Tag:Roger Goodell
Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:00 am

Issue of lockout doesn't bother rookies

Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed a roomful of draft picks during the annual NFL rookie symposium on Sunday night, and a little surprisingly, the topic of the potential lockout for 2011 never arose.

"I opened it up for questions, and there wasn't a question about that," Goodell told reporters after his presentation, which wasn’t open to the media.

It’s a tad surprising, because all these big names who will sign big-money contracts before heading to training camps next month stand to lose quite a bit if the NFL and the NFL Players Association can’t come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yeah, I can understand why a 22-year-old rookie would be a little intimidated to ask Goodell about a subject that’s a tad touchy, but out of 252 players who are at the symposium this week, you’d think at least one would have cleared his throat to ask about the possibility of losing their livelihood after this season.

As for the potential of labor talks with the NFL Players Association, there’s not much new for Goodell to report.

“There are really no developments of any significance,” Goodell said, as quoted on nfl.com . “There is talk: we had a meeting just last week. There'll be an agreement at some point. Everyone would like it sooner rather than later, whether it's the players, the owners or the fans. So I think it's important for us all to get down and get more productive dialogue. Sometimes these things don't happen until you get a little closer to the end (of the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires in March of 2011). That's just the reality."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 28, 2010 10:03 am

Goodell pondering QBs

It looks like Eagles QB Michael Vick is clear of any legal problems regarding the shooting that occurred during his birthday party last week. Commissioner Roger Goodell is another story.

According to Foxsports.com’s Alex Marvez , Goodell said he’s still gathering facts about the Vick shooting, and although the Virginia Beach police department has told the NFL that Vick is not a focus of the investigation, Goodell said, “Obviously, we’ve got to look and see whether there was any violation of policy.”

Goodell also said he’ll meet in the next couple weeks with Tennessee QB Vince Young, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly was involved in a fight at a strip club. According to Marvez, Goodell acknowledged that, for a first-time offender like Young, he’s unlikely to receive an NFL suspension.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:15 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 10:17 pm

The latest with Vick

Quite a bit of Michael Vick news floating out there today. Now, here are a couple more links to narrow the focus of who was with Vick for his birthday party at a Virginia Beach restaurant.

  • The Hampton Roads Daily Press wrote that Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall said, though he was advertised beforehand to be in attendance, he actually wasn’t there. Falcons WR Roddy White was with Vick – Vick actually picked him up from the airport – but White said they had already left the party before the shooting.

    "We were already gone by the time that stuff started happening, so I don't know what's going to go on with that or whatever, but we didn't have anything to do with it," White told the paper.

  • The Philadelphia Inquire r takes a look at how the NFL and the Eagles might respond to this incident. Vick knew his team and his league weren’t going to have much tolerance if he ever got in trouble again. And for now, he doesn’t appear to be in legal trouble. But that doesn’t always translate into an acquittal from the league.

    As Jeff McLane writes, “Vick has managed to avoid anything that could be labeled as erroneous since (Roger) Goodell's warning. However, his judgment in regards to the location of his party, the number of invitees – up to 300 people, according to various reports – and his allegedly coming in contact with (Quanis) Phillips could come into question. Vick isn't supposed to associate with anyone from dog fighting circles, according to his probation.”

  • More on Hall from Jason Reid of the Washington Post . Reid interviewed Hall on the phone, and Hall said he was on vacation and that he didn’t give permission for anyone to use his likeness to promote the party.

    --Josh Katzowitz

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  • Posted on: June 19, 2010 8:45 pm

    Goodell to attend Packers meeting

    Packers shareholders meetings are not unlike a giant Rotary Club meeting. A lot of business is discussed. Most of that business pertains to the people in the room, and most of the people in the room have little to no impact on that business. And, often, in the big scheme of things, the business has no impact on those people anyway. A lot of it is jut fo fun. Thus, the event - the shareholders meeting - can sometimes be boring.

    Not so this year. One of the men talking business will be NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He’ll be at Lambeau Field answering shareholders’ pre-submitted questions. Given the ongoing labor negotiations, Goodell has a very specific interest in the Packers in 2010. As the NFL’s only publicly owned team, the Packers are required to share their financial information.

    The NFLPA is challenging the other 31 teams to open their books and prove that money is as tight as they’re claiming. Of course, no team will oblige. Owners are hoping that a bleak financial report in Green Bay can be used as evidence that teams indeed need to share less revenue with players.

    The public meeting at Lambeau Field is scheduled for 11:00 am local time on July 29.

    --Andy Benoit

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