NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL
2013 FALL LEAGUE MEETING
THE RITZ-CARLTON – WASHINGTON, D.C.
October 08, 2013
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.