Found October 21, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue may be challenged by the union as the arbiter in the appeals on the league's bounty case, reported Sunday. Tagliabue was selected by current Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose rulings in the case were struck down by a federal magistrate judge in New Orleans. Goodell has recused himself from the bounty appeals process of four New Orleans Saints players involved in the scandal. ProFootballTalk said the Players Association was not consulted by Goodell before he made the change, which is required in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. And Tagliabue may have a conflict of interest because his law firm has been representing the league in bounty-related matters. Also, the report said the NFLPA could decide to call Tagliabue as a witness to in the hearings, which also would disqualify him from the proceedings. ESPN rekindled last week of a report of a "Smash for Cash" program the network exami...

Goodell talks safety in youth sports

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Goodell: NFL could drop Pro Bowl

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Roger Goodell to step down as NFL Commissioner, Tagliabue back in

Tweet Per NFLPA executive Director DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell has stepped down as NFL commissioner and will be replaced by former commish Paul Tagliabue: I have been in touch with Roger. He has formally notified me that he will recused himself. Paul Tagliabue will step in. — DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) October 19, 2012 Goodell has fallen [...]

Roger Goodell Considering Doing Away With the Pro Bowl


Roger Goodell steps aside in bounty appeal case; appoints Paul Tagliabue

Tagliabue appointed to hear appeals

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, to hear the appeals of four players suspended in the Saints bounties scandal. Goodell says Friday that he notified Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove, as well as the players' union, that Tagliabue would be the hearing officer to ''decide the appeals and bring the...

'Whistleblower' lineman calls Goodell a liar

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DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell TALK and all mankind may be saved

I could be making too much of a simple tweet, but I'm a blogger. It's what bloggers do. NFL PA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith tweets that he talked to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. WHAT? I have been in touch with Roger. He has formally notified me that he will recused himself. Paul Tagliabue will step in. — DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) October 19...

Players oppose Tagliabue stepping in

The players' union opposes former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue hearing the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case. In a statement Wednesday, the NFL Players Association said it will file a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans later in the day asking Tagliabue to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest. Commissioner Roger Goodell...

NFLPA questions Whites 1996 smash-for-cash

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