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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: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:27 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

compared to stern and selig, goodell is a genius.  that's why he gets an extention.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:27 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Why not just give Lord Goodell that title of commissioner for life? Kind of like being appointed on  the Supreme court or being the leader of North Korea. Face facts; Harvey Updyke could sit in the chair of NFL czar and the league wouldn't miss a beat.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:26 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!

Bring the kickoff point back a few yards.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:12 pm

Goodell will be around for long, long time

Great.  Five more years of heavyhanded tactics with guys that Goodell deems to be too rough or to have slightly violated his rules. 

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