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Category: Roger Goodell

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NFL will recognize Juneteenth as company-wide holiday, Goodell says

Commissioner says Juneteenth will be company-wide holiday19 June commemorates abolition of enslaved Africans in USNFL pledged $250m fund to social justice causes on ThursdayNFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in an internal memo to staff that the leagu…

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Donald Trump aims tweets at NFL over protests to reopen anthem debate

NFL encouraged players to protest peacefully last weekPresident equates kneeling during anthem with disrespectIf the NFL thought the debate on peaceful protests was over, it was mistaken.Last week, amid widespread protests over police brutality against…

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The NFL did the unthinkable: it gave Donald Trump the middle finger

After years of a spineless policy of appeasement, the league finally detached itself from the president and his exploitation of the flag and militaryOn Thursday night, a collection some of the NFL’s biggest stars released a video challenge to…

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‘We were wrong’: Goodell admits NFL should have listened to players on protests – video

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell say the league made mistakes in not listening to players in a video on Friday denouncing racism in the United States amid widespread protests over police brutality against black people.’We, the National Football…

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‘We were wrong’: Goodell admits NFL should have listened to players on protests

Goodell apologizes in video but doesn’t mention Kaepernick‘NO KNEELING’: Trump rips Brees for apologizing over protests‘What if I was George Floyd?’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s office NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league made mistakes in not …

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NFL tells teams to have facility reopening protocols in place by next week

Goodell’s memo outlines protocols for reopening team facilitiesNFL set to release full regular-season schedule on ThursdayThe NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by 15 May.In a memo sent b…

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The NFL’s virtual draft was dry, boring and everything we needed right now

As a TV event, the NFL’s lockdown draft felt slapdash, a little weird and less eventful than those in recent years. It was also the first time in over a month things felt slightly back to normalThe first round of the NFL draft should have been a series…

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NFL commissioner Goodell expresses concern for Antonio Brown’s wellbeing

Wide receiver has been involved in several brushes with lawGoodell made comments during state of league addressThe NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, has expressed concern for the health of Antonio Brown after a string of troubling incidents involving th…

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The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcastersEven in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFL’s latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant …

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Taking a knee: two years on, where does the NFL stand? – video explainer

On August 26, it will be exactly two years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick divided the United States when he took a knee during the national anthem. As the NFL preseason gets underway, players, owners and fans st…

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Trump says NFL players who kneel for anthem shouldn’t play – or be paid

President ‘can’t believe’ NFL anthem debate remains in playTrump proposes two-step punishment for players who kneelPresident Donald Trump is once again inserting himself into the culture war over protests by NFL athletes during the national anthem.Trum…

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signs reported $200m contract extension

NFL extends Goodell’s contract for another five years ending standoffDeal comes amid opposition from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry JonesNFL commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a five-year contract extension, ending an extended standoff with Dallas Cowbo…

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Donald Trump blasts ‘ungrateful fool’ LaVar Ball as war of words escalates

President continues feud with LaVar Ball in series of pre-dawn tweetsTrump on LaVar: ‘a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair’Potus also rips into NFL commissioner over reported anthem resolutionPresident Donald Trump doubled down in his…

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Donald Trump blasts ‘ungrateful fool’ LaVar Ball as war of words escalates

President continues feud with LaVar Ball in series of pre-dawn tweetsTrump on LaVar: ‘a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair’Potus also rips into NFL commissioner over reported anthem resolutionPresident Donald Trump doubled down in his…

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Jones to reportedly sue NFL over Roger Goodell as storm continues for league

Cowboys owner unhappy over anthem protest and player suspensionCommissioner Roger Goodell is seeking a contract extensionThe NFL, already wrestling with issues such as player protests and declining television ratings, is apparently under attack from wi…

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Will Donald Trump bring down the NFL’s once untouchable leader Roger Goodell?

Despite a string of controversies the NFL commissioner’s ability to generate money for owners helped protect him. But now their patience is wearing thinHow odd would it be if, after a tumultuous decade of debacle and debate in Roger Goodell’s NFL, the …

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Kaepernick expected to attend players’ meeting with owners on social issues

Free-agent quarterback invited to meet with NFL players and ownersKaepernick has reportedly signed book contract worth more than $1mLeague spox: ‘NFL brand is always about unity and not about politics’Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaeper…

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The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened

For a while the world’s most lucrative league supported its players in the face of hostility from Donald Trump. Then the NFL looked at its bottom line

Somehow this is where we find ourselves in America in 2017: the president of the United States uses race to drive a wedge between football players and their fans while the world’s most-lucrative sports league caves to his tweets.

NFL players are sacrificing their brains for a league that will make at least $14bn off them this year. Many are shorting their memories, breaking their bodies and forgoing any hope of walking normally past the age of 45. The majority of them do not have guaranteed contracts and while the very best are paid well for the tiny window that is their professional career, they remain among the most exploited of American professional athletes – their sports lives dangling by the sturdiness of their ACLs.

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NFL boss Roger Goodell says all players should stand for the national anthem

In a letter to the league’s 32 teams concerning players’ protests against police brutality, Goodell urged them to ‘move past this controversy’ and ‘honor our flag’

All NFL players should stand during the national anthem, the football league’s boss, Roger Goodell, said on Tuesday, as the controversy over protests against police brutality by players and their dispute with Donald Trump rumbled on.

In a letter to the NFL’s 32 teams, Goodell said a plan was under way to “move past” the debacle.

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Brain trauma is scary, but the NFL is as popular as ever. The people have spoken

Football’s head trauma epidemic is affecting the NFL, but in ways that could unpredictably affect the sport’s heretofore bulletproof business model

Like training camp stories on the upside of undrafted rookies, the reports of the NFL’s death are greatly exaggerated. When the latest study with sobering findings on the sport’s impact to its participants brains hit last week, revealing that 110 of 111 brains of former NFL players were found to have CTE, the result was the now-standard concussion news cycle punditry proclaiming that the NFL could face extinction in the not-so-distant future.

That argument was only bolstered two days later when Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman (and MIT PhD candidate) John Urschel abruptly retired from football at age 26, adding to the trend of NFL players deciding to step away from the sport early in their careers.

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