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"What we want to do is get back to focusing on the actions that we want to take to really improve our communities and support our players to get things done,"

Call me cynical, but I think Goodell is terrified of a black players strike if he tries to suppress this.

Not to mention losing any of the various tax subsidies they now enjoy.

Mike Peterson

Well, I certainly think he's found himself in a position where he has to listen to the players and not just the owners. Which may be a less cynical way of saying what you said.

I think the agenda at this owners meeting is going to be "how do we deal with this?" and not "how do we deal with them?"

Mike Peterson

I also think that he was genuinely surprised at how many things the players had been doing in their communities. I'm 100% sure the NFL would rather stage-manage these things, as the Browns did with that (nice, but choreographed) cops-and-players piece, but this was pretty clearly an impromptu interview -- he was in the building and Burlson was off-air and available -- and I got the sense that he really was trapped into kind of admitting that the players had gotten ahead of him and he was playing catch-up.

I hope that doesn't turn out to mean stifling it and turning it into carefully managed PR, but I think that's another thing the owners are going to agonize over at their meeting -- How can we make this work for us? "Spontaneous gestures" are not something guys in suits feel very comfortable with.

Boise Ed

Wow. Your parents'ages struck a nerve. My dad died at 69 and my mom lasted to 96. And yes, I was a bit nervous as I passed his maximum age.

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