Posted March 27, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell is working with the NFLPA as punishment is determined for players involved in the Saints’ “Bountygate.” The commissioner would like to make a ruling “as soon as reasonable.”

Goodell Gets It Right

Roger Goodell has taken a lot of heat over the course of his commissionership of the NFL. Players are outraged by his unilateral power in matters of discipline, and fans have taken umbrage at the many rules he has instituted in the name of player safety. Last week, he combined both of those elements in hammering the New Orleans Saints for their now-infamous bounty program. While...

Commissioner Roger Goodell Should Shoot Down Possible Sean Payton Appeal for 'Bountygate' Crimes, Cover-Up

The New Orleans Saints' "Bountygate" scandal has been an ugly moment for the National Football League. The discovery of monetary incentives to try and knock players out of games was met with harsh reactions and an even harsher penalty for the Saints. Head coach Sean Payton is gone for a year. His assistant and possible replacement Joe Vitt has been suspended for six...

THIS WEEK IN HOCKEY: On Roger Goodell, Bounty-gate, Peter DeBoer, and our Hockey Image

This Week in Hockey is a weekly column in which assistant blogger Michael Spinner (@MichaelSpinner) shares and discusses the major storylines in the National Hockey League from the past week. It was not too long ago when one of the biggest allures of professional sports was the image that the world-class athlete was somehow less mortal than the rest of us. Particularly in sports...

18-Game Schedule Gone by Wayside?

What a difference a year makes, huh? Last year at this time, the NFL was two weeks into lockout mode, but commissioner Roger Goodell was still pushing hard his personal agenda for an 18-game regular-season schedule.

NFL overtime format gets face-lift

The NFL's traditional "sudden death" overtime format died a sudden death Wednesday at the league's annual owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. NFL owners voted to adopt the same overtime rules for the regular season that are used for the postseason. The team that loses the overtime coin toss is now guaranteed a possession provided the club that won the toss doesn...

Roger Goodell: Shockey isn't the whistleblower

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Ike Taylor wonders if knee injuries will increase as head injuries decrease

The more fines and suspensions Roger Goodell hands out over head shots, the clearer his message becomes. Players may not like it, but helmet-to-helmet hits are no longer tolerated in the NFL. Neither is launching yourself at an opponent, leading with the crown of your helmet, hitting a defenseless receiver, or touching a quarterback’s head. That’s the way it is and that’s the...

Postseason OT adopted for NFL regular season

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- NFL owners passed the playoff overtime rule for the regular season Wednesday. All games that go to overtime now can't end on a field goal on the first possession. The opposing team must get one series, and if it also kicks a field goal, the extra period continues. Of course, if it fails to score it loses and if it gets a touchdown, it wins. The rule...

Sean Payton given until April 2 to appeal Year-Long Suspension

Suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will be given until April 2 to appeal the one-year suspension he received for his role in football’s Bountygate. Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, said on March 26 that Payton will have the opportunity to appeal his ban if he chooses. However, most football insiders feel Payton will take his $8 million salary loss and sit out...
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