Goodell Wraps Up NFL Meetings With Eye On In-Game Experience
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.
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.