Owners reportedly have a favorable view of Roger Goodell once again. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Towards the end of the interminable Deflategate saga, some NFL owners were reportedly souring on Roger Goodell. Several influential league executives, including Falcons owner Arthur Blank and 49ers CEO Jed York, even publicly expressed a desire to see the commissioner vacate his unilateral disciplinary power.
But now, following another year of monstrous profits, Goodell is reportedly back in the good graces of his billionaire overlords.
According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, Goodell’s standing among owners has increased recently. They respect the way he was able to navigate past the Ray Rice and Deflategate fiascos, while serving as a fall guy for the league. The owners are also reportedly thrilled with the way Goodell has handled the league’s concussion crisis. Last year, the Supreme Court left the NFL’s $1 billion settlement with thousands of ex-players who accused the league of masking the dangers of head trauma in place. It’s a favorable deal for the NFL, because it doesn’t cover CTE, which at this point can only be diagnosed posthumously.
With league revenue reaching $14 billion, the NFL seems poised to enter another period of prolonged financial growth. The league gained a whopping $1.65 billion in relocation fees from the Rams, Chargers and Raiders, which will be divided up among all 32 franchises. Every team will receive $53 million as a result of the moves, with none of the money going to the players.
That’s probably a reason why Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who continues to jab at Goodell for Deflategate, expressed support for the Raiders’ relocation at the league meetings this week.
“Now, they have an opportunity to be a very solid, vibrant team,” he said, via Patriots.com. “In the end, we’re in a competitive league, and you can’t compete at the highest level if you don’t have a first-rate stadium. I think that’s what this is really all about.”
As long as the money keeps pouring in, Goodell will likely remain popular among owners. He continues to deliver for them.
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:07am — Anonymous
Michael Irvin is no stranger to legal trouble. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports)
A woman says NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin sexually assaulted her in a Florida hotel last week, according to TMZ.
The 27-year-old accuser told law enforcement she was in a bar with Irvin until the early hours of the morning before returning to his room at the W Fort Lauderdale March 21. Once they got there, the woman says she felt sick and remembers trying to fight off the former NFL star before falling asleep. She told police she believes Irvin drugged and raped her.
Irvin’s attorney, Larry Friedman, says his client isn’t guilty of any wrongdoing.
“The allegations are completely false,” he said, via TMZ. “In the few hours since we’ve learned about them we’ve already discovered many red flags about this young woman’s background and the allegations she made against Michael. Even the complaint that she made specifically says she does not recall the events that took place. She was very drunk that night. Nothing happened and there was no assault.”
The New York Post reports Irvin was at a bar with the alleged victim until roughly 4:30 a.m. The former wideout claims he was only in the room with the woman for 15 minutes, and another man was present as well.
Irvin, who played 12 seasons for the Cowboys, is currently an analyst at NFL Network. He settled a civil suit in 2011 with a woman who accused him of sexual assault.
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:04am — Anonymous
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:57am — Anonymous
Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:57am — Anonymous
Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:56am — Anonymous
Hour 1. Roger Goodell is going to New England, Belichick wore the same clothes, and O’Reilly commented on Maxine Waters’ hair. Renee Graham, from the Boston Globe, thinks Boston is racist.
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:29am — Anonymous
Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP last season. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)
Earlier this week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tom Brady hopes to play for another six or seven more years. Given that Brady will turn 40 in August, that means he expects to stand under center until he’s 46 or 47. It would be a superhuman feat.
“At his age, the only people you’re playing six or seven more years is not legal as things stand right now,” Jones said. “I’m saying to play until you’re 45 years old, you can’t quite do that naturally.”
Jones didn’t back down when he was pressed about whether he was implying Brady would be forced to turn to performance-enhancing drugs to realize his goal.
“That is exactly what I’m saying, because nobody can play NFL football until they’re 45 years old unless they’re a kicker,” he said. “That is an insane thought to have. But part of him being so good is being insane.”
While Brady shows no signs of slowing down –– he led the AFC in passer rating last season –– it’s unfathomable to imagine him continuing to play quarterback into his late 40’s. But then again, it is rather reckless to preemptively accuse somebody of using PEDs.
The only time Brady has even been remotely linked to steroid use was in 2006, when Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer Greg Anderson revealed to prosecutors he once spoke briefly with the Patriots’ quarterback on the phone. Anderson said he didn’t have any conversations with Brady afterwards.
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Minnesota at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850) MLB: Philadelphia vs. Detroit, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: LA Dodgers vs. Seattle, 4 p.m. (MLB Network) NBA: Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m. (NBATV) NBA: Milwaukee at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN) NBA: Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) NHL: Chicago at Pittsburgh, 8p.m. (NBCSN)
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“I feel bad for the city of Oakland, man,” Green said. “I don’t even know how that’s going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city.”
The Raiders’ move to Las Vegas was approved by NFL owners on Monday by a 31-1 vote. The Raiders will stay in Oakland for at least two more seasons until their new $1.9 billion stadium is completed.
“If I was a fan, I wouldn’t attend a game for the next three years, but that’s just me,” Green went on. “That’s ridiculous. No way I would pay my way to attend a game.”
“That’s like moving the Dallas Cowboys or like moving the Packers. Like, moving the Raiders? You can move a lot of teams. Ain’t many fan bases like the Raiders’ fan base. It’s like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from L.A,” Green also said. “Like, you just don’t move certain franchises with the fan base that they have. It’s one thing if you’re moving from Oakland to Fremont or something, but to Las Vegas? I wouldn’t attend a game. I won’t attend a game, and I’m not a die-hard Raiders fan, but I do support the city of Oakland. I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don’t do that.”
Green said he has attended “eight or nine” Raiders games during his time with the Warriors.
“It’s amazing,” Green said. “Every time you go, it never gets old just to see that atmosphere. To see them making a playoff run this year, that s— is amazing. The atmosphere was crazy. I went to the night game when they played Denver. That s— was nuts. You can’t just move that and then expect to get [the fan support] back, either. That’s the thing.”
The Warriors themselves are planning a move from Oakland to San Francisco in 2019.
Mut and Bradfo discuss comments made by ESPN's Boomani Jones, in which he insinuates that the only Brady can continue to play into his 40's is through PEDs.
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