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Goodell: SpyGate Meeting Provided No New Evidence

After meeting with Matt Walsh, videographer and key member of the taping scandal that has enveloped Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today he had learned no new information on the matter "Having met with Matt Walsh and over 50 other people, I...

 

By Cindy Boren | May 13, 2008; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (18)

Competition Committee Backs Goodell's Proposals

More from the "vacationing" Mark Maske: Commissioner Roger Goodell's proposed crackdown on cheating has the backing of the NFL competition committee, as expected. The committee has endorsed the measures proposed by Goodell in a memo sent earlier this month to committee members. The measures next will be presented to...

 

By Cindy Boren | March 27, 2008; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

This Time, Defensive Proposal Seems Likely to Pass

Some people send postcards from vacation; Maske sends blog items: Expect the proposal to link one defensive player to a coach on the sidelines via wireless device to be approved at the league meeting next week in Palm Beach, Fla. The proposal has the backing of Commissioner Roger Goodell and...

 

By Cindy Boren | March 27, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

How to Fix the Tampering Problem

Maske interrupts his vacation: THE BEACH, March 27 -- The competition committee's recommendation on the tampering issue is a common sense solution to a widespread problem. Under the proposal, there would be a five- to seven-day window before the opening of free agency annually in which agents for prospective free...

 

By Cindy Boren | March 27, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thursday Opener May Start Earlier

Maske continues to chill (if you're on a beach and the guy on the blanket next to you asks if you have any snacks, that's him!) and I thought I'd share this little bit of news from the AP: The NFL is considering starting its Thursday night season opener...

 

By Cindy Boren | March 26, 2008; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pressure Shifts from Goodell to Owners

Never has a little thing like vacation stopped Maske from blogging. He files this from an undisclosed yet secure location: Roger Goodell showed that he's serious about his crackdown on cheating. Actions are louder than words, and particularly louder than memos. So when Goodell followed up his recent memo to...

 

By Cindy Boren | March 25, 2008; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

As Goodell Reaches One-Year Anniversary of Election, Player Conduct is the Public's Focus But Owners Ultimately Will Judge Him on Economics

Today is the one-year anniversary of Roger Goodell's election as NFL commissioner. The sport's franchise owners voted last Aug. 8 for Goodell to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue. The owners, meeting at a hotel near Chicago, chose Goodell over four other finalists, including Gregg Levy, the Washington lawyer who...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Even With No Suspension for Owens, Goodell Still Increasing Penalties for On-Field Misdeeds

Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall called for the league to suspend Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens for spitting in Hall's face during Saturday night's game at the Georgia Dome. It didn't happen. On Monday, the NFL instead fined Owens $35,000. But even if he didn't suspend Owens, first-year...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Runs First League Meeting as Commissioner

NEW ORLEANS--Roger Goodell oversaw his first owners' meeting as NFL commissioner here today. But after years of serving as predecessor Paul Tagliabue's top lieutenant in the league office, Goodell said this felt like no big deal. "I didn't really think much about it today," said Goodell, who officially succeeded...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 09:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell's Revenue-Sharing Memo Eases Small-Market Concerns

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to each of the 32 teams Monday outlining the plan for increased revenue-sharing among the clubs that he foresees going into effect this season. The plan was approved by the franchise owners in March in conjunction with their new labor agreement with...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deliberations Between League, Union On Drug-Testing Program Are Ongoing

Conversations between the league and the NFL Players Association about possible changes to the sport's steroid-testing program will continue. A league spokesman said that no agreements were reached during today's meeting between Commissioner Roger Goodell and Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the union. But the dialogue between the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Major Announcements From Goodell-Upshaw Meeting

Officials said there were no major developments to announce following today's meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw. Goodell and Upshaw met to discuss a variety of issues, including possible changes to the league's steroid-testing program. Goodell said in recent weeks that he had...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Goodell, Upshaw To Meet Thursday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including possible changes to the league's steroid-testing program. Goodell has said it's possible that the program will be strengthened, perhaps by testing players more frequently or adding...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

League Not Censoring NFL Network, Goodell Says

New commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he does not see the league as a censor for the television channel that it owns, the NFL Network. "It's, one, a distribution outlet for the NFL," Goodell said when asked about the role of the league-owned network. "By putting [regular season]...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Not Ruling Out Expansion as Means to Get a Team to L.A.

Most of the NFL's 32 team owners seem to favor moving an existing franchise rather than expanding when the league is ready to put a club in Los Angeles. New commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday in East Rutherford, N.J., that he does not favor further expansion as a general...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Commissioner Says He'll Study Putting Radio Receivers In Players' Helmets to Negate Crowd-Noise Issues

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Roger Goodell said today that one of the issues he's studying in his early days as NFL commissioner is whether the league should take steps to nullify the competitive advantage that some teams get from crowd noise in their home stadiums. In an afternoon meeting with reporters...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2006; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Gumbel Won't Be Fired From NFL Network Job

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--New NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said here today that he won't dismiss Bryant Gumbel as an announcer on the league-owned NFL Network. Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue had said that Gumbel's status with the network would be up for discussion after the veteran broadcaster recently made highly critical...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2006; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Scheduled to Attend Giants' Practice, Meet with Reporters This Afternoon

New NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to attend the New York Giants' practice today at Giants Stadium. Goodell, who was elected last month and officially took over Friday for the now-retired Paul Tagliabue, is to make his first extended remarks as commissioner by speaking to reporters this afternoon....

