With the complete NFL world posting up in Phoenix, Arizona, for the NFL homeowners conferences, Roger Goodell met with the media to debate the investigation into Washington Commanders proprietor Daniel Snyder’s alleged office misconduct, the sale continuing of the Commanders, the administration of “Thursday Night Football” scheduling, and the place issues stand with Brian Flores’ lawsuit in opposition to the NFL for its lack of range within the head teaching ranks.
Here are a number of the most notable developments from Goodell’s press convention:
The NFL is adamant about releasing the findings of Mary Jo White’s investigation of Daniel Snyder and his office misconduct.
“Both [the investigation and sale of the Commanders] are ongoing,” Goodell mentioned Tuesday. “The Washington Commanders are clearly those conducting the method on the sale, and when there’s a transaction they are going to notify us and we are going to proceed on that one. Mary Jo White gave a quick replace on her course of, and as soon as she concludes that [investigation], we are going to temporary the possession and make the findings public.”
Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones, one of many league’s high energy brokers, mentioned Tuesday that he already is aware of “every part within the report” — an announcement that Goodell refuted whereas on the podium.
“Well, that may be not possible as a result of the one individual I do know that is aware of something concerning the investigation is Mary Jo White and her counterparts,” Goodell mentioned. “Mary Jo White is an expert; she’s not giving entry to anyone. I’m comfy about that.”
The NFL is trying into methods to supply high matchups for its followers on “Thursday Night Football.”
After it was introduced that NFL groups can play in two “Thursday Night Football” video games in a season as an alternative of 1, reigning Super Bowl MVP and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted his disdain, one thing Goodell then addressed.
“I do not suppose we’re placing Amazon over our gamers. … The knowledge would not present increased harm fee. … I hear from gamers who additionally love the ten days after a Thursday night time recreation. We need to attempt to steadiness all of it.”
New York Giants proprietor John Mara known as the thought of flexing a workforce into Thursday Night Football, even with two weeks discover, “abusive” after that was mentioned on the league conferences earlier than the vote was tabled till May.
“I feel being flexed into Monday night time is thoughtless and to flex a recreation again to Thursday to me is simply abusive,” Mara mentioned, by way of The Athletic. “I’m adamantly against it. Fortunately, it did not get sufficient votes immediately, however it would in all probability be re-visited in May.”
When requested about Mara’s feedback, Goodell mentioned the league seems to be at “all of the impacts” when making these sorts of choices.
“Providing the perfect matchups for our followers is what we do, however we take a look at all of the impacts,” Goodell mentioned. “It’s a vital factor to steadiness between the in-stadium followers and those that watch on TV. There is not anyone in that room, anyone in any of our organizations, that do not put followers first.”
Goodell dodged making a direct touch upon Brian Flores’ lawsuit in opposition to the league that alleges discriminatory practices in the case of hiring head coaches.
Goodell mentioned the league will “maintain an eye fixed” on Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores’ lawsuit, as a choose allowed it to proceed to courtroom in March.
“I’m an enormous fan of Brian Flores. He’s a fantastic soccer coach, and I’ve nice respect for him as a person. The Minnesota Vikings are fortunate to have him.”
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