NFL Labor Negotiations: Is Roger Goodell Forever Destroying His Legacy?

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIMarch 1, 2011

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04:  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Come March 4, the National Football League's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will expire, and Roger Goodell will be commissioner of a league that is headed for a lockout.

Although the labor issues are between the owners and the players and who will get what percentage of the revenue, as the commissioner, it is Goodell's job to bring these two parties together.

Not everyone is a huge fan of Goodell already, but he has done some very good and prosperous things for the NFL.

The last few years have been filled with economic problems, but Goodell has still managed to fill seats and make the game of football as popular as ever.

Goodell has also focused on players' safety of late, and even though his technique has been a bit strange, his thought process is for the best of the league.

With all of this in mind, Goodell's legacy could crumble to pieces if there is a lockout—the first work stoppage in the NFL since 1987.

One can almost feel bad for Goodell because it is not entirely his fault the NFL could potentially not have a season next fall. Goodell has made multiple attempts to alleviate the problem.

Goodell has already said that if there is no season, he will lower his salary to $1, which is probably more of a publicity stunt than a big deal fiscally.

When push comes to shove, I think Goodell will bring the sides together because everyone will realize that by arguing over a few million dollars, they are missing out on many million more.

Goodell may have been commissioner of the most watched event in American television history (Super Bowl XLV), but if the players and owners don't get along soon, all he will be remembered for is not bringing the sides together for the good of the league—and more importantly the good of fans.

Fell free to comment below what you think the legacy of Roger Goodell will be.