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Goodell talks conduct policy, replacements

Posted on: March 22, 2011 5:46 pm
Goodell Posted by Josh Katzowitz

To wrap up the owners meetings in New Orleans, commissioner Roger Goodell took to the podium to meet with the media this afternoon, and it was mostly what you’d expect.

He pushed the whole “let’s return to the negotiating table, because we’re not going to solve the labor dispute in litigation” thing.

He said he sent last week’s letter to the players because he wanted them to know the deal the NFLPA denied before walking out of negotiations. He also said the owners are still planning for a full 2011 season.

Pretty typical Goodell stuff.

But there were a couple of interesting answers he gave in response to interesting questions that we’ll highlight here.

- Hopefully, you remember that we wrote about how the NFL still planned to enforce the personal conduct policy despite the fact they’re locking out the players.’s Alex Marvez even quoted NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy saying, “While players won't be able to get the benefit of our evaluation and counseling program during the work stoppage, the personal conduct of players and employees is an integrity-of-the-game issue. Any misconduct that is detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL will certainly be addressed when play resumes."

When Goodell was asked about how he could justify that decision, Goodell played it like he had no idea what the questioner was talking about. Later, though, he responded to a follow up question.

“It’s a hypothetical,” Goodell said. “The personal conduct policy continues. It applies to everybody in the league. I don’t know how it would apply to the players in this circumstance. But this is something we feel strongly about. It’s important to the league and to the fans.”

- On what Goodell thought about 31 of the 32 teams in the league demanding fans pay their season ticket deposits even though there’s a work stoppage (the Giants are the only team not doing it).

Goodell said he saw it as a positive sign (as, I’m sure, do the owners).

“It’s simple,” he said. “We’re planning on playing the season”

- There have been some rumblings that the owners might be looking at replacement players if a new CBA isn’t reached. Goodell said there have been no discussions or consideration given for replacement players (which means Keanu Reeves is totally bummed).

Said Goodell: “That’s not in our plans.”

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Goodell talks conduct policy, replacements

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Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2011 11:27 am

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Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Goodell talks conduct policy, replacements

Open letter to Leonard Weaver (slaves comment).  Eff you.  "Who's going to take care of my family?"  Buy a VW instead of an Escalade and put the rest of the money in an account for your kids instead.  Gold chains aren't doing your family any good either.  If you're so worried about your after football life stay in school.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 2:55 pm

Goodell talks conduct policy, replacements

As a 50 year old, I have been a lover of the NFL since the 60's.  I am actually surprised that I am willing to alter my fall Sunday routine.  OK, no fantasy football, even though I have done that for 20 years.  I can use the money I put on that and the occassional trip to the stadium for something else...perhaps something more productive?  

Maybe my golf game...maybe score some extra points with my family (even my mother-in-law)...or maybe get something done on a Sunday afternoon.  

The bottom line is that I have had enough, as well as many others.  I now refuse to give in to all these greedy mega rich people.  Maybe I really started thinking about this last January when I couldn't get into Ford Field in Detroit to see the battle of the basement between the Lions and Vikings.  Even the scalper wanted no less than $70 for nosebleed seats.  Seriously?????

Some of us will miss the game in September, but the reality is that other things in life are far more important.  An $8 beer at the stadium will not be missed.  I know of a sports bar close to my house that has $2 pint specials.  I'll go there after 9 or 18 holes and enjoy what is on the TVs there.

It is that simple...Althought the NFL is a huge part of American culture, the American people have to make a choice between compromising their budgets and prioritizing their lives.  Enough is enough.    &nbs

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 23, 2011 2:04 pm

Goodell talks conduct policy, replacements

No replacement players but how about a replacement league with new owners?

Get rid of the NFL.

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:56 am

Goodell talks conduct policy, replacements

Bring in the

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