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While the Giants are in the midst of OTAs, those who make the rules are pondering potential changes to the NFL schedule and playoffs.

Though nothing is imminent, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN at the spring owners meeting in Boston that both issues are currently being discussed.

Two games would be shaved off the preseason, and the regular season would become 18 games. The specifics about extended playoffs were not mentioned.

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Here's what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had to say the other day about shortening the preseason and the prospects of expanding the regular season from 16 to 18 games.....

"We?re always going to reevaluate our season structure.? We?ve been very open about the fact that we want to address our preseason. Do we need four preseason games?? Do we only need two or three? How do we continue to develop talent? How do we continue to evaluate players?? The fans? reaction to the quality of preseason is a big concern.? So, we have to do that collectively.? That?s what our CBA does. If we wanted to implement an 18-game schedule, we could have done that in the prior CBA.? The ownership and management agreed that we would do that collectively and we would consider and balance the player health and safety issues with that.? So, we?ll continue to evaluate that.

I think the changes we made in the CBA, particularly in offseason training, the training camp period and even during the regular season ? eliminating contact, allowing players to get away from the game ? that?s been great for the players.? They deserve that.? Every player I talk to tells me they feel better at this time of the year than they?ve ever felt in the past.? I think that?s a direct result of some of the changes in the CBA.? We will continue to figure out how we can improve with our season structure, but we will not make changes? if we can?t do it in a safe and effective way.?

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Leadership on the Road to a Safer Game

Remarks of Commissioner Roger Goodell at the Harvard School of Public Health November 15, 2012
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXjahbHNmAI]

Some highlights....

"A recent Harris Poll indicated that the NFL?s popularity is rising, at an all-time high, and up 12 percent from just 10 years ago. The second most popular sport is college football. The interest is simply amazing ? driven by the character of the game, the talent and hard work of our athletes, the dedication of coaches, and the passion of our fans."

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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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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday at the league meetings in Atlanta that the Pro Bowl was in jeopardy if being discontinued, a proposal that has been bandied about for years now.

The NFL has tried everything to salvage the event but the logical answer is to simply cancel the series. Football can only be played full-tilt in the eyes of America, and the Pro Bowl has become a farce in light of ultra-competitive nature of the NFL Playoffs these days.

"We did have a lengthy discussion about the Pro Bowl, not specifically about a site," Goodell said in his presser. "The discussion was about the quality of the Pro Bowl, including the commitments we have with our network partners; where we could play the game and about all of our discussions with the Players Association, how to make the game better. We?ve had numerous discussions over several months about what we can do to make the game more competitive. I?ve said it repeatedly, particularly since the last game that we have to improve the quality of that game.

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The Bountygate situation is far from over. The New Orleans Saints are appealing the ruling by Commissioner Roger Goodell, but to what avail is to be determined this week in New York.

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There's no question any longer who is the boss of the NFL, the world's largest and most profitable sports enterprise....from the NFL:

Commissioner Roger Goodell opened the NFL Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, FL today with a presentation to team owners, general managers, coaches and staff.

The hour-long session, which included remarks from executives in numerous departments, briefly looked back at the successful 2011 season, capped off by the most-watched Super Bowl in history.

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Former NFL star and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp said on the air last week that Jeremy Shockey was the whistleblower in the Bounty-gate case against the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if Sapp was right in both his method and his information...

On his reaction to Warren Sapp?s comments and what the league plans to do to protect whistleblowers:

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box on Friday to discuss the state of the league 11 weeks into a season that was threatened by four months of labor strife earlier this year....

On explaining high TV ratings:

It is the magic of the game. It is the passion and the diversity of our fan base. They love football. Our game is so unpredictable. You saw it last night (in the Jets-Broncos game).

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Here are some highlights from Roger Goodell's press conference on Tuesday at the league meetings in Houston:

On an NFL franchise in London:Are you talking about a franchise? We?re a far cry from that. I think you?re talking two different things. We?re talking about just the series. If we had a franchise, the franchise would be located over there. We obviously haven?t gone so far as to work out all of the logistics of how that would work, but if a franchise is based there that would be their home community and they would play there. Now, would they live there all year round? That?s a choice teams make, players make just like they make when they?re based here in the United States.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has his hands full trying to manage the behavior of NFL players. Yesterday, he granted Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor an exemption and allowed him to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft, which will be held Monday. From the NFL:

In addition to being notified that Terrelle Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, NFL clubs were informed that Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules. This resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football. Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules.

