Found December 09, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The NFL has been accused in the past of trying to turn the game into flag football. Does it really want to now lend credence to that by getting rid of an exciting, but sometimes dangerous, part of the game? Reports have been flying this week that the NFL's competition committee would look at the possibility of eliminating kickoffs in the name of player safety. In a recent Time magazine piece, commissioner Roger Goodell discussed a kickoff proposal with Rich McKay, the head of the committee, that would allow the kicking team the option of having a fourth-and-15 from its own 30-yard line rather than engaging in a kickoff play. Are you kidding me? That's a ridiculous proposal. Goodell saw firsthand this weekend the impact that kickoffs have on games. While at MetLife Stadium, the commissioner watched the Giants earn a team record 287 yards on kickoff returns -- including a game-changing touchdown early against the Saints. With the game scoreless and New York driving, New Or...

All Saints players penalties vacated

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has vacated the suspensions and fines imposed upon Saints players as a result of the NFL's Bountygate investigation.

ESPN President John Skipper named most influential executive in sports

Today Sports Business Journal released their annual list of the most influential executives in sports and ESPN President John Skipper topped the list ahead of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: Those major pro sports commissioners may be in the news much more than a largely anonymous figure like John Skipper, but ESPN is worth more than all those major pro sports league....

If you eliminate kickoffs, then wouldn’t the elimination of punts be a must?

NFL Playoffs – Punt (Photo credit: ron.diel) Let’s fast forward to next year’s NFL season.  Imagine that it is December 15, 2013, it is week 15 and it is your team versus a division rival and this game implicates who goes to the playoffs.  Now the opposing team has just scored a touchdown and your team is down by six points with less than five seconds to go in the game. ...

Tags Rescinds Saints Punishments

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has wiped out punishments against the four players in the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" case. Tagliabue had been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the players' appeal in the case since it was perceived that Goodell could not be seen as a neutral party in any kind of punitive discussion. Tagliabue found that...

Paul Tagliabue Returns Some Semblance of Democracy to NFL With Ruling to Vindicate Saints Players

Since Paul Tagliabue retired as NFL commissioner in 2006, the league has undertaken the direction of something most closely compared to a dictatorship. Roger Goodell, who was chosen as Tagliabue’s successor, has had considerably more to deal with in his now six-year term as commissioner, but he’s also instituted much harsher and more stringent policies than ever before seen...

How Paul Tagliabue saved the NFL and players from themselves in Bountygate

  King Solomon solved a thorny legal question with a decision to split a baby in half. It was the stuff of Biblical legend. Retired NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue split the baby today by giving all sides in the New Orleans Saints Bountygate scandal a face-saving way to claim a win. Tagliabue deserves a paragraph when they re-edit Scripture. Current NFL Commissioner...

Breaking: Paul Tagliabue lifts all Saints player suspensions

Paul Tagliabue has lifted all suspensions related to the Saints bounty scandal. (Credit: Associated Press) Four players that played for the New Orleans Saints had been previously suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for their roles in the Saints pay-for-injury scandal led by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Now after fighting for a fair and open appeal, current Saints...

Tagliabue vacates penalties

Paul Tagliabue affirmed the findings of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the league's investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program, but vacated all discipline issued to players who were punished, league spokesman Greg Aiello announced on Twitter. As a result, the suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland Browns linebacker...

A victory for the players: Tagliabue vacates all player discipline in NFL bounty case

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has issued a ruling regarding the the player suspension appeals in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case. After current commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from the situation, Tagliabue maintained that the League’s findings against Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma were factual but rescinded the suspensions set fourth upon [...]
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