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Here, There & Everywhere: Roger Goodell Reflects On Busy, Controversial Year In NFL
Published December 27, 2012
LOOKING AHEAD: Battista noted the league and the NFLPA "appear at odds on many policy initiatives." However, Goodell said the relationship between the NFL management and the union was "typical." HGH and the collusion case involving the Redskins and Cowboys "will almost certainly be big issues in 2013." Additionally, player safety "continues to be the overarching theme of his tenure." Giants President & CEO John Mara said that when Goodell talks to owners, he "repeatedly emphasizes preserving the integrity of the game and improving player safety." But Goodell also has "talked about the need to avoid complacency." Goodell said, "That is part of leadership. What you have to do is listen and make the right decisions. Long-term, that is what is going to make the NFL successful. If you want to be a cheerleader, go be a cheerleader. If you want to be a commissioner, then go make the decisions" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/23).
MAKING THINGS CLEAR: SI.com's Peter King wrote, "If you still think Tagliabue was somehow 'protecting' Goodell with his ruling, you wouldn't think that from talking to those close to Goodell -- or, now with Battista's story, by hearing from Goodell himself. It's clear the mentee, Goodell, is angry with the decision of his mentor, Tagliabue" (SI.com, 12/24).