NFL’s Goodell seeks to look to future
PHOENIX (AP) As if wishing made it so, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell described his league and himself
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"As an organization, and as an individual, it’s been a tough year," Goodell said Friday during his pre Super Bowl news conference, "but a year of great progress, and I’m excited about the future."
Nearing the end of a season he acknowledged was filled with "plenty of challenges," Goodell was asked whether he thought he deserved a pay cut "That’s up to the owners," he replied and whether he could envision resigning or being fired.
"No, I can’t. Does that surprise you?" Goodell said. "We’ve all done a lot of soul searching, beginning with yours truly. And we have taken action."
Goodell brushed aside a question about whether there are conflict of interest problems with paying those who head up "independent" investigations, such as into the league’s handling of the Ray Rice case or the ongoing look at the New England Patriots’ use of deflated footballs in the AFC title game.
"We have had people who have had uncompromising integrity" run those inquiries, Goodell said. Then, speaking directly to the reporter, he added: "Somebody has to pay them unless you’re volunteering, which I don’t think you are."
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That and other domestic violence cases led the league to design a new personal conduct policy, which was approved unanimously by owners but has been criticized by the players’ union.
"We’ve made enormous progress," Goodell said Friday. "We’re in a good place."
On the main topic of conversation heading into Super Bowl week the deflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Goodell said: "Whether a competitive advantage was actually gained or not is secondary in my mind to whether that rule was violated."
A resolution will not come until after the Super Bowl.
"We don’t know enough in this investigation to know who was responsible or whether there was even an infraction," Goodell said.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said he expects the investigation to determine his team did nothing wrong and he expects an apology from the NFL. Kraft did not attend Friday’s news conference.
Another issue that won’t be resolved until after the season’s final game, Goodell said, is whether Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will be fined for refusing to answer any questions at required media sessions this week. The NFL
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"I understand it may not be on the top of his list," Goodell said, "but everyone else is cooperating, everyone else is doing their part."
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The NFL hasn’t yet zeroed in on a specific team
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The Rams, Chargers and Raiders are candidates to move to the country’s second largest city, which has been without a team since the 1994 season.
A company with ties to Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased a site 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles and has announced plans to build a stadium there.
Goodell said the league’s main priority is keeping teams where they are.
"We know there are teams interested (in moving) but they’re trying to work their issues out," Goodell said.
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The league will take a look at possibly expanding instant replay reviews to include whether a penalty was committed and consider rotating officiating crews during the regular season. Crews currently work together all season long.
Adding more playoff teams is also on the table, but there are concerns, including "the risk of diluting our regular season and conflicting with college football in January."Articles Connexesi?s