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SBD/Issue 222/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Goodell Could Face Challenges Quickly In New Role At NFL
Published August 15, 2006
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Big Issue For Goodell To Tackle
LEVY: In N.Y., Gary Myers wrote the owners “were concerned that Goodell would leave the NFL if he lost to [outside counsel Gregg] Levy and they didn’t want that to happen.” Levy’s “strong showing could lead to a more prominent role in the Goodell administration” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/12). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Daniel Kaplan cites a source who was in the room during Levy’s presentation to owners as saying, “There is a very strong consensus among owners that this is a guy who has a lot more horsepower than we have been using.” SportsCorp President Marc Ganis said Levy “is on the radar screen on a lot of major positions, including commissionerships” (SBJ, 8/14 issue).
NANCE: In Atlanta, Orlando Ledbetter reported the Fritz Pollard Alliance recommended Cleveland-based attorney Frederick Nance, as well as three other minorities, as candidates to replace Paul Tagliabue. Fritz Pollard Alliance attorney Cyrus Mehri: “One of the other three made it to the final 11. We also know the other two were strongly considered. We know [the NFL] gave it a good, broad look at a strong slate of candidates.” Mehri “believes Goodell will continue the work Tagliabue started in terms of diversity in hiring practices.” Mehri noted Goodell “has consistently been a strong advocate for diversity in the NFL” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/13). Nance said of Goodell, “I think the best man for the job got the job” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/13).
COMPARE AND CONTRAST: In Orlando, Chris Harry wrote Tagliabue “was brilliant, but in news conferences, he often came across as condescending, even arrogant. Goodell seems more down to earth, more approachable, more charismatic. And if the NFL isn’t successful enough, imagine the league with an affable and magnetic personality as its front man” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/13). SI’s Peter King wrote Goodell has “a soft side to him, an optimism, that people who’ve made the kind of tough deals he’s made often don’t have. They become cynics, which Goodell is definitely not” (SI.com, 8/14). In Westchester, Harold Gutmann wrote under the header, “Goodell A Natural Leader” (WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS, 8/13).
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