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SBD/October 1, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Roger Goodell Facing Strong Tests To Legacy Following Lockouts Of Players, Refs
Published October 1, 2012
HITTING A ROUGH PATCH: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Daniel Kaplan noted Goodell's reputation "could pay a price" for the ref situation. One former NFLer said, "I don't think anyone thinks of the commissioner as the custodian of the game." Few industry veterans "are will to publicly criticize, or even question, Goodell." He runs the "unquestioned powerhouse league of U.S. sports," but there is "no doubt that Goodell's standing took a hit last week, continuing a rough patch for the commissioner" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/1 issue). In N.Y., Gary Myers wrote it is “too early to determine" what Goodell’s “legacy will be -- SpyGate, BountyGate, the players lockout, the officials lockout, all the player suspensions he’s handed down." Goodell has "time to remove the stain and stink created by the ill-conceived plan to let replacement officials run the games the first three weeks of the season until there was finally a new labor deal last week.” The ref lockout was “the low point of Goodell’s tenure and it prompted a tremendous backlash from coaches, players and fans.” He now “has to win back the fans’ trust.” Goodell is a “combination of his predecessors, Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue.” He has “Rozelle’s personality and sense of public relations, but can be brutally blunt like Tagliabue without the arrogance” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/30).