In his decision allowing Pryor to enter the Supplemental Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs. Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, negotiate and sign a contract with an NFL club, and fully participate in the remainder of the preseason.

Tags: New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Supplemental Draft, Roger Goodell, SNY, SNY. Video, Terrelle Pryor
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At least there's one person out there?giving Eli Manning the respect he deserves. Michael Eisen, Giants.com

What do Tom Coughlin and Brandon Jacobs have in common? Rich Cimini, ESPN New York

As you can imagine, harsh reaction to Tiki Barber comparing himself to Anne Frank. Gary Myers, Daily News; Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

Tags: Brandon Jacobs, Eli Manning, New York Giants, New York Giants Links, New York Giants News, NFL, Roger Goodell, Tiki Barber, Tom Coughlin
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The current NFL lockout has gone on for so long now, people are beginning to lose their place. Commissioner Roger Goodell, with no one left to blame for this greedfest, has turned his focus towards the lawyers.

Goodell was asked by Mike Lupica on ESPN Radio who stood the gain the most from a prolonged lockout.

?There is no question ? the attorneys. The lawyers are pursuing the litigation. They obviously benefit from that.?

Tags: New York Giants, NFL Labor News, NFL Lockout, Roger Goodell
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joined 1050 ESPN New York's Mike Lupica yesterday to talk about the lockout. Click here?to listen to the interview.
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The next negotiation meetings are scheduled May 16.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sat down?for a Q&A with USA TODAY's Jarrett Bell?where he discussed a wide range of league topics. The?interview appeared in today's paper.?Obviously, the lockout drew the most attention, with recent comments by former Giant Amani Toomer also discussed. Here's?part of that interview:

Q: Former Giants receiver Amani Toomer used a disparaging term (Gestapo) to describe you, then issued an apology. Did you get a personal apology?

RG: "I have not heard from Amani Toomer."

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Former Giants WR Amani Toomer spoke his mind this week about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on a radio program, but quickly realized the analogy he used was is poor taste and apologized.

"I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this ... he's kind of using his power, as kind of like a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work. It's just way too much power for one person to have, and a lot of players take real issue with the way he's using this power."

When Toomer realized he compared Goodell's commissionership to Nazi Germany's violent and unforgiving police force, he rushed to rectify his statement in an email to Newsday:

Tags: Amani Toomer, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL, NFL Lockout, NFLPA, Roger Goodell
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to a listening audience of approximately 5500 Giants season ticket holders via a conference call this afternoon. ?The Commissioner was forthright in his answers, appearing confident the labor dispute will be resolved and the season will be played in its entirety and on schedule.

Goodell also addressed the decision by the league not to pit the Giants vs the Jets on Sept 11, the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon following the NFL Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

"Good afternoon. We had a good two days of meetings. Our primary focus was obviously on our labor dispute and on our planning and preparation on that. The second piece was obviously this is our annual meeting and we traditionally focus on our football-related matters, including the Competition Committee report which we did yesterday and again voted on all of those matters today."

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Not much happening in the realm of professional football these days. ?NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the players an email suggesting they come back to the negotiating table. ?The players answered back today with a letter to Goodell essentially calling him a liar .....the fight is on!

 

 

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Looking for football news? Good luck. This time of year we are usually in the throes of free-agent madness, but the labor impasse has sent us into virtual darkness this year.

Even Commissioner Roger Goodell can't help in fear of jeopardizing the negotiations.

from Pro Football NYC....

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Formal CBA Negotiations to Begin Saturday in Dallas

from NFL Labor.com.....

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell met today in New York to discuss a range of issues related to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As part of a process to intensify negotiations, they agreed to hold a formal bargaining session with both negotiating teams on Saturday in the Dallas area. They also agreed to a series of meetings over the next few weeks, both formal bargaining sessions and smaller group meetings, in an effort to reach a new agreement by early March.

Tags: Collective bargaining, Commissioner, DeMaurice Smith, National Football League, National Football League Players Association, New York, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL Labor News, Roger Goodell, Super Bowl
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The Wall Street Journal's David Feith sat down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the league's labor issues. Here's a portion of the story that appeared in the Weekend Journal.

