Originally posted by dj43:Originally posted by KegBert:Originally posted by RishikeshA:Why don't the owners eliminate Goodell.
Why would they? Goodell doesn't do anything the owners don't tell him to do, he's a puppet and the owners pull the strings. As long as he keeps doing their bidding and fattening their pockets he will be the commissioner. Unfortunately it may very well come at the expense of the integrity, of this sport we all love so dearly love.
First of all, I don't put much credence in this report. That having been said, Goodell is a pawn of the owners, and the owners are concerned, first and foremost, with their investment. The injury factor, particularly concussions, is becoming a very big deal and the cost of litigation down the road is something that could drive owners to agree to some pretty big changes in the game if it will reduce their liability concerns. To that end, it would not be all that big of a surprise to see this modification be made despite the traditional of the kickoff. Nothing is sacred when it challenges the empire of the billionaires who own the league.
My comment wasn't prompted by the report, I was just responding to the question of why the owners don't get rid of goodell. But that's my point, pawn or puppet whatever you want to call it, goodell doesn't do anything that the owners don't want him to do. Your definitely right in the fact that it all comes down to the money. With all these lawsuits being filed by past players the league needs to protect itself and the main way for them to do that is to take steps to show that they are making the game safer. Such as eliminating kickoffs and helmet to helmet hits etc.
My question is, why don't they just have players sign a waiver when they enter the league stating that they understand the risk and that they won't sue? Seems like that would clear up any risk of future lawsuits.