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Goodell addresses changes, future

Posted by Albert Breer  March 24, 2010 01:25 PM

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Competition committee co-chairman Jeff Fisher -- a coach himself -- actually backed Goodell up on that one.

"We discussed it Sunday evening, discussed it Monday morning," Fisher said. "We discussed it in detail from the league's perspective in the office meeting Monday at 10, opened it for discussion and there really was no discussion. The coaches had plenty of opportunity to voice their opinions.

"And I don't really think their disappointment or their frustration stemmed from being opposed to it, I think it stemming from not having the opportunity to talk ab out it. But the bottom line is our owners are gonna vote. ... It's their call."

Shalise already covered the proposed measures to stop teams from tanking games earlier.

Here are a couple more snippets from Goodell:

On the timing of the overtime vote: "A lot of owners felt they’d heard the debate and this was important to them. They felt this was important to the game, important to the fans, and we had come to a resolution. There were clearly enough votes for it yesterday, and we should go ahead and do that. Plus there were a few owners that weren’t able to be here today. When we come to a resolution, we vote."

On the overtime system could being voted on for the regular season at the May meeting in Dallas:  We'd like to talk to our players, we'd like to talk to our network partners, we'd like to understand it, and we had a proposal, but it was for the postseason. We passed that with the understanding that we'd take a look at this and see if we wanted to expand it into the regular season. ... We’d like to continue to analyze it and go back and talk to the players about it a little bit also. And we’ll discuss it again. There’s potential it’ll come (in Dallas).

On potential blackouts:  We had a lot of focus on it this season in large part because of the economy and because of what our fans are going through, and I think everybody in that room understands what our fans our going through in the general economy. The good news is that there are some signs that there’s some improvement. On the other hand, there are people that are still suffering, and still having challenges, and you have to responsive to that as a league and as clubs. I think our clubs did an extraordinary job with that last year. There was a significant turnover in our season-ticket holders, and they had to work harder and spend more resources to get more fans back into the stadium. We’re always focused on that.

On Ben Roethlisberger's case: I'm not putting that issue on the side. We take that issue very seriously. So we're following it, and it's not something I'm not focusing on.
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