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Roger Goodell Says Player Safety Is No. 1 Issue Facing NFL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today spoke at Harvard's School of Public Health as part of the Dean Julio Frank's Distinguished Lecture Series in a presentation titled “Leadership on the Road to a Safer Game.” Goodell appeared on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” today to preview the speech and said, “We still have to make changes in our game – whether it’s rules or equipment – but the awareness has never been higher. What we saw this past weekend, as unfortunate as it is to have those injuries, they represented progress because those players left the game. They’re getting their proper care. Just maybe a few years ago that wouldn’t have occurred.” When asked about the biggest challenge facing the league: “It’s definitely player health and safety. It’s our No. 1 priority.”

He also touched on the fan experience: "The first indicator of that is attendance, and attendance is up. … I think people feel safe in the stadiums. When I go out and talk to the fans at the stadiums, they like the experience. They do identify things they want more of like technology, being able to bring the ‘RedZone’ into the stadium on their own devices. That still has not been solved on a technology standpoint but we’re making progress on it" (“Mike and Mike in the Morning,” ESPN2, 11/15).
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