Roger Goodell’s Letter To Fans

Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to all NFL fans today. It is posted below for you to review/ridicule.

To NFL Fans:

The National Football League is at its best when the focus is on the players and the action on the field, not on labor negotiations.

All of us who love the sport appreciate the skills and dedication of the players and coaches. That is why we are focused not just on what happens on the field but what our game will be like in another decade or two. The NFL has always tried to look ahead, to innovate, and to constantly improve in all we do.

We recognize that some decisions may be difficult to accept in the passion of the moment, but my most important responsibility is to improve the game for this generation and the next.

I believe in accountability, not excuses. And I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game. You deserve better.

As a lifelong fan, this wasn’t an easy process for anyone involved. I particularly want to commend the replacement officials for taking on an unenviable task and doing it with focus and dedication in the most adverse of circumstances.

Our new agreement gives long-term stability to an important aspect of our game, officiating. More important, with this agreement, officiating will be better in the long run. While the financial issues received the most attention, these negotiations were much more about long-term reforms. For example, beginning with the 2013 season, the NFL will have the option of hiring a number of officials on a full-time basis to work year-round, including on the field. In addition, the NFL will have the option to retain additional officials for training and development purposes, and may assign those additional officials to work NFL games.

We are moving forward with the finest officials in sports back on the field. It’s time to put the focus where it belongs – on the clubs and players and our magnificent game, with a special thanks to our fans for their passion.

Roger Goodell

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  • Altarium

    Woke up to that letter in my inbox, and it the general message I got from it was “well it took three weeks of regular season games with many blown calls, but what we were doing was the right thing to do”. Whether it was all Goodell or the owners or some mix of both, they need to just admit it was all about the bottom line.

    • steve james

      Why? Is it a secret? (NO) Is that going to change things if they do? (NO) They pretty much did when they said the focus was on the financial aspect. Again when are contract negotiations ever about anything else? In any sport or for that matter life in general?

      • Altarium

        I’m not saying it was a secret, just giving my opinion that when Goodell says the negotiations “were much more about long-term reforms”, that’s not admitting that the league just didn’t want to shell out more money. As I read it, when he says “the financial issues received the most attention”, he’s talking about media and fan attention, not the attention that the league gave to financial issues. Of course, I could just be reading it all wrong lol

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