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Goodell Still Seen As Favorite As NFL Owners Begin Meeting
Published August 7, 2006
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: The following presents brief biographical information about each candidate (THE DAILY).
A. Shattuck III
Chair, President & CEO of Constellation Energy Group, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland.
Born October 7 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Graduated from Williams College in 1976 and received his MBA from Stanford Univ. in 1980.
Married to wife Molly, who made the Ravens cheerleading squad for the second year this year.
They have five children.
IS THIS THE WEEK? In N.Y., Gary Myers cites a source as saying that “if doubts arise about Goodell, ... Tagliabue’s successor will not be picked this week, with the owners asking for more time to familiarize themselves with the three outside candidates” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/7). But NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw said the owners will stay in Chicago “until they get a commissioner. They better because (Tagliabue) is heading to China, and we have to get that done” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 8/4).
CLUBHOUSE LEADER: NBC’s Andrea Kremer reported, “The perception of some owners is that a weak field of three candidates from outside the league makes the deck stacked in favor of Goodell, ... and that has some owners decrying what they call the transparency of the selection process” (“Sunday Night Football,” 8/6). Former 49ers and Browns President Carmen Policy said of Goodell, “If I was still involved, there’d be no question –- I’d want someone of Roger’s character, Roger’s experience, Roger’s background and Roger’s dedication. The question is, is there someone else who fills that role? I don’t see it” (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/6).
OTHER CANDIDATES: In Jacksonville, Vito Stellino wrote Goodell and Levy are the “only two candidates familiar to most NFL owners” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 8/6). In Cleveland, Tony Grossi wrote many inside the NFL “believe the only candidate who might upset Goodell is Levy” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/6). In N.Y., Judy Battista wrote the inclusion of Levy “surprised some observers,” but “acknowledged Levy’s impact on the league.” Levy, whose “career mirrors” Tagliabue’s, is “considered one of the top practitioners of sports law in the country.” Raiders Owner Al Davis, a “well-known adversary” of Levy, said, “He has been very good in league legal work. I’ve had to fight him quite a bit.” But one unidentified owner said of Levy, “I just don’t see him carrying the day with the other owners and convincing the owners to pick him over others” (N.Y. TIMES, 8/5). The N.Y. DAILY NEWS’ Myers wrote Goodell’s “strongest challenge will come from” Reynolds (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/6). The N.Y. TIMES’ Battista notes Reynolds “was proposed by” Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, who “will presumably support him, at least in the early voting” (N.Y. TIMES, 8/7).
KEEPING YOU INFORMED: We will be on the ground in Chicago this week as NFL owners meet to name a new commissioner. We will be blogging once the meetings commence today and will continue filing until the meetings adjourn.