The decision on the appeal made by Saints coach Sean Payton to Roger Goodell to reduce his year-long suspension likely will be made by the end of this week, Goodell told CNBC Monday morning.
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The chances of Goodell reducing the suspension seem rather unlikely, considering Goodell was the one who did the punishing in the first place. As CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote, the appeal is more about delaying the inevitable than trying to change Goodell's mind.
“Payton, I'm told, is hoping to use the suspension to get clarity on the rules governing what is and isn't allowed regarding contact between Payton and the Saints,” Freeman wrote. “Payton is not allowed to coach the team but Payton wants to know exactly what he can do. But Payton is actually using the suspension for another purpose. It's a delay tactic, the old four corners.”
Win or lose, though, Payton has the support of his team -- and of Jimmy Buffett apparently.
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