Thursday afternoon the NFL bloggers for SB Nation (myself included) were given the opportunity to speak with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and chief negotiator Jeff Pash. They addressed issues such as the current NFL lockout, comments made by Adrian Peterson, stadiums and proposed rules changes. As expected, much of what he said was the same as what he shared in previous interviews.
Goodell explained that the reason why he and the league were reaching out to give an interview to the blog community was because they (the league) "
As for the incoming college class that perhaps is the most affected by the lockout, as they have not been paid up until now and the lack of an agreement keeps them from signing contracts after the draft, Goodell was sure to emphasize that "nobody is being overlooked." Obviously the incoming rookie class is not being overlooked, but they are the least of the concerns of the league. They are not yet players.
One thing that I personally found to be new information was his comment about stadiums. One thing the owners are looking for in the new CBA is a way that "
One thing I had to look into was when he said how "
Obviously anything that would allow the league to privately fund their facilities is a positive thing.
Some questions I had prepared that went unasked were dealing with the 18-game schedule and if the TV blackout rule would ever be revisited, considering Goodell himself said "o
Again, nothing said was ground-breaking, but it did make it clear that the league is sending the same message everywhere they go, and that money is an issue.
Perhaps the only positive I saw was that the league is seeking to find ways to keep the cost of attending games from rising too far, thus pricing themselves out of a product. We will see what happens in the weeks to come.