Archive for 'From the Commissioner'

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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Transcripts: Commissioner Goodell Thursday media availabilities

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For the transcript of the press conference for network television, click here

NFL Films President Steve Sabol Dies at Age 69

NFL Films President Steve Sabol, for five decades the creative force behind the unique brand of storytelling and cinematography that brought America closer to the game of football, died today at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.

“Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”

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For Steve Sabol’s final bio, click here.

For the obituary which will air on NFL Network, click here.

For a chronology of NFL Films, click here.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Army Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin, Reps. Mike Thompson, Gus Bilirakis Join Forces to Tackle Traumatic Brain Injury

Commissioner Roger Goodell today joined U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff General J. Lloyd Austin, III to provide members of the Congressional Military Veterans Caucus and the Brain Injury Task Force an overview of the NFL-Army joint initiative concerning head injuries. Goodell and General Austin addressed 24 members of Congress and outlined the program designed to share information, increase awareness  and education, and enhance the discussion about head injuries.

Rep. Mike Thompson, co-chair of the Congressional Military Veterans Caucus along with Rep. Gus Bilirakis, released the following statement following the meeting.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell on Art Modell

Art Modell’s leadership was an important part of the NFL’s success during the league’s explosive growth during the 1960s and beyond. As the longtime chairman of the league’s Broadcast Committee, Art was a visionary who understood the critical role that mass viewing of NFL games on broadcast television could play in growing the league. Art played important roles in many other league matters as a key advisor to Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue, and also built championship teams in Cleveland and Baltimore. His skills as an owner and league contributor were matched only by his great sense of humor. Any conversation with Art included laughs. He always left you with a smile on your face. We extend our condolences to John, David and the rest of the Modell family.

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Commissioner Email to Fans on Player Health and Safety

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below, underscoring the commitment of the NFL to protect the health, safety and long-term livelihood of players, both on the field and off. Commissioner Goodell notes the league will continue to preserve the fierce competition that makes football great while simultaneously committing to the relentless pursuit of safer play.

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Commissioner Email to Fans Highlights NFL’s Commitment to Player Health and Safety

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below, underscoring the commitment of the NFL to the health and safety of players at all levels. Among the highlights of the letter include  a salute to partnerships with organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USA Football, which just launched its Heads Up Football program. Goodell also announced the launch of a new website. Visit nfl.com/evolution to learn more about the league’s health and safety work for athletes of the past, present and future.

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Commissioner Email to Fans Announcing New Total Wellness Program

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans yesterday a copy of the letter below that was distributed to all current and former NFL players, as well as team and league personnel. He told fans the NFL will continue to update them on important league initiatives.

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