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Who's Killing the NFL's Golden Goose?

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Steve DuranContributor IJune 2, 2009

Is it time to start asking for a new NFL Commissioner? 

In the short time Roger Goodell has been in office, things just seem to have gotten away from him.  Coaches getting a small fine for cheating before a Super Bowl, players are willing to lie directly to him, apparently without fear of his office or reprisal. Players going gangster and actually shooting themselves in the leg.

All this makes for a very busy man. However, two even bigger decisions are on the horizon and it appears Roger Goodell either is asleep at the wheel or just isn't the right man at the right time.

The first of these problems is the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While it is a well known fact the country is in a recession/depression, the player's agents are operating under the premise that the bar is still open.

The owners, on the other hand, feel that $1.25 billion dollar stadiums are the new standard, and everyone should pony up for the Castle in their Empire. 

The players feel that 61 percent of the league's revenue is justifiable and want to see the unedited books to confirm the owner's claim of poverty.

The owners insist that while this stadium may look like $1.25 billion dollars, we are really losing money because the players expense is too high. No, it shouldn't be necessary for you to actually see the books—just take our word for it.

While this verbiage will continue for the next year and a half, what is important is signing a deal before the 2011 season. I say this because Mr. Goodell doesn't have a good track record of holding employees accountable, and this translates into trouble. 

If the players representatives are not convinced Roger Goodell is sincere and honest about the finances, there will be a work stoppage. 

If their is a strike or a shortened season in 2011, baseball just got the momentum back and we could have a renewed interest in America's Pastime.

The second major decision Mr. Goodell needs to put to bed is the story leaked about interest in playing a Super Bowl in London. This loosely veiled opinion poll was a test to measure the public outcry. 

Either the NFL is making a lot more money than they are willing to let on, or again Roger is asleep at the wheel. 

During a recession/depression the NFL should be concerned with protecting its fan base, not losing the respect and loyalty of the few remaining fans that can afford to buy tickets at today's inflated prices.

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