NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the damage done to the league’s image by Monday night’s blown call in Seattle was outweighed by the significance of inking an eight-year deal with officials.
“You’re always worried about the short-term impact on your brand and the long-term impact,” Goodell said in a conference call with reporters. “Obviously this hasn’t been positive.”
Goodell was watching from home when the Green Bay Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks on a controversial Hail Mary pass, the culmination of a night of horrendous calls and noncalls that benefited both teams.
He did not characterize that game as the impetus that forced the league to get a deal done with the locked out officials, but acknowledged it “may have pushed the parties further along.” He said the league and officials have been engaged in “intensive negotiations” the past two weeks, culminating with the agreement reached late Wednesday night.