NFL moves Commissioner’s Super Bowl press conference from Friday to Wednesday

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Super Bowl week typically ends with a Friday press conference involving the Commissioner. Although he speaks on various other occasions throughout the year (but hardly “almost every day“), there’s a different feel for the Super Bowl press conference, especially given the sheer number of reporters present and the lingering sense that a curveball, a screwball, and/or a spitball could be coming for him at any given moment.

This year, there will be a change. Via Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the Commissioner’s press conference has been moved from Friday to Wednesday.

As Kaplan notes, it’s a “major break” from tradition, which could mean that fewer reporters will attend, since plenty don’t arrive until the final few days of the week.

“Our overall thinking is by Friday people are really focused on the game,” NFL executive V.P. of communications Joe Lockhart told Kaplan.

I’ve been to the site of the Super Bowl every week since 2009, and that’s just not the case. Monday through Friday (and in many cases Saturday) is about everything but the game, save for the pool reports from team practices, which in most cases really don’t tell the people anything they don’t already know. The overall activity builds exponentially throughout the week, and by Friday every nook and cranny of the Super Bowl media center has maximum attendance and maximum buzz. Wednesday’s overall crowd typically a fraction of the throng that attends on Friday.

Maybe the goal is to get more people there earlier in the week. If that was the case, however, the league should have disclosed the change far earlier than precisely two weeks before the event.

The logical conclusion, then, is that the people responsible for the care and feeding of the Commissioner’s image hope to expose him to a crowd of reporters that will be smaller and, in turn, more predictable and more manageable.

There’s one major flaw in that logic. If the Patriots make it, the concentration of reporters who will be more inclined to pose tough, aggressive questions about #DeflateGate will be much greater, since the folks who cover the Patriots definitely will be there on Wednesday if the Patriots are there all week.

57 responses to “NFL moves Commissioner’s Super Bowl press conference from Friday to Wednesday

  1. One reason I want the Patriots there is simply so Goodell can get upset worrying about whatever Tom E. Curran is going to embarrass him with at that conference. I hate Goodell because he and his staff have made me cynical about football, so now anything that helps tarnish him is fine by me.

  2. who really cares.
    I mean, no one will be listening to this clown anyway… And he’s got no one to blame but himself.

  3. It doesn’t matter what day it is. All the questions are scripted in advance. Goodell answers every question like a politician. In other words, lots of words, no real meaning.
    But he does say how much money the league is making.

  4. He is just looking to clear his schedule to plan sabotage against the Patriots if they make the Super Bowl…. He is The UltraDoosh…and I assume still has a house standing in Prout’s Neck Maine…

  5. I’m mainly a Panthers’ fan, but I have to admit that I’m almost praying for a Pats SuperBowl win just so all of America can see the look on Goodell’s face when he hands that Lombardi trophy to Kraft and then to Brady.

    That look will be as priceless as the look on Romney’s face at the dinner when Trump trolled him with that bogus offer of Secretary of State.

  6. Why would you want to go to Atlanta twice. Pretty boring place otherwise.

    Goodall thought his Cowboys would win so he could go there this week.

  7. So only the Commissioner knows why the day was changed, and everything else is just speculation. Understood.

    —————————-

    His body guard has a dental appointment on Friday.

  8. Really tired of the lame comments about how Goodell has sinister plans against the Patriots (or ANY team) one way or the other.

    It’s utter nonsense.

  9. How things have changed . . . .

    The way Michael MacCambridge tells it in “America’s Game,” Pete Rozelle used to do the Friday press conference as a way to take the spotlight off the coaches and teams and let them prepare for the game.

    Now, Roger Goodell is probably scheming to avoid the spotlight being on him.

    Of course, Rozelle used to start his press conference with a brief statement, and then open it to questions by lighting a cigarette.

    How things have changed . . . .

  10. San Diego has a question.

    How the hell do you let the GREEDIEST worse owner double his franchise value by screwing over an entire fan base?

  11. Isn’t Friday the day that the long list of weekly fines are handed out? He doesn’t want to have to explain all the fines he handed out that week. No wait, that would be the decisions of his minions wouldn’t it? Yeah, right.

