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Goodell will be around for long, long time

Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 12:49 pm
Roger Goodell should get a five-year extension. In fact, he should get an extension for life. The only way he's leaving his job is when he ... and only he  ... decides it's time to go.

Of course, I'm being flippant, but the reality is that Goodell just proved why he's qualified to be NFL commissioner. He faced the biggest hurdle of his tenure and navigated it deftly.

I'm talking, of course, about the lockout that ended in late July with a 10-year CBA. Goodell held firm when critics said he could not or must not, and stared down the opposition -- first winning in court before winning at the bargaining table.

I know, I know, both sides claimed victory, but look at the new TV contracts and tell me who's the winner there: Anyone who owns an NFL club.

Sure, there are residual effects, with veterans getting more money than ever and training camps, offseason activities and in-season practices more player-friendly. But it's NFL owners who stand to reap the greatest rewards of the new deal -- especially with no opt-out clause.

Goodell and NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith seem to have forged a relationship that, though not as close as the Paul Tagliabue-Gene Upshaw friendship, should benefit the league for the forseeable future. Already we're seeing that the NFL is doing better than ever, with TV viewership and public interest at record levels.

If you don't believe me look at the average sold ticket price for Super Bowl XLVI on the NFL Ticket Exchange. It's $4,272.

All I know is that when Goodell was tested he responded, and he responded so effectively and so decisively that owners are satisfied with his performance. So getting a five-year extension is not a big deal. Goodell will be around for a long, long time ... as long, I suspect, as he wants to stay.

Category: NFL

Since: May 8, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:01 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

4200 bucks for a ticket! I mean damn i am a huge Giant fan but are you kidding me. And you know thats old guys on the Visa commercial that said they havent missed a super bowl since for whatever ago. Look it up on google. Its these four old guys that have been going to the super bowl for 20 something 30 something years. I wonder what the expense report is on that one. They must of sure cashed in on retirement when it was at its highest. Shhh. twitter @paddywalsh21

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:25 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Goodell is a hypocrite for the money. If he really cared about player safety he wouldn't do the 18 game schedule or a team in London. Just make it seem like you are trying to avoid a suit. 

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:58 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Just because Goddell averted a long lockout does not make him a success. He is all about money and growing the league, the quicker the better. If he had his way, we'd have an 18 game season, yet we are to believe he cares about the player's health. And speaking of player health, I understand the need to do something about concussions, but under Goddell's leadership the game has become a shell of its' former ferocity. Defenses are playing with one hand tied behind their back and offenses are like circus acts. Quarterbacks will be wearing flags on their waists in a few years. That is NOT football. He is despised by the players and the owners love him; shouldn't he be considered neutral? An unofficial arbiter? And once he forces his hand and the NFL goes international, he will go down as the worst commissioner in the Super Bowl era. The logistics are impossible. And the reason the sales of tickets are so high is because you have two cities with huge populations AND an abundance of wealthy people. How is the price of beans in Zimbabwe considered a machination of Goddell's savvy skill? Oh, and PS: Since I dropped 4 points simply trying to tell you twice, correcting two of your articles Clark, I'll tell you again: Big Ben was never a SB MVP. Mmmmkay? And the NFL is so popular right now that a monkey could be commissioner and score props for all the cash coming in.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:54 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

I like Goodell.

He might be the only commissioner not to be boo'd whenever he shows his face at a venue.

Still though.  Everyone has their limits.  His time will come, but for now, let it roll!
Which is odd that NHL fans do this, because Gary Bettman is now the best commissioner in sports. Sure, it took the presence of Dumb (Goodell), Dumber (Selig) and Dumbest (Stern) to achieve that, but Bettman still holds the title.

Can't spell Goodell without God. He should be commish from beyond the grave.
Yeah, if you misspell Goodell, and he hasn't been that either.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:34 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Can't spell Goodell without God. He should be commish from beyond the grave. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:14 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

compared to stern and selig, goodell is a genius.
That's only because he hasn't been able to pass the 18 game season and hasn't gotten a team in London yet.  Those two things happen and the league probably begins its descent.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:10 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Is he still going to get paid $1??

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:47 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Nail on the head...doesn't matter what the average fan thinks of the game or the ever changing strange rules infractions, the owners are making their money and its all because of Godell. Huge TV contracts and a no-out 10 year agreement with a union is unheard of...UAW guys are shaking in their dungy coveralls. We may not like 95% of kick-offs going through the end zone or creating untouchable god-like creatures (otherwise known as QBs) but the guy got the job done for his boss.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:50 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Initially I was very happy to see Goodell's handling of "problem" players, sending a strong message that inappropriate behavior won't be tolerated.  Now, it seems, his forces are on the lookout during every play for something that might resemble football. Don't hit anyone too hard, and don't hit quarterbacks ever. Don't celebrate a touchdown any any way that might offend anyone at any time.  In fact, for simplicity's sake, don't celibrate, and for the Love of God, don't you dare wear shoelaces of a different color, or he'll have to come down there and............................

This comment has been interrupted by the NFL and it's quality content reviewal committee.  This poster has been informed that his post is not in accordance with league rules for 2nd tier fans... i.e. fans without season tickets.  He has officially apologized and recognizes that Roger Goodell loves football and all true fans, and is further the glory of the NFL. Thank you for you continued patronage and interest in our honorable sport.  That is all. 

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:48 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

If the moronic God-dell is going to around for a very long time as commissioner of the NFL...then the NFL will stand for "Not For Long" because of his idiotic rulings, illegal suspensions, and over zealous fines against teams he does not favor.  I will leave it  to the readers to pick out the teams he favors and those who he is trying to throttle.

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