The NFL is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The owners select Goodell to run, in essence, their club of football teams. He has to do as he's told or they will find a new Commish.
Sure, the owners also agree with it and want the potential money, but he is the one spearheading that push. Obviously he can't do anything the owners don't want but he does have the power to spearhead certain initiatives that are advantageous to the owners.
He just has to get the players and teams on board first, which may not be all that difficult.
The league doesn't see a dime in profits. The individual teams do.
All revenue the league brings in (fines, TV deals, etc) pays for the league operational costs and what's left over gets spread out amongst the 32 teams.
He's put in place to be their lightening rod. He takes the hits; that's what he's paid to do.
Hate this, no matter who is behind it.
14 teams at most. Teams like the Jets and Rams would be in the playoffs under a 16 team playoff. Nothing against those teams, but I don't need to see that. MLB and NFL have the best playoffs IMO because so few teams get in, the NHL and NBA let half the league in and it diminishes the acheivement of making the playoffs, as well as the overall level of play in the playoffs...
Having said that, I'm sure it will happen eventually. This is an easier fight than the 18 game schedule.
Remember how everyone screamed when a 7-9 Seahawks team made the playoffs a couple of years ago? Imagine that almost every year. Last year for example there were 6 AFC and 6 NFC teams with winning records. More spots means setting things up for .500 or losing teams to make the playoffs.
He's the CEO but they're the Board of Directors & they can vote him out at any time.Quote:
He's put in place to be their lightning rod. He takes the hits; that's what he's paid to do.
Next time y'all start bitching about "greedy players" & strikes & lawsuits, try to keep in mind that as much money as they make, they're still only employees, mostly very short-term hires, who when contracts are violated or working conditions unsafe have no ultimate recourse except the threat of court action.
Why not emulate baseball and have a 162 game regular season - that should improve safety! :179421:
And they do have recourse. They have a union. If they wanted better working conditions or more of a meaningful recourse, they should have found a way to get it in the CBA.