Thursday, September 11, 2014

Make Me Your New NFL Commissioner

Based on recent events, Goodell is even closer to being forced out of the National Football League. I beg, I plead, I respectfully urge you all consider me when talking about who the next NFL Commissioner should be.

Here is my list of reasons why I would make the best next Commissioner of the National Football League.


  1. I will personally take an 80% pay-cut as Commissioner. Goodell made $44.2M last year on his salary, bonuses, and other compensation.
  2. I will give that 80% cut to retired players of the National Football League to help ease their transition from the game into the world.
  3. I will personally fight to establish a retirement account for every single NFL player for them to draw from in the later years of their lives, encouraging a better financial handling for each individual player.
  4. I will personally, regularly meet with players and coaches from all 32 teams in the NFL in order to get to know them all and allow them to speak their piece on the workings and worries of the National Football League.
  5. I will re-institute touchdown and sack celebrations, so long as they are respectful and don't impede the flow of the game, in order to return a level of fun to the game for players.
  6. I will personally fight for and will not quit until sideline technology is adopted in the NFL on the goal-line, the sidelines, and the back line of the end-zone.
  7. I will regularly meet with owners, players, and the NFLPA to work out a better punishment system for all rules in the NFL, in order to determine a fair punishment that 'fits the crime' for every rule.
  8. I will personally re-construct the "headshot" policy. While I believe Goodell's regime has done amazing things to protect the head of the football players, I believe it is long overdue to address adjustments made by offensive players.
  9. I will personally appoint a group to work with NFL Referees in order to prevent game-changing calls being made. Players and fans should not see this game tainted by human error on behalf of officials when technology allows us to get it right every single time. Big fouls and turnovers that need to be seen again should not be seen just by the referees' eyes, but should be addressed so players are not harshly penalized and/or fined for a mistake they may not have made.
  10. I will mandate that a referee be appointed to watch the offensive line on every play. Too often we have seen horrible holding calls avoided in this league. The clothesline and neck-lock technique when beat on the edge is a dangerous penalty that can result in severe injury for the defensive player, and there is no place in this game for that. This will be enforced as an unnecessary roughness foul as a 15-yard penalty.
These are the things I will personally look to address in the NFL from the very beginning. In addition to these 10 items, I will also look to meet regularly with specialists in a number of fields, particularly to address variables such as concussions and emotional well-being of players.

If Goodell is forced out, please keep me in mind.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Roger Goodell Is In Hot Water

...or on thin ice. Or in hot water on thin ice.

Following the backlash of the Ray Rice situation, many have called for Goodell to answer for how the National Football League reviewed and handled matters in the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

While it was made clear by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office that "It's grand jury material. It would have been improper -- in fact, illegal -- for the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office to provide (the video) to an outside/private/non law-enforcement entity," many are still calling for Goodell to be transparent now, since he and the NFL weren't before. Others are calling for Goodell to step down altogether.

And in a strange twist, some are even suggesting Goodell abused the authority he was granted in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement in which his stipulation to personally oversee all personal conduct matters but advancing the suspension of Ray Rice from 2 games to indefinite.

Roger Goodell did release a statement in a letter to the owners of the NFL's 32 teams. Goodell stressed two very specific points:

First, we did not see video of what took place inside the elevator until it was publicly released on Monday. When the new video evidence became available, we acted promptly and imposed an indefinite suspension on Mr. Rice.
Second, on multiple occasions, we asked the proper law enforcement authorities to share with us all relevant information, including any video of the incident. Those requests were made to different law enforcement entities, including the New Jersey State Police, the Atlantic City Police Department, the Atlantic County Police Department and the Atlantic County Solicitor’s Office. The requests were first made in February following the incident, and were again made following Mr. Rice’s entry into the pre-trial diversion program. None of the law enforcement entities we approached was permitted to provide any video or other investigatory material to us. As is customary in disciplinary cases, the suspension imposed on Mr. Rice in July was based on the information available to us at that time.
Very shortly ago, the Associated Press reported via a source that the NFL did in fact receive a copy of the tape inside of the elevator from a member of law enforcement, contradicting the NFL and Mr. Goodell's stance that the tape was not made available to the NFL. The report also states that there was a confirmation in a call or message from the NFL's offices, an executive to be exact, that the tape was received and that it was horrible.

This is a major hit on Goodell's already shaky public support. The NFL is not backing down from their statement that the offices did not receive the tape or that they were denied the opportunity.

If these reports are true, and Goodell and the NFL did have the video and had seen it, then Goodell will find it difficult to keep trust from the owners and players. It will also raise concerns about Goodell getting it wrong on Rice before, and his sudden change of heart with the rules. The abrupt advancement of Rice's suspension will also be questioned further, as it has been made clear if the report is true that Goodell was more concerned with the public finding out about the tape.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ray Rice Released, Suspended Indefinitely

Today, September 8, 2014, the entire world was rocked by TMZ's release of camera footage from within the elevator of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

The video can be seen after the jump.