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Transcript: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Annual Meeting Press Conference – March 26, 2014

NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL
NFL ANNUAL MEETING
RITZ-CARLTON ORLANDO GRANDE LAKES
ORLANDO, FLORIDA

MARCH 26, 2014

On the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl and the effect it may have on future Super Bowls being held in open-air stadiums in cold-weather cities:

We discussed the Super Bowl in the context of what we achieved, the successes that occurred and things that we can do better. We do that every year following the Super Bowl and try to achieve a better event for our fans and for our teams. The overall reaction was positive. People believe that the Super Bowl was a great opportunity to put us on the number-one stage and promote the Super Bowl. There was a positive reaction to it. The only future discussion we had was really the bidding process in May and we already have three cities that are in that process.

On Woody Johnson reaching out to the NFL before signing Michael Vick and his thoughts on if Michael Vick is a changed person:

I’ll refrain from sharing anything about the conversation, but I’ll be happy to talk about the general views toward Michael. Michael is a young man who made a tragic mistake. He paid a very heavy price for it, but I’ve seen him, in everything he’s done, exceed expectations. He has worked very hard to be a positive force in a lot of different areas. That’s something I admire about him. When we went through the process of reviewing whether he would come back into the league, he demonstrated that he was somebody who was committed to saying, ‘I am going to do this the right way. I am going to be a positive force.’ He has, and I’m proud of the work he has done. I think that’s the kind of thing we should have.

On if the league has thought about having a larger psychological evaluation for players:

We’ve not only thought about it, we’re doing it. We look at the total wellness of an individual — the physical wellness as well as mental wellness and then we try to give them the resources to try to be able to deal with that. We have definitely made great strides in that. That doesn’t mean we don’t have more work to do. We continue to focus on that.

On the details of players being reviewed for mental wellness and will Jonathan Martin be required to the same evaluation:

The answer to your first question is that’s a medical decision. I’m not a medical professional. I’m not one that would dictate that. Those are done by the medical professionals that are joint medical professionals between the players association and the NFL. It’s their decision, the evaluation, and also whatever recommendations they might make.

On Jonathan Martin: I would have to check on that. I don’t know the details on that. I believe he has got some evaluation already.

On potentially expanding the playoffs and what are the next steps:

We had a good discussion on it on several fronts. As you know, the Competition Committee has been looking at this for a couple of years. We have discussed it in various committees, including broadcasting. We had a full discussion on the floor with the owners and other 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. We’ve been very incremental in trying to do this, but we believe competitively it could make even our races toward the end of our season even more exciting with more teams vying for playoff positions, which is great for our fans. We still want to do some additional work, including talking with the players association. We have a scheduled meeting set for April 8. This will be one of the things we’ll probably discuss and then we’ll also have to talk to broadcast partners and there are some scheduling issues that we still need to work through.

On if it could happen for 2014, 2015 or 2016:

It’s not out of the question, but we didn’t make that decision at all. We have more work to do. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I wouldn’t say that’s the direction we’re heading right now.


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Statement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ralph Wilson

“Ralph Wilson was a driving force in developing pro football into America’s most popular sport. He loved the game and took a chance on a start-up league in 1960 as a founding owner of the American Football League. He brought his beloved Bills to western New York and his commitment to the team’s role in the community set a standard for the NFL. As a trusted advisor to his fellow league owners and the commissioner, Ralph always brought a principled and common-sense approach to issues. His lifelong loyalty to the game was instrumental in his richly deserved induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We are grateful for his many contributions to the NFL and offer our heartfelt sympathy to the Wilson family.”

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Transcript: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Annual Meeting Press Conference – March 24, 2014

NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL
NFL ANNUAL MEETING
RITZ-CARLTON ORLANDO GRANDE LAKES
ORLANDO, FLORIDA

MARCH 24, 2014

On Jim Irsay getting treatment and also potential discipline:

That’s the first priority. He is seeking help and he has done that voluntarily. That’s the most important step, at least initially. To my knowledge, I’ve been in a room all day today, but there are no formal charges at this point. We obviously will want to understand the facts before we take any steps as it relates to any discipline. Obviously, any policies or any laws that are broken – whether you are commissioner, owner, player or coach – subjects you to discipline.

On disciplining other players named in Ted Wells report:

Our focus right now, at least in the case of three players, is that they would be evaluated. We’ve talked with the union several times about that and we agreed that was the right step. Once they’ve been evaluated, the medical professionals – joint medical professionals – will make a determination whether any treatment is necessary and it will be a requirement that they fulfill that.

On if suspension is possible:

The first thing is to get the evaluation and determine what the treatment is. Depending on what the doctors prescribe, that could prevent them from being a part of football for some period of time. But that is a medical decision.

On the Raiders stadium situation:

Mark (Davis) is closer to the matter than I am. I know our staff was engaged last year with the Raiders. I haven’t gotten an update on that in quite a while on that. I know they signed an extension and we actually approved that today –a one-year extension. So there have been some obviously positive discussions. What that means for the future – I don’t know.

