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This Given Sunday:
Roger Goodell takes a lot of heat for being stubborn and autocratic, but nobody considers that the NFL commissioner -- named by Sports Illustrated this week as the most powerful person in sports -- might actually just have a vision of football's future that is less arrogant than the majority of the game's supporters and participants.
I actually tend to believe that Goodell's heavy emphasis on changing the game, particularly when it comes to player safety, is actually an indication that he's modest about the future of America's most popular sport. He knows that boxing and many sports before it once owned the North American sports landscape, and he knows extinction is always a potential future scenario, especially when a sport is inherently violent.
Football is not too big to fail, and I think Goodell realizes that.
“If there’s any single reason for the incredible success of the NFL, it’s because we’ve never allowed ourselves to be complacent about a...
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During a speaking engagement at the University of North Carolina, Goodell said the NFL needs to adapt quickly to change if the league wanted to continue its success.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will continue to do ''everything we can'' to make football safer.
Goodell has talked a lot recently about player safety and he discussed it again Wednesday during a lecture and question-and-answer session at the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina.
He's calling for '...
With all of the stiff penalties that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handed out many fines to players for violent hits because he obviously he’s trying to make the game of football safer.
According to ESPN The Magazine’s Don Van Natta Jr., a close friend of Goodell’s told him that he’s terrified of an NFL player dying on the field.
“He’s terrified of it,”...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it his business to make the game of football a safer game for the players. With new emphasis on safety and fining players for hits deemed excessively rough, Goodell has done his best to make sure nothing tragic ever happens on the field.
But, football is a naturally violent game. And despite Goodell’s best efforts, there is always a chance...
When you play at the game of thrones you win or you die.
I’m not sure what S.I. is going for. Has Goodell slayed the competition to find his seat on the Iron Throne (or, in this case, the “Throne of Games”)? Is this wishful thinking because they heard that the kings who sit the throne are repeatedly cut by the blades from which it’s comprised? The thought of now calling Roger...
Jim Racalto Since taking office as NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell has put quite the emphasis on player safety. Some, including myself, have called this hypocritical because Goodell was pushing for an 18 game season. But whether or not his player safety campaign his a money-driven agenda or actually sincere, it doesn’t matter in light of his recent comments. Goodell recently...
How do I juggle all these balls?
Reports emerged this week of Roger Goodell admitting to friends that he was “terrified” that some day a player was going to die on the field due to the hard hitting nature of the sport. According to the NFL commissioner, the future of the game we love relies on changing it..
Roger has wasted very little time on his personal mission.During a speech...
A report says that Roger Goodell is terrified of a player dying in a game. It happened once in 1971, and thankfully hasn't happened since.
Just a few weeks after Sports Illustrated trolled NFL fans by putting together another cover featuring Ray Lewis trying to look beatific, SI is back to messing with us with its latest issue. Yes, that’s Roger Goodell on the cover, sitting on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones” because the magazine has decreed him thew most powerful person in sports. I suppose it’s foolish...
Roger Goodell is the commissioner of a sports league that pulls in billions of dollars in revenue every single year. He introduced a personal conduct policy for the league, he stands up to the players when he thinks they’ve done wrong, and he isn’t afraid to levy punishments where he sees fit. But the one thing Goodell reportedly is fearful of is a death occurring on the field...
In a lengthy and excellent Outside the Lines piece on Roger Goodell, an interesting, but buried, tid bit jumps out at us:
"In September the NBC Sports Network planned to run a piece produced by Sports Illustrated about spouses and caregivers of retired players. But in an email written a week before the piece was to air, a person involved in the production told a colleague...
SI produced Game of Thrones inspired cover for NFL boss.
Sports Illustrated has ranked the top 50 most powerful men and women in the world of sports, including Roger Goodell, David Stern and Michael Jordan.