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September 25, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Roger Goodell is hearing from disgruntled NFL fans Tuesday morning, thanks at least in part to a Wisconsin state senator who tweeted the commissioner's office phone number after the Green Bay Packers apparently were robbed of a victory by replacement officials on "Monday Night Football. " Jon Erpenbach, a Democrat who has represented the 27th Senate District since 1999, posted a series of messages via Twitter after the chaotic ending to Seattle's 14-12 victory over the Packers, during which Seahawks' receiver Golden Tate was award a touchdown catch on the final play of the game even though Green Bay defender M.D. Jennings appeared to have a clear interception of the pass in the end zone.
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March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
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August 25, 2009 | SAM FARMER
Are you ready for some football? Not as ready as Roger Goodell is, trust me. You might tire of all the non-football NFL news of the last several weeks, but at least you're not living it. The commissioner must long for the days when "Cable fight" meant trying to get the NFL Network in more households, not trying to pry apart Oakland Raiders coaches. Goodell is fond of saying the NFL is the "ultimate reality show," and who can argue? Not with every other story having to do with Michael Vick coming back, Plaxico Burress going away and Brett Favre doing a little of both.
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February 20, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - A scant three weeks into the off-season, the NFL is dealing with three public relations infernos, two involving current players. There's the Miami Dolphins bullying saga, chronicled in a just-released investigation that pulled back the curtain on the team's toxic locker room culture. The Dolphins have fired their offensive line coach and longtime trainer, and player suspensions could be in the works. There's the arrest of retired Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper, most recently an NFL Network analyst, on charges that he drugged and raped two women.
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August 17, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
Did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decide that players allegedly involved in the Saints' bounty pool were guilty even before all the facts from the league's investigation were in? That's what the NFL Players Assn. alleges in a court filing Friday that disputes Goodell's sworn statement that he was prepared to issue punishments to players in March, but waited until May as a courtesy to the union. The documents filed Friday include sworn statements by New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita -- one of four players issued punishments by the NFL for their alleged role in the bounty pool -- that Goodell talked about issuing punishments to players in March before the league's investigation into the scandal was complete.
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March 22, 2012 | By Mike James
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell couldn't have sent a clearer two-pronged message on Wednesday with his harsh but justified treatment of the New Orleans Saints and Coach Sean Payton. The bottom line: The NFL is going to come down hard when it learns that players are trying to injure other players, and the league is going to maximize that punishment if you're caught and then lie about it, as Payton and the Saints did. There will be more penalties coming as the league's investigation digs down to the individual player level.
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February 3, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Although President Obama said he'd have to "think long and hard" about letting a son play football, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he'd have no reservations about letting a son play the game. Now, neither the president nor the commissioner has a son. They each have two daughters. But with the recent focus on violence and safety in football, the issue has been at the forefront of the national conversation. “I couldn't be more optimistic about it because the game of football has always evolved,” Goodell said Sunday.
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July 10, 2009 | Sam Farmer
In the end, for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, climbing Mt. Rainier was every bit as hard as he thought it would be. And much more. Goodell, who made it to the summit of the 14,411-foot peak Wednesday morning, called the accomplishment the most difficult "physical, emotional and probably mental" challenge of his life. He said he gave serious consideration to giving up just into the middle-of-the-night, 4,000-foot, final push from base camp to the top.
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September 27, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
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.
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October 1, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Turns out Roger Goodell is the evil mastermind behind the blackout at the Super Dome that caused a 34-minute delay in Super Bowl XLVII in February. So implies Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs in an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters as part of its "E:60" magazine series. “I thought he had a hand in it," Suggs said of the NFL commissioner. "Most definitely, he had a hand in it. " The Ravens had pulled to a 28-6 lead over the San Francisco 49ers early in the third quarter when the power outage occurred, causing the unprecedented delay.
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January 31, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Sam Farmer
  NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the league is working to persuade a federal judge that a proposed $765-million concussion settlement will work the way it was intended. "The No. 1 thing for us right now is to get the money in place so that we can help the players and their families if they need it, and that is our priority," Goodell said during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference, which was held at a midtown theater. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody this month denied preliminary approval of the proposed settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 retired players because of concerns the money will be insufficient over the life of the deal.
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January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
  NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that just because Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, recently purchased 60 acres adjacent to Hollywood Park, it doesn't mean Kroenke plans to relocate the Rams to the Los Angeles area. "Stan is a very large developer on a global basis; he has land throughout the country and throughout the world," Goodell said at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. "He has kept us informed of it. We're aware of it. There are no plans, to my knowledge, of a stadium development.
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November 13, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The New England Patriots weren't the only team to video an opponent's hand signals. But the Patriots paid the price for Spygate. The New Orleans Saints didn't invent the concept of paying cash bonuses for huge hits. But Bountygate set that franchise back in a big way. When it comes to identifying bad behavior and treating it like a rogue incident that needs to be stamped out - as opposed to a practice that's commonplace all over the league - no one is more effective than the NFL. This does not bode well for suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, who could wind up being cast as the lone rotten apple in a barrel filled with shiny red ones.
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October 1, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Turns out Roger Goodell is the evil mastermind behind the blackout at the Super Dome that caused a 34-minute delay in Super Bowl XLVII in February. So implies Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs in an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters as part of its "E:60" magazine series. “I thought he had a hand in it," Suggs said of the NFL commissioner. "Most definitely, he had a hand in it. " The Ravens had pulled to a 28-6 lead over the San Francisco 49ers early in the third quarter when the power outage occurred, causing the unprecedented delay.
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August 1, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
PHILADELPHIA -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league will not be taking any additional action against Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who has been fined by the team for using a racial slur in a viral video. In an appearance with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on ESPN radio, Goodell called Cooper's transgression offensive and unacceptable, and explained why the league has decided not to punish him under the personal-conduct policy. “We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident,” Goodell said, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
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March 18, 2013 | Sam Farmer
PHOENIX - Philip Anschutz says he's ready to talk to the NFL about a stadium in downtown Los Angeles. The NFL says it's ready to talk to Anschutz. Question is, will all that talking amount to anything real? "I think it is a positive that Phil Anschutz is reengaging," Commissioner Roger Goodell said on the first day of the annual NFL owners meetings. "He seems that he would like to get a stadium built in Los Angeles that would be suitable for an NFL team. We look forward to working on that.
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August 23, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL isn't going to blink in its staredown with locked-out officials. At least that's the way it sounds from Commissioner Roger Goodell, who answered questions on the labor meltdown during a fantasy-football event in Times Square on Thursday. Goodell has consistently held his line on the issue, saying the league will stick to its plan of using replacement officials in the regular season -- as it did for Week 1 of the 2001 season before the 9/11 terrorist attacks put the squabble in perspective and a deal was quickly struck.
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October 19, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is stepping aside in the Saints bounty case appeals process and turning it over to former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Tagliabue will hear the second set of appeals from four players -- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove -- who were penalized for their roles in an alleged program that rewarded teammates for injuring or knocking opponents out of games. The player suspensions ran from a full season for Vilma to parts of the season for the others.
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March 15, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
How sweet it is. Let the church bells ring. A suggestion for NFL fans in Los Angeles. Tonight over dinner, clink your cocktail glasses in toast to Phil Anschutz. We have just witnessed the most significant good-news story about the NFL and Los Angeles since Georgia and Al took their ball and went elsewhere in 1995. No huge regrets. Our stance then was correct. Don't let the door hit you in the ... Since then, until Thursday, we have had endless years of false starts, pipe dreams and empty rhetoric.
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