal Mr. Kraft. The deflate gate issue was the straw that broke the camels back. Small infraction but this time Roger wasn’t going to sweep it under the rug, the league had enough.

    Once again they called him the deflator and used the dumb excuse that it was because he lost weight. Tommy just happened to destroy his phone. These are all acts of a guilty party.

    Please read Dan Shaugnessys article from the globe on the 15th it gives a pretty good explanation on why the Pats/ Brady got punished and why everyone around the country enjoys it besides Pats fans.

    Please remember the league is cyclical,soon Brady will retire and soon the Pats will go back to being bottom feeders and every fan in the league outside of Boston will revel in it.

    Smug fans. Smug owner, smug players. Tainted Cheating franchise with tainted titles.

  32. kgun80 says:
    Jul 17, 2016 5:44 PM

    Once again they called him the deflator and used the dumb excuse that it was because he lost weight. Tommy just happened to destroy his phone. These are all acts of a guilty party.

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    —— So an extremely wealthy person wants the latest smart phone and can afford one. He wipes the data off the old phone, which is what intelligent people do. The NFL was never going to receive his personal telephone. The NFL had no right to examine a personal telephone.

    You must think that NFL is a law enforcement agency that could have demanded his phone if it wasn’t “destroyed”. You must also believe that in America people have to surrender their privacy rights and prove their innocence to someone accusing them of something. The NFL used the media to market the sensational word “destroyed” so gullible people were duped.

    —— A guy having part time job of inflating and deflating footballs to get the within the league mandated 12.5 to 13.5 PSI can call himself “deflator” for whatever silly reason he wants to. Contrary to what you wrote, nobody else called him deflator. There was zero evidence that anyone wanted to use footballs that were below 12.5 PSI.

    If the equipment guy was also in charge of spraying the building for pests and called himself “terminator” would you be saying that Tom Brady is guilty of killing people? People die all the time and the cold deflates footballs and both occur naturally so the analogy is fair.

    Only fools that believe that they have psychic powers would think that they can infer any guilt of Tom Brady because that part time employee used a single word during the off season. You didn’t seem to hear about the other evidence where it was stated that Tom Brady asked to have the footballs set at 12.5 PSI and asked them to remind the officials of the PSI rules prior to games.

    Plus claims like yours become even more ridiculous when people must deny proven science and video evidence from tests to believe that the footballs were deflated by anything other from getting cold and wet weather conditions.

  33. Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner and Mike Martz have all been on the record stating they ran plays that they never ran before in the Super Bowl but somehow the Pats knew and adjusted pre snap like they had seen it on film a million times
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    First play, Holt drop for 12 yards. Second play 18 yard reception. 3rd play, a few yards run for Faulk, 4th play, lots of pressure almost a sack leads to holding penalty –

    They had 30 yards (or should have without the drop) in the first two plays. Sure. The Pats really knew the plays.

  34. Kgun, are you a broncos fan? If so, you have no right to complain about anything. If you are a Bills fan, my sympathies(not)!
    As far as Goodell goes, if he has to explain what is going on regarding ballers, he will go on ESPN with Mike and Mike to discuss it. He loves that show because they rub his feet, stroke his ego and have a tickle fight. They will ask him all the questions that Goodell’s people have told them to ask and kiss his feet before he leaves the show. Goodell was gone after the Ray Rice scandal but was able to use Patriot hatred to get fans off his back by making up the deflated football scandal. If you don’t believe that, why did 3 of 4 Colt’s footballs also measure below the legal PSI but the league and non Patriot fans ignore that fact?? Goodell is a power maniacal ego maniac. The league will be so much better when this “lack of integrity” person is tossed as commissioner. Wake up and realize how bad of a person he is and how little he cares about the fans. It’s all about money for Rog and he will do whatever he has to to keeping getting overpaid!
    Side note”Roger Goodell did not turn over his personal cell phone when the league was investigated in the Ray Rice scandal. Hmmm??.

  35. To our good friend kgun80;

    Nice seeing you. Appreciate your opinions. Have a nice summer. Apparently your fall and winter seasons suck unlike Patriot fan’s who routinely cheer their team to the AFC championship game and the Super Bowl. I feel your need for tough talk on internet blogs. This is your “playoff” season so have at it. Put us Pats fans in our place! You show us who’s boss! Next fall when you change your screen name for the 20th time we’ll be thinking of you and your like. Nah, not really, we’ll have way better things to think about then.

  36. trailerparkking says:
    Jul 17, 2016 5:17 PM

    Pats fans are known liars so he has zero credibility. Just look at their descriptions of spygate and deflategate for evidence. They deny facts, completely invent things, and expect people to take them seriously.
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    The irony is strong in this one.

  37. Thank you Pats fans for proving my point. Whiny and smug. I have had the same screen name on this site for a long time no need for 2. Thanks for letting me troll you, have a wonderful night and enjoy your tainted legacy.

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