Originally posted on Bears Claws  |  Last updated 5/11/11

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, set to enter his fifth season at the helm of sport’s most powerful and followed league, talks a good game when discussions of the league’s lockout come up. At recent season-ticket holder conference calls and fan events, he expresses frustration and agrees the two sides should be talking. But the enthusiastic leader, who earned high marks for instilling renewed disciplinary guidelines and “protecting the shield”, is beginning to get a black eye for his rudderless direction in the ongoing labor war. Goodell’s pleas of renewing talks and frustration ring hollow as the pall over the sport begins to engulf even hard-core fans. As the calendar slips into late May and early June, no respite is on the horizon. With the draft concluded and no free agency to discuss, football activity has reached life support. The only “news” surrounds upcoming court cases in Minneapolis (TV money ruling) and St. Louis (permanent stay of lockout). Goodell’s predecessor, th...
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