“When Roger Goodell (left) was named the NFL’s commissioner in August of 2006,” writes D. Orlando Ledbetter in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “he told team owners he would focus on the quality of the game, fielding 32 strong teams and innovation.
“There is little doubt that in four years Goodell has firmly placed his imprint on the league while conducting it into the 21st century,” Ledbetter continues. “Virtually no area of how the league operates has been untouched.”
Among the accomplishments cited by Ledbetter: a new personal conduct policy, the new modified sudden death overtime rules for the playoffs, moving the Pro Bowl to the week prior to Super Bowl, the Fan Code of Conduct, the concept of an enhanced season, moving the NFL Draft first round into weeknight primetime, and the proposal to “strengthen the human growth hormone testing program in labor negotiations.”
For Ledbetter’s story, click here.
For Ledbetter’s list of innovations in the past four years, click here.