Articles matching tag: NFL Commissioner
- Column: Players & Teams Rebel Against NFLOctober 27, 2016
Paradise may not be lost, but clearly all is not well at NFL central command. The league is facing a rebellion from within as both players and teams are pushing back against what they view as unnecessary meddling and interference from administrators drunk with power. Commissioner Roger Goodell and his minions have never been shy about exercising their authority over players, on and off the field. But this year it has instructed referees to go beyond the limits of sensibility to petty and oppressive levels by flagging players for celebratory gestures. According to ESPN, penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct were up by 56 per cent through the first month of the season and much of the increase was due to excessive celebrations.
- Column: Thoughts on Deflategate ReportMay 11, 2015
Thoughts and musings on the Wells Report and its aftermath. 1. Wells’ conclusion that it was “more probable than not” that low-level Patriots’ employees were playing fast and loose with the air pressure in the game balls used in this year’s AFC Championship game is typical NFLese. It’s the legal equivalent of the “preponderance of the evidence” used in civil cases. 2. The Report’s conclusion that Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the nefarious activity is more problematic. Throughout his career Brady has let it be known that he prefers footballs on the low end of the pressure scale allowed by the league. In an effort to please the star quarterback, it appears as if the employees took matters into their own hands and the result was right out of a Three Stooges playbook. If Brady suspected – or even if he knew - they were breaking the rules, was he obligated to snitch on them? If an umpire thinks a batter was hit by a pitch when he wasn’t, should the batter correct the umpire?
- Column: A Merciful End to The NFL SeasonFebruary 2, 2015
most popular and financially successful sports league. The popularity of the NFL is both a blessing and a curse. The league has experienced unprecedented financial success - approximately $10 billion a year in revenue, on track to the avowed goal of $25 billion a year within a decade. But there’s more to success than the bottom line on a financial statement. Along with that popularity comes the intense scrutiny of every move, including - and perhaps especially - every oversight and misstep. In that regard, Goodell may have had the most difficult and challenging job in sports during the past year. As the commissioner said during his annual Super Bowl confab with the media, "…it has been a tough year. It has been a tough year for me personally. It's been a year of I would say humility and learning…We obviously, as an organization, have gone through adversity. But more importantly, it's been adversity for me.” Boy was he right.
- Column: Roger Goodell on Thin IceSeptember 14, 2014
It’s tough to feel any sympathy towards someone who earns $44 million a year, gets free access to any sporting event on the planet, and presumably doesn’t have to wait in line to be seated at his favorite restaurant. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may be the exception to the rule. Goodell has spent the last eight years overseeing the slickest, most efficient, Teflon-coated sport in America. Regardless of the controversy - be it inconsistent and oftentimes arbitrary player discipline, ham-handed negotiations with the players’ union, or the billion dollar concussion lawsuit – there have always been two constants. Goodell has continued to line team owners’ pockets and he has been rewarded handsomely for his stewardship. League revenue will approach $10 billion this year, on track to achieve Goodell’s stated goal of $25 billion by 2025. No wonder owners have been steadfast in their support of the man who has suffered the slings and arrows of the players, Congress and the media.