  12. As much as I dislike the Pats given the rivalry between them and the broncos, it would be very entertaining to watch Roger hand the Lombardi to the Pats brass with Brady and Belechick right there.

  13. You guys kill me. Goodell makes $30 MILLION a year. He could care less if fans boo him as long as the league rakes in $15 Billion for 2017. That’s right – as you guys make petty remarks YET still watch the game – he wins.

    And are we forgetting, Goodell WON the court case against Brady that re-affirmed more powers to the league under the CBA? NFL doesn’t care about Deflategate, but the extra power that came with it.

  14. Goodell is the ultimate straw man. And, judging by how effectively he has drawn the ire of Patriots fans away from 31 other owners and the cold profit motive of the NFL, I’d say he’s earned every cent of his massive salary.

    You dupes never cease to amaze

  15. Maybe the goal is to get more people there earlier in the week.

    That’s a good guess, but I think the owners are basically taking away the czar’s rock-star status. He’s made himself the embodiment of the NFL and I think we’re seeing how they’re taking that power away from the position.. and more importantly, him.

    It’s a polarizing position, being the acknowledged head of “the” professional sport. That’s a tough row to hoe for anyone: smacking around your boss for, you know, being your boss.

    There really needs to be a figurehead in place to keep these folks in check. But, when the figurehead starts creating a police state and biting back… the folks bankrolling this whole thing may not dig it as much.

    He made himself the focal point. Countless articles written about him. In the end, he made himself out to be bigger than the job was really supposed to be.

    I expect more muzzles and downgrades to come. After all, it really is just another corporation.. just so happens there are millionaires/billionaires involved.

  16. Interesting comments from the few dodo birds that think Goodell’s $30 million / year is enough for him not to care that he is despised. Only those that have never read more than four lines about Goodell the Narcissist would write that. The man craves respect and love and attention. He knows all he gets is the opposite. But Goodell, like his buddy Jerry Jones who admitted he sold his soul for his third Superbowl ( that he himself never earned ), has already cashed in all he will ever get as commissioner. The money means nothing. And nothing is all he is going to get. As deserved.

  17. The only “respect and love” he cares about are from the bosses above him. Seriously, who gives a rat’s ass about the peasants that continues to buy his product regardless of how much they hate him?

    And only a moron would think Goodell acts on his own whim. Everything he does is dictated by ownership and his job is to take the brunt of the criticism from the public while deflecting it away from the owners.

    His bosses (the owners) all love him and the money he makes for them. The NFL has gone from a $4B business to $13B since Goodell took over. Previous commissioners Rozelle and Tagliabue couldn’t take the popularity of football and make this much revenue in 46 years as commissioners. Goodell did.

  18. There was a locally famous chant at a Red Sox vs. Yankees playoff game in 1999. The game had been billed as a prize fight with normal sized, charismatic Red Sox star Pedro Martinez against big, bloated Roger Clemens for NY. Pedro was great but Roger got shelled and fans at Fenway *loved* it, chanting “Where is Roger?” for an inning or so after he’d been pulled.

    If the Patriots get a good lead on the Steelers and the fans are feeling particularly euphoric, listen for the “Where is Roger?” chant to break out in reference to scared to show up in his limo with his bodyguards to go straight to a luxury box Roger Goodell.

  19. pats fans have the dumbest logic. it doesn’t matter if they win the superbowl. deflategate is in the past. done. winning a superbowl won’t change anything. you won’t be getting your draft picks back.

    goodell doesn’t care if the pats win the superbowl. he’ll hand the trophy to whoever wins.

    some how pats fans seem to think that if the patriots win the superbowl, it invalidates the cheating verdict. it doesn’t

  20. love you that bozo up above who believes goodell and did not read
    the wells report, hear berman’s ruling and apparently still
    believes in santa claus as an adult.

    whoa

    please do not vote or procreate

    thanks

    – the american taxpayer

  21. I hope he doesn’t live that long. He did extend his life expectancy by choosing to attend the NFC Championship game for a 2nd week in a row in Atlanta, though.

  22. That’s a crock. Wednesday is media day for the players and coaches – the last day the general media can interact with them at all (there is one pool reporter assigned to each team). Everyone with the ghost of “media” associated with their job will be in town on Wednesday for that.

