Roger Goodell is expected to “read the riot act” to owners next week in Minnesota, about tampering and tanking

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Rob Walton and Greg Penner may be having second thoughts about what they’re about to get themselves into.

When the league’s owners meet next week in Minnesota to approve the purchase of the Broncos by the Wal-Mart heir and his son-in-law, Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to “read the riot act” to all owners regarding tampering and tanking, in the aftermath of the suspension imposed Tuesday on Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

As previously mentioned, the league gave Ross a pass on tanking, even though he apparently engaged in at least attempted tanking. Per the source, Goodell regards the issue as being very important, given the legalization of sports wagering. The next person who does it, if there is one, will get it a lot worse, the source predicts.

Ross should have gotten it a lot worse, frankly. He tried to tank. He did precisely what a multi-billionaire would do to send a message to those who hope to continue working for him, without having to actually order the proverbial code red. (Also known as the favorite phrase of Myles Simmons: “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”)  And, because Flores not only refused to go along but also documented the owner’s efforts to pressure him to lose games in order to win improved draft position, Flores became persona non grata.

The source also predicted that the league will be much more rigorous on tampering. The problem with tampering is that the NFL lacks the resources to properly enforce the rules. It happens all the time, for that very reason. And it’s easy to think Ross wouldn’t have been scrutinized for it at all if the league weren’t already poking around on the tanking issue.

Thus, if the league tries to scare teams straight as to tampering, it likely won’t last for long. And folks will be more careful about it, more discreet. In time, it’ll go back to being rampant and reckless.

63 responses to “Roger Goodell is expected to “read the riot act” to owners next week in Minnesota, about tampering and tanking

  1. Why didn’t he take the head off the entire organization, you know, ‘to send a message’ just like he did with bounties? Seems a slap on the hand sends precisely the wrong message, no matter what he says after the fact.

  2. How about the teams that don’t make the playoffs get entered into a draft lottery? But unlike the NBA, all have an equal chance to get any draft spot from 1-18.

    No motivation to tank then.

  3. I’ve never seen anyone fail as completely at anything as Goodell has running this league. It’s like having an arsonist run the local fire department.

  4. That’ll show em Rogie! Ross cheated and compromised the integrity of the sport by asking a coach to do worse, to even hurt his own coach’s future resume.

    Isn’t that nice.

  5. The employee is going to “read the riot act” to his billionaire bosses?

    I don’t think that’s how it works.

  6. The problem all the owners have now is they are taking Vegas money. Integrity went from important to essential. The “riot act” really means now that if they all don’t want to end up in jail they better uphold the integrity of the game. They didn’t have to take the gambling money, but they wanted it, so here they are.

  7. “You guys better straighten up!”

    Oh, and can I take a personal day tomorrow?

  8. Roger reports to the owners, not the other way around. They’ll have a good laugh here.

  9. How about 42 counts of sexual misconduct and dodging congressional subpoenas? My guess is Snyder won’t be present.

  10. weepingjebus says:
    August 2, 2022 at 2:59 pm
    I’ve never seen anyone fail as completely at anything as Goodell has running this league. It’s like having an arsonist run the local fire department.

    ———-

    In every measurable way the owners care about, Goodell has been far and away the most successful commissioner in the history of the NFL. It’s never been more popular and the owners have never made more money. Team values have gone up about 25 times since the mid 90s.

    He may come across as incompetent with stories like this, but don’t be fooled. Every single story is creating interest and contributing to the NFL soap opera. It’s all generating revenue. The NFL is the ultimate reality TV and it’s a license to print money.

  11. Tampering is a credibility of the game issue and deserves at least a whole season penalty like a player gambling on football.

  12. SMU DEATH PENALTY TYPE OF STUFF?!

    Poor fans of the browns, Lions, my wife’s bears, cardinals, and the jets

  13. Simple. Stop rewarding teams for being bad. Since the NFL has a salary cap, just have a rotational draft where they rotate the draft order every year. Each team would get the first pick every 32 years. It’s a lot more fair than the current system. And we Packer owners would not complain because we never tank!

  14. How can an employee tell his bosses what to do? They can fire him or nor renew his contract. Teams have been tampering and tanking for years. Look at the Rams with Stafford. They got a pass cause the NFL needed a winner in LA. Chargers are next to have success.

  15. Isn’t that like me chewing out my boss at work for coming in late to work? I mean It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. The NFL is a mess right now and they don’t even know it themselves. They are too worried about new NFL Ticket contract and European games and not the in-house issues.

  16. As it pertains to sports wagering, teams in many sports unofficially “tank” every year. This wouldn’t come as a surprise to a gambler. Especially in a situation, like the 2019 Dolphins, where a team trades away a bunch of valuable players for future draft picks. Everybody already knows that team is tearing it down and rebuilding.