... the highest-stakes action isn't taking place on the gridiron. It's out of sight, in boardrooms and over telephones, as Mr. Goodell and league owners are trying to get the players union to agree to a new collective-bargaining agreement. Negotiations have gone on for two years and if they're not settled by March 3, the NFL will suffer a work stoppage. The roughly $9 billion-a-year enterprise, in other words, might take next season off.

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How many people want to talk Giants football today??? I am very confident that half the tri-state area would love to talk, listen and debate NY Giants football. ? But that isn't going to happen.

If you use WFAN in New York as a barometer...the on air hosts and the PD have decided that baseball is more important.?? Losing Cliff Lee will dominate sports talk radio in the New York market up until the talking heads are forced to discuss Giants vs. Eagles this upcoming Sunday.? This morning I even heard one host ask a caller how he could possibly stay awake during last nights Giants game.

Seriously?

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From the NFL.....

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified teams today that more significant discipline, including suspensions, will be imposed on players that strike an opponent in the head or neck area in violation of the rules.

A memo to the clubs from Commissioner Goodell was accompanied by a message and video to NFL players and coaches. The head coach of each club has been instructed to show the video and read the message to his players and coaching staff as soon as possible. The video includes examples of illegal hits and legal hits under NFL rules.

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File this one in the "you gotta be kidding me" category.....

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided the Jets acted inappropriately in the case of TV Azteca's Ines Sainz, but has not sanctioned or fined anyone in the Jets organization.

The NFL is an $8 billion industry. Most industries this size (and smaller) chop heads over such behavior. For some reason, the NFL - who claims to be at the forefront of 21st industry - failed to do so in this instance.

Tags: Ines Sainz, New York City, New York Jets, NFL, Roger Goodell, TV Azteca
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Alright so we might be 48 hours from kickoff but we've got some business to take care of. Literally.

According to Bloomberg, the town of East Rutherford has sent the Giants a $745,000 bill?for taxes on the practice complex built on the site of the New Meadowlands Stadium. If the town successfully collects these taxes, expect the Giants and Jets to get taxed on their new stadium next year:

?We believe the new stadium built for the Jets and Giants and the training facility should be taxable,? [James] Cassella, the mayor of East?Rutherford,?told the state?s Local Finance Board at a meeting in Trenton today. ?For some reason, they believe they shouldn?t have to pay taxes on a private development.?

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making his case for an 18-game season.....

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=1dc47a8a-5771-4744-a5e5-465ee6aecec1" target="_new" title="">Goodell supporting longer season</a>

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a stand-up guy. He truly wants to make the NFL as fan-centric as possible. He is currently embarking on a six day tour of eight training camps accompanied by John Madden in the Madden Cruiser.

In an interview this week with the NFL Network's Rich Eisen, Goodell reaffirmed his stance that the fans come first.

Eisen: The fan experience at the game; I know that this is something you and your staff have been working hard on since you took over, but these past several months, making sure that the 2010 experience for fans is not only safe, but also enhanced. What have you guys come up with?

Goodell: The first thing is that everything we do is focused on the fans. How do we make the fan experience better? Whether it?s at home through the television with watching the NFL Network or using NFL.com or whether it?s attending our game.? We have focused on making sure that experience in the stadium is safe, enjoyable and fans have the ability to experience as much football as possible when they do come to those games. Technology is a great way to do that. We have several teams that have put in new high-definition scoreboards this year. We have a new stadium in New York that two teams will have. All of these things hopefully will improve that experience for our fans, make it easier for them and a more enjoyable experience for them when they attend the game.

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Goodell To Rookies: "Protect The Shield"

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to 252 rookie players yesterday at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Carlsbad California.? He talked about the responsibility of "protecting the NFL Shield" and the behavior model he expects every NFL player to follow.

?I talked on personal conduct. I didn?t speak about anyone in particular in that case,? Goodell said. ?But I did talk about what I call protecting the shield. My job is to protect the integrity of the NFL and to make sure the game is as safe as possible.?

Goodell does this every year with the league's new entrants. The symposium is designed to assist players into acclimating from the collegiate ranks to the professional level.? Personal conduct is only one topic broached by the Commissioner. Personal finance and making good choices in general are some others.

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