Goodell Wraps Up NFL Meetings With Eye On In-Game Experience
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today closed out the league's annual owners meetings by addressing several different issues, including saying a league-wide initiative to improve the in-game experience requiring specific actions by the clubs is to be expected later this year. What those actions consists of is still under development. Goodell declined to be tied to a precise time frame for his desire to expand the playoffs, but did say that playoff expansion could be tied to a shortening of the preseason. He also disclosed that the Pro Bowl would be played in Hawaii next year and that significant changes to the game's structure were being considered.
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Miami is bidding on both Super Bowls L and LI, and Goodell said the city's success in landing either game likely depends on the team getting public finding for a stadium renovation. The Dolphins are seeking a referendum to secure the funds for a $400M renovation to Sun Life Stadium. Owners at the meeting also approved $200M in league stadium funding for the Vikings and approved the new Bills stadium lease. The Bills are moving forward on $130M of modernization of Ralph Wilson Stadium.