Is Roger Goodell’s approach to the NFL unique among major league commissioners? (Part 1)

WHAT’S ROGER GOODELL’S GRADE SO FAR AS NFL COMMISSIONER?
Overall, I like Commissioner Goodell of the National Football League. He’s only been in the position for a handful of years but he’s not afraid of making some tough calls. As in all public positions, some of his decisions have been questioned by critics and he’d be the first to admit he has many things to learn but I think he’s right for the job. At least during this era of professsional football.

It appears he’s trying to take a proactive and assertive stance on many issues confronting the NFL and continues to work hard to ensure NFL football continues to grow.

IS COMMISSIONER GOODELL ACTIVELY PROTECTING THE NFL BRAND?
You can tell he loves professional football and the NFL and will try to do everything in his power to ensure it remains popular and this special brand continues to grow. Active and creative to protect the NFL brand. There will certainly be challenges in future but he’s not afraid to tackle some challenging or controversial topics.

He’s not standing still like some other major professional sports organization leaders. He’s being vulnerable, taking a chance, and trying to evolve with the times. He’s listening to the fans as the NFL evolves and makes potential changes.

Needless to say, the NFL is a very old institution. Many old institutions (including old companies) act old and as time passes become less relevant. Especially in today’s current culture where we have so many entertainment available. I don’t see the NFL anytime soon falling into that trap.

Look, his job is extremely challenging and stressful but he appears to be quite comfortable in that role. He knows he needs to be relevant. He knows he needs to continue to protect the brand every day. He needs to continue to ensure the NFL remains fan friendly. He knows it won’t be easy and there are many challenges on the horizon but he appears to know a lot of what it takes to continue to grow the NFL and maintain its popularity.

From what I see, there are no sacred cows. There’s nothing sacred and everything is on the table except the NFL shield.

OUTDOOR SUPER BOWL IN THE NEW YORK AREA IN 2014
NFL Commissioner was either directly or indirectly involved in talks to host the Super Bowl in a cold weather city in 2014. This will be the first Super Bowl held at an outdoor venue in a cold weather city. Some football fans living in cold climates may ask why it took so long. (Throw me in that camp!)
Regardless, it will become reality, and not surprisingly, Commissioner Goodell was involved.

There are certainly risks here and I say kudos to the Commissioner for making such a far fetch idea a reality. He could “play it safe” and not take any risks but it appears he’s not just about playing it safe. It’s about leadership and continuing to do what they can to continue grow the NFL and protect the brand.

COMMISSIONER GOODELL TOURING DIFFERENT TRAINING CAMPS WITH JOHN MADDEN DURING THE SUMMER OF 2010
I find it interesting and amusing to find Roger Goodell toured some of the NFL training camps on John Madden’s bus. First, Commissioner Goodell touring some of the NFL training camps is a very good thing. He doesn’t have to do this but he’s there and often he’s taking questions from fans, players, and journalists. I can only imagine the types of conversations and chatter that goes on from training camp to training camp.

Could you image Commissioner Stern of the NBA touring around the country and dropping in on the NBA preseason? What about Commissioner Bettman of the NHL touring certain Canadian and American cities as part of the NHL preseason? Could you imagine these two commissioners interacting with the common fan? I’m not sure other commissioners of major sports would engage in this interaction by Mr. Goodell is doing what he thinks is best for the league he represents and it’s less about ego. Does this help to make Commissioner Goodell unique?

(Will be Continued)

Kevin Schwarm

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