Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:42 PM
Stewart, good point about the relationship between Goodell and the owners. Just like in baseball, the commissioner has to serve his masters, the owners.
Goodell has been in charge of two public relations disasters, though, and the owners rely on him to keep the league looking good in the public eye. The league got away with the first one, the players lockout in 2011. By settling during the preseason, by the time the games started, the lockout was mostly forgotten by the public.
This dispute may be different. Because of last night's disaster during a high profile Monday Night Football game, the lockout has become an issue outside of the sports world. Even the president commented today that he hopes the lockout is settled soon. It is Goodell's job to make the league look good and it certainly doesn't look good today.
Assuming the lockout is resolved in the next week or two, which it could happen because the money involved here is so incredibly small, Goodell and the league will probably not suffer any long term PR consequences.
There is a risk here. When the 1994 baseball strike caused the last three months of the season to be canceled, including the World Series, it took a couple of years for baseball to return to the public's good graces.
If the referees lockout continues and there is a widespread players revolt, the general public, not just sports fans, could get fed up with the NFL very quickly. I read today of players talking about taking a knee on every play, effectively stopping the games. I don't see that happening now but if the lockout is still in effect in week 10, it could happen.
I wouldn't want to be Roger Goodell then.
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