  17. I like how they have used the word “unprecedented” to describe the lengths to which the Dolphins went with their tampering, however, the punishment was FAR short of unprecedented. Should have taken their draft from them next spring, every pick. That would have sent a message. Or atleast multiple firsts. You know, unprecedented punishment to go with their unprecedented scheming.

  18. I’d like to see Jerruh Jones’ facelifts pop as he hears Goodhell lay down the law.

  19. Should take a page out of the usfls book. The team with the most wins of the losing team gets the number one pick

  20. “…..no tampering or tanking boys 😉 ;-)”

    There!!!! I just save everyone the time and effort of what’s going to be said……

  21. Not a huge soccer fan, but I like the relegation rule they have in the Premier league. With football If an NFL team misses the playoffs or has a losing record for a certain number of year they are forced to sell. It would help maintain integrity and give fans some hope if the their teams owners are morons.

  22. I don’t feel that tampering should even matter. It’s like this – Hey Tom I want you to come play for me next year when your contract expires what do you think? Tom – Yea I’ll think about it…. Now if they call goes like this – Hey Tom lose intentionally and come play here – Well then now we have a problem. How does telling a guy you’re interested in him affect his current status with his current team if he’s a professional? He either likes his current team or he doesn’t. Same with a coach. Hey Sean we’ll pay you more money to come here and coach. Dean says no I’m happy where I’m at, or he says I’ll think about it, but once again why does it matter? He’s still gotta do his job, and who wants to lose? Well other than Steven Ross anyway

  23. So Goodell is going to read the riot act to his bosses. That should work out well.

  24. “Goodell regards the issue as being very important, given the legalization of sports wagering.” There it is fellas–Only the gambling houses get to decide who wins or loses

  25. Goodell works for the owners, not the other way around. You can bet he’ll choose his words very carefully.

  26. The NFL owners have a problem that can only be solved by establishing harsher penalties against NFL owners.

    The solution will be to say its not really a problem.

  27. Goodell isn’t going to read the riot act to anyone. It will be tough enough for him to speak with his lips still firmly attached to the owners asses.

  28. If Goodell has the authority to suspend an owner, he has the authority to bark at them. It would seem more appropriate, however, to be barking at the two owners who are the problem and not the 39 who those two are embarrassing.too bad neither of them will be present.

  29. I’m the nhl, nba and mlb tanking happens all the time. And, it’s way more obvious. It’s called the trade deadline where some become buyers others become sellers. Geez

  30. All bark and no bite. Goodell’s a joke and ‘protect the shield’ is about as fake as it comes

  31. “How about the teams that don’t make the playoffs get entered into a draft lottery? But unlike the NBA, all have an equal chance to get any draft spot from 1-18.

    No motivation to tank then.”

    The NFL is way better at avoiding tanking than the NBA in the first place. And I’d rather a team that barely miss the playoffs not get the #1 pick.

  32. May be an excellent time to serve the subpoena on Little Danny Snyder, if he shows his face in person.

  33. How about the teams that don’t make the playoffs get entered into a draft lottery? But unlike the NBA, all have an equal chance to get any draft spot from 1-18.

    ——————–
    Do you remember back in 2008 where the Patriots won 11 games and missed the playoffs and the 8-8 Chargers “won” the AFC West? If there was a draft lottery back then and the Patriots won the number one pick, it would create conspiracy theories that would last years, perhaps decades.

  34. What exactly does suspending an owner mean?
    Coaches coach
    Players play.
    What does the owner do except cut a bunch of checks while watching his own bankroll inflate.
    So what exactly is his punishment? Suspension with pay is actually called a Vacation

  35. Integrity of the game IS important
    Same reason all fantasy football folks HATE IT when a team abandons their team and tanks. It’s helping the other teams unfairly it it turns people off.
    If we found out the NFL was in fact scripted, a ton of people would stop watching. I know I would

  36. Yeah right like Roger Goodell is going to stop any NFL owner from tampering. They’ll probably croak from laughing so hard.

  37. Goodell will state he is working to increase revenues and appease the fans re morality. The owners response will be, revenues keep going up despite our actions. We will keep doing what we want. I am part of the problem until I close my wallet.

  38. It’s amazing they need only the thinnest layer of obfuscation to dupe the public.

  39. Tampering goes on no matter what. Flores just threw Miami under the bus for his poor coaching and firing. The big thing here really is Flores was proven to be a liar in every aspect of the tanking accusations. Then has the nerve to give a press conference acting as if the investigation proved he was right. It explicitly pointed out that he was 100% wrong and no tanking of any sort happened or was expected.

  40. Due to the hierarchy of the organizational chart of the NFL, the owners should start holding one another accountable and not just sit back in their padded leather chairs counting stacks of cash. If they did, Snyder would be gone. A rat among rats withholding money from the other rats is the worst offense amongst the rats.

  41. So what? Roger, let us remind you. You work for us and we appreciate your concern but just shut up and sit down. Now can we finish our Wagyu steaks. Uh boy, a bit more of Dom Perignon please.

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