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Article: Jerry Jones, etc wanted Papa John to get Goodell fired


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14 hours ago, WhoTom said:

He should have asked the CEO of Domino's instead. The job would have been done in 30 minutes or less.

 

Put the famous Domino's Death Disks to work for them.

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13 hours ago, BarleyNY said:


And here I thought he’d have to do things like:

- direct research on issues that impact the NFLs bottom line

- determine possible courses of action and likely consequences of each course

- recommend a plan (or plans) of action

- determine contingency plans for above

- lead or delegate important courses of action

 

That’s what one would expect of someone in such a position.  But apparently just an incredibly well paid figurehead. Crazy. 

 

The NFL offices employ about 800 people.  No doubt, as with any company, they have many levels of management that run the business. And no doubt Goodell acts as counsel to the owner group on the big issues.  

 

But there's no way around the obvious fact that Goodell is a well paid figurehead.  When real decisions are to be made (expansion/team movement, CBA, TV contracts) the owners make all decisions. No one even expects them to speak to the public.  The make Goodell do this. 

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3 hours ago, Mr. WEO said:

 

The NFL offices employ about 800 people.  No doubt, as with any company, they have many levels of management that run the business. And no doubt Goodell acts as counsel to the owner group on the big issues.  

 

But there's no way around the obvious fact that Goodell is a well paid figurehead.  When real decisions are to be made (expansion/team movement, CBA, TV contracts) the owners make all decisions. No one even expects them to speak to the public.  The make Goodell do this. 


While Goodell obviously works for the owners and takes direction on big issues from them, the narrative that dismisses him as little more than a figurehead and errand boy for 32 owners is very exaggerated by NFL fans.  He has plenty of responsibility and quite a bit of opportunity to influence and inform the owners.

 

The closest comparison to this situation I can come up with is the negotiation for the 2006 CBA.  The owners spent so much time infighting that the league could not properly negotiate with the NFLPA.  This resulted in Goodell telling the owners that there was a bad deal on the table, but that - due to them not getting on the same page - they needed to take it.  They did, by a 30-2 vote IIRC.  The one positive thing for the owners that he got added the agreement was an opt out clause that enabled an early exit.  Vote year 2, exit after year 5 IIRC.  The owners got their act together and stuck it to the players pretty good on the next deal.

 

So it’s certainly possible that Goodell encountered something similar with owners this time too.  But I still contend that it drug out as long as it possibly could have and was managed horribly in the interim.  I will give him this though.  Once he did move forward, he did a fantastic job of it.  It was like a team went 1-16, 2-15, then 15-2 and won the SB performance-wise. 

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