  23. More awkward: Rozelle handing Davis the Super Bowl trophy or, presuming Pats win this year’s SB, Goodell handing Brady/Kraft Trophy?
    My opinion is the former as Davis was going to move the team.

  24. akira1971 makes the obvious point that the owners love Goodell. Obvious but incorrect. The owners show appreciation for Goodell because he is willing to cleanup the mess when the cesspool backs up (yeah I live in the country, we have cesspools). And just like we all know who to call when the cesspool backs up and the muck is all over the floor, that is one number that’s not called with an invite to join the country club. Why? Cause you know what he smells like.
    That describes the relationship between Goodell and the owners. Goodell’s phone number is on everybody’s rapid dial but he’s never getting the call he wants. And yeah, he also happens to have one of the nicest homes in the county because there’s good money in doing what no one else is willing to do. But that large parking lot he built remains empty cause no one is going over to visit. And that drives Goodell crazy.
    The only difference between Goodell and the cesspool cleaner is that the cesspool cleaner’s job may be a dirty one but it’s an honest one. There is nothing honest about Goodell.

  25. It should be noted the picture accompanying the article was taken while Goodell was answering a question regarding the size of his balls.

  26. Really tired of the lame comments about how Goodell has sinister plans against the Patriots (or ANY team) one way or the other.
    It’s utter nonsense.

    ****************************************

    This is true. Goodell has NO plans. He is a thin-skinned coward, who simply reacts to any perceived slight in a way calculated only to public relations, and not honesty, integrity, intelligence or courage.

  27. You guys kill me. Goodell makes $30 MILLION a year. He could care less if fans boo him as long as the league rakes in $15 Billion for 2017.

    **********************

    The thin-skinned coward seems to care enough to avoid the place where he would be booed, and instead go to the same place he went last week.

  28. helmetcatch says:
    Jan 19, 2017 11:19 PM
    pats fans have the dumbest logic. it doesn’t matter if they win the superbowl. deflategate is in the past. done. winning a superbowl won’t change anything. you won’t be getting your draft picks back.

    goodell doesn’t care if the pats win the superbowl. he’ll hand the trophy to whoever wins.

    some how pats fans seem to think that if the patriots win the superbowl, it invalidates the cheating verdict. it doesn’t

    There was no cheating. Winning SB51 validates or invalidates nothing. Framegate was a lie from Gutless Mort’s first tweet to the Wells work of fiction. The only thing that continues to be validated is the intentional ignorance of framegate believers.

  29. Boom – Boom Boom Boom. Stay on it Florio, don’t bail under pressure. I want to see and hear you there, mike in hand, asking THE questions.

    Why did Goodell lie about the psi measurements?

    Why won’t he admit that even he now knows that pressure varies with temperature and their own data shows it?

    Why were the Giants given no penalty for exactly the same phenomenon?

  30. nevalha says:
    Jan 19, 2017 5:32 PM
    One reason I want the Patriots there is simply so Goodell can get upset worrying about whatever Tom E. Curran is going to embarrass him with at that conference. I hate Goodell because he and his staff have made me cynical about football, so now anything that helps tarnish him is fine by me.


    this captures everything perfectly, so I had to repost it. I don’t want the Patriots to win per se. I just want Roger to lose.

  31. backuppunter says:
    Jan 19, 2017 11:20 PM
    Everyone hating on Goodell. but you’re still watchin

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

    Haven’t watched a game all season, not because I’m a Patriots fan, but because I strongly believe the court case set a precedent that gave the Commissioner of the league, absurdly un-American powers over it’s workers. Where else is it legal to change the charges against someone during the appeals process, and then find them guilty with zero evidence (affirmed by the NFL’s own lawyer (Pash) in court)?

    You don’t have to be a Patriots fan, to understand that’s a horrific precedent to have set. Any player, can be railroaded, without evidence, for anything, and then the Commissioner can simply change the charges during the arbitration process to fall under the auspices of ‘Integrity of the Game’ and there goes any right to a fair or impartial hearing.

    Utterly disgraceful.

    That aside, even if I were to watch a game, I would use a free streaming service to ensure neither the NFL, or it’s ad partners received any positive numbers from me.

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