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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.

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

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NFL to use pink penalty flags — as suggested by 11-year-old fan — for Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday

Marlboro, NJ Boy Made Recommendation in Letter to Commissioner Goodell

Pink penalty flags will be used in Sunday’s Dolphins-Jets game — the final weekend of Breast Cancer Awareness month — at MetLife Stadium.

The idea was suggested by 11-year old Dante Cano of Marlboro, NJ, a fifth-grade student at Asher Holmes Elementary School, in a letter (right) to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness,” Dante wrote. “Please write back.”

Commissioner Goodell invited Dante and his family to MetLife Stadium where they will present the pink penalty flags (below) to the officials prior to the game.

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action,” said Commissioner Goodell. “Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.”

This month is the NFL’s fourth annual national breast cancer awareness campaign — A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives — in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS).

For more information on A Crucial Catch, visit nfl.com/pink.

Commissioner Goodell Appoints Paul Tagliabue Hearing Officer for Appeals of Discipline in Saints Bounty Matter

Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified the NFL Players Association and the four players who have appealed their suspensions in the Saints bounty matter that he has appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as the hearing officer to decide the appeals and bring the matter to a prompt and fair conclusion.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFLPA, Commissioner Goodell has the exclusive authority to hear appeals of discipline for conduct detrimental or appoint a designee to hear and decide an appeal. Commissioner Goodell consulted with NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith in several conversations before deciding to appoint another hearing officer for this case.

“I have held two hearings to date,” Commissioner Goodell said, “and have modified the discipline in several respects based on my recent meetings with the players. To bring this matter to a prompt and fair conclusion, I have appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to serve as the hearing officer for the upcoming appeals. Paul Tagliabue is a genuine football authority whose tenure as commissioner was marked by his thorough and judicious approach to all matters. He has many years of experience in NFL collective bargaining matters and an impeccable reputation for integrity.

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Transcript: Commissioner Goodell at 2012 NFL Fall Meeting

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Commissioner Goodell sends letter to fans concerning agreement with officials

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below regarding the eight-year agreement reached this week with the NFLRA. The letter thanks  fans for their passion while  underscoring how this new agreement provides long-term stability to an important aspect of the game.

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