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell In Charge

Roger Goodell officially took over as NFL commissioner today at 6 a.m. He is to make his first extended comments as commissioner when he meets with reporters on Wednesday at Giants Stadium, where he's scheduled to attend a New York Giants' practice....

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Final Hours on Job for Tagliabue

It's down to the final hours in office for outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Today is Tagliabue's last day on the job. Elected successor Roger Goodell officially takes over at 6 a.m. Friday....

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2006; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Might Meet With Players

NEW YORK--One of Roger Goodell's first acts as commissioner might be to conduct a series of meetings with NFL players. Paul Tagliabue met with players from the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers soon after becoming commissioner in 1989. He said Monday that he and his successor,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2006; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tagliabue Still Defending Decision on Holmgren

NEW YORK--Paul Tagliabue continues to defend his decision not to fine Mike Holmgren for the Seattle Seahawks coach's criticism of the officiating during his team's Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tagliabue first said at the annual league meeting in March in Orlando, Fla., that he'd had a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2006; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints' Future "Still An Open Question"

NEW YORK--The Saints are back in New Orleans this season in the year after being displaced from their home city by Hurricane Katrina. Outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has been a strong advocate of giving New Orleans every chance possible to demonstrate that it can support its football team...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tagliabue Says He'll "Disappear" After Sept. 1 Changeover

NEW YORK--Outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said here today that he plans "to disappear" from league operations after being succeeded by Roger Goodell on Sept. 1. Tagliabue, who's winding up a nearly 17-year reign as commissioner, is to remain a senior adviser to the league under the terms of...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2006; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tagliabue to Speak With Reporters Today

NEW YORK--Outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue is scheduled to meet with a group of reporters here this morning for an informal question-and-answer session as he prepares to leave office. The remarks that Tagliabue makes today probably will be among his final public comments before officially giving way to Roger...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2006; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Upshaw Praises Owners' Choice

The smooth working relationship between outgoing commissioner Paul Tagliabue and NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw contributed heavily to the game's long-standing labor peace. But Tagliabue's retirement doesn't mean that labor strife is on the horizon. Newly elected commissioner Roger Goodell also gets along well with Upshaw, who praised...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2006; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Commissioner Vote Was Close

Roger Goodell's election as NFL commissioner never was in serious peril Tuesday, but several people familiar with the owners' voting said late Tuesday night and today that the race was close. According to several sources, Goodell got 15 votes on the first ballot that the owners took Tuesday in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2006; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Levy Finished Second

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--Washington attorney Gregg Levy, the NFL's chief outside counsel, finished second in the commissioner race. The owners had agreed Monday to keep all five finalists under consideration for at least the first three ballots. After that, outgoing commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his eight-owner search committee had the authority...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 11:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Gets Five-Year Deal

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--Newly elected NFL commissioner Roger Goodell agreed this evening to a five-year contract, a league official said. The official said he did not know the financial terms of the deal. But when the owners discussed contract terms with the finalists earlier this week, they said the new commissioner...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Likely to Take Over Officially Around Sept. 1

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--The exact date on which Roger Goodell will succeed Paul Tagliabue as the NFL commissioner had not been determined as of this evening. The league's 32 franchise owners elected Goodell, the NFL's chief operating officer, to succeed the retiring Tagliabue here today. Goodell said during an evening news...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 11:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voting Under Way

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--The owners have begun voting on a new NFL commissioner. According to a league spokesman, the owners have been through more than one ballot without electing any of the five finalists. Under the voting procedures established by the owners Monday, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the search committee can...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Commissioner Vote Should Be Soon

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--The owners have completed their question-and-answer sessions with the five finalists for the NFL commissioner's job. The owners are scheduled to reconvene soon with hopes of taking their first vote on a successor to the retiring Paul Tagliabue....

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Commissioner Vote Set for This Afternoon

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--The NFL's 32 team owners will resume the commissioner-selection process this morning. They're scheduled to reconvene at 9 a.m. Eastern time at a hotel in this Chicago suburb. They're to be split into four groups of eight owners each, and the five commissioner finalists will rotate among the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Done with Commish Candidates... For Now

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--The five finalists for the NFL commissioner's job completed their presentations to the 32 team owners here today. The owners reconvened to go over some procedural issues with retiring commissioner Paul Tagliabue, then planned to break for the evening. The candidates are to meet with smaller groups of...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2006; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners' Meeting Under Way

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--The owners' meeting is under way here, with each of the five finalists for the commissioner's job being given about 45 minutes to address the group. No vote is expected to be taken today. "We're just listening to people," Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis said during a break...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2006; 04:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Set to Begin Commissioner-Selection Meeting

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--The NFL's team owners were gathering here today, preparing to begin a set of meetings this afternoon at which they're pledging to select a new commissioner. The five finalists for the job are scheduled to address the owners during a meeting that is to begin around 2 p.m....

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Goodell Looks Like a Lock

OXNARD, Calif. -- You would be hard pressed this morning to find anyone in the NFL who doesn't believe that Roger Goodell will be elected the sport's commissioner next week in Chicago. Goodell, the league's second-in-command, has been the favorite to ascend to the top job from the moment Paul...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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