Here's the run down of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's press conference ...
- He began by calling the NFL an "unpredictable" league, saying that as a good thing. Of course, no one knows that better than the Fantasy Football playing public. It's part of the reason why we play and why we watch football.
- He expects 75 percent of the NFL's franchises to not raise ticket prices in 2009, citing the economy.
- On the topic of the relationship between the NFL and the Canadian Football League (CFL), Goodell pointed out that the CFL told the NFL they didn't want to have a strengthed relationship, but the NFL is always willing to talk with the CFL about any kind of agreement. Goodell considered the Toronto games a great success.
- Goodell made some news by announcing that the league is looking into having Super Bowl L, the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, in Los Angeles, where it all began at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And that's whether or not the NFL has a franchise in Los Angeles. I think that's pretty cool.
- The NFL will keep its blackout policy in spite of the tough economic times. I predict a record number of blackouts this year, especially in Detroit and Oakland, and possibly St. Louis and Buffalo.
- Goodell all but dismissed the idea of two NFL teams in Chicago (which is smart since NO ONE in Chicago would betray the Bears for some expansion club).
- A London reporter cited a league source that the NFL could have a franchise in London in 10 years. Goodell didn't seem to like that, asking twice for the source's name (albeit in a joking manner).
- The NFL wants the Vikings to remain in Minnesota, but "they need a new stadium" to do so. Their lease at the Metrodome is expiring soon.
- The NFL also wants the Saints to remain in New Orleans, but their deal with the state of Louisiana is expiring. Goodell thinks that if the Superdome can show it is a first-class stadium, they can get a Super Bowl in the early 2010s.
- Goodell doesn't anticipate a change to the OT rule, noting that the percentage of teams winning on the first possession of OT winning 47 percent of the time, up from 30 percent back in the day.
- Goodell confirmed a $123 million salary cap in 2009.
- No one asked Goodell about the potential changes to the NFL schedule, preseason or regular season.
After the press conference, Goodell said more on NFL Network:
- Goodell is confident that there will be no work stoppage in 2011, essentially saying that the league and its players have a good thing going and that everyone recognizes that.
- On the topic of Michael Vick, Goodell said he won't consider any action on Vick until all of his legal woes are behind him. From there, he wants Vick to show remorse for his actions -- not just to him and the NFL, but to the world. Vick has to figure out a way to turn this huge negative into a positive. If that happens, Goodell will begin reconsidering him.