On resolution that enables teams to cover some seats:

It is to give our teams flexibility and to be able to manage their season ticket bases and their individual ticket sales. That’s all changed a lot. Technology has changed that. We are working harder to keep our stadiums full. We were fortunate to have 99 percent of our stadiums full this year. That is something we are going to have to continue to work on. These kinds of policies are fan friendly in the sense that they allow our teams more flexibility so that games can be shown on television and we can make our games more accessible in the stadium. We want out fans in the stadium and we think that experience is the best experience.


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NFL Kicks Off Annual Meeting in Orlando with Opening Presentation

Commissioner ROGER GOODELL opened the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando today with a presentation to team owners, general managers, coaches and staff. The hour-long session focused on the league’s challenges and priorities.

The presentation included information from several NFL and team executives plus Pro Football Hall of Famers ANTHONY MUÑOZ and AENEAS WILLIAMS, and former Pro Bowl player PATRICK KERNEY, now the NFL’s vice president of player engagement.

Commissioner Goodell saluted all teams on a memorable 2013 season and specifically recognized the work of coaches.

“The game has never been better and it’s a tribute to all of you, but it’s really important for us to salute the coaches,” said Goodell. “The coaches are the ones that really work to make this game great. We’ve changed the rules. We’ve removed techniques that we thought were dangerous. We’ve implemented new work rules and you, your staffs and your players have adjusted and we’re all better for it. Thank you, coaches, for all that you do.”

Goodell concluded by emphasizing the league’s values and also the theme of respect.

“With more success, comes more responsibility for all of us to step up and lead,” Goodell noted. “That means staying true to the values that have sustained our success over the years – Integrity, quality, tradition, teamwork, diversity, innovation.

“Let me leave you with one thought to guide us through the future. Respect; respect for our game and those that came before us. Respect for each other – teams, opponents and game officials. Respect for our fans, our lifeblood. Respect in our workplaces for the diversity that makes us stronger. Respect for our communities and the important role we play in those communities. It’s about the significance of being part of this, the shield. Let’s embrace the opportunity to make a difference. We’re expected to do that – by our fans, our business partners and others. We can and we will. Let’s go to work.”

Topics presented by NFL and club executives included former players, quality of the game, engaging fans at stadiums and through technology, and connecting with new fans.

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Goodell Comments on Michael Sam

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke today at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition “Wall Street Project” in New York City. One of the topics Goodell was asked to addressed concerned Michael Sam.

“Good for him,” said Goodell. “He’s proud of who he is and had the courage to say it. Now he wants to play football. We have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. We will have further training and make sure that everyone understands our commitment. We truly believe in diversity and this is an opportunity to demonstrate it.”

Statement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Bud Adams

Bud Adams played a pivotal role in the growth of pro football as a pioneer and innovator. As a founding owner of the American Football League that began play in 1960, Bud saw the potential of pro football and brought the game to new cities and new heights of popularity, first in Houston and then in Nashville. He was a brilliant entrepreneur with a terrific sense of humor that helped lighten many a tense meeting. His commitment to the best interests of the game and league was unwavering, and his personal along with the team’s impact in community relations and philanthropy set a standard for the NFL. Bud was truly a gift to the NFL. We extend our deepest sympathy to his daughters Susan and Amy, and the entire family.

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Transcript: Commissioner Goodell 2013 Fall League Meeting

NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL
2013 FALL LEAGUE MEETING
THE RITZ-CARLTON – WASHINGTON, D.C.

October 08, 2013

Opening Remarks:

Good afternoon. You received the news from today’s meeting. We had several reports from our Competition Committee, International Committee, Diversity Committee, Health and Safety Committee and our NFL Foundation. We had a busy day with several updates and several lengthy discussions.

In 2014, we will be playing three games in London. Jacksonville, Atlanta and Oakland will be the host teams in each of the three of those games. We continued on our focus on improving and investing in our stadiums with approvals in Cleveland, Washington and with the Minneapolis lease. We are continuing to invest in our stadiums. That is great for fans, great for our game and ultimately great for our players too.

Our Super Bowl Advisory Committee met yesterday and again today at lunch. We have three cities that will be competing to host Super Bowl XLVII – New Orleans, Minneapolis and Indianapolis. That decision will be made in May 2014.

At the opening of the meetings, I shared my perspective for 10 or 15 minutes about where the NFL is. I shared with the owners that I have not, in my 32 years of being involved with the NFL, seen the league in a stronger position. Our game is more popular. It is more competitive. It is safer and you can see how it continues to grow. We have a great foundation to do that. It is our collective responsibility to take the necessary steps to see that growth. We are in a very good position to do that and we are excited about our future.


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Commissioner Goodell visits “Live with Kelly and Michael” — Transcript

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared this morning on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

The Commissioner engaged in a lively conversation with the dynamic duo of Kelly Ripa and former New York Giants’ legend Michael Strahan about the new Heads Up Football program, the Super Bowl and the Draft.

Goodell presented them with personalized #1 New York Giants jerseys. Ripa and Strahan even moved into to get their Draft Day hugs from Goodell.

CommishStrahanHugFollowing is a transcript of the Commissioner’s appearance:
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Commissioner Goodell sends letter to fans on Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50 Years of Excellence

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below regarding the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s  first 50 years. The letter highlights the Hall’s excellence in honoring the legends of the game, preserving pro football’s historic documents and artifacts and educating the public regarding the origin, development and growth of this sport.

To read the letter, click here

Transcript: Commissioner Goodell on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning

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