In a surprising reversal of field, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed Paul Tagliabue to hear the appeals of the so-called "Bountygate" scandal. Tagliabue's successor, in delegating the authority to rule to another party, is ceding power in a manner unprecedented in professional sports.
The decision reflects a sense of urgency to wrap up the well-documented investigation of a "pay-for-performance" program operated by the New Orleans Saints during their recent Super Bowl run. The NFL Players Association has challenged Goodell's second issuing of suspensions involving four current and former New Orleans Saints.
As those suspensions are under appeal (again), those players are allowed to take the field, and the scandal drags on.
Not even the NFL can afford to pay its lawyers ad infinitum.
The NFL faces further pressure with the revelation of a "smash-for-cash" program. Documents filed in federal court by the NFLPA indicate the existence of a similar bounty program from 1996 which allegedly was orchestrated by the late Reggie White with the NFL's knowledge and consent.
I explain my thoughts on this latest Bountygate revelation in my latest video. Enjoy the video above and leave your thoughts below in the comments. Thanks for watching.
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