Chicago Bears: Roger Goodell

Mayor talks Chicago Super Bowl

June, 7, 2013
CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued his push to have his city host the Super Bowl during a recent conversation with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the mayor's spokesperson confirmed Friday.

"The mayor and Roger Goodell spoke last week on a number of matters," Emanuel's spokesman, Tom Alexander, said to "They speak or see one another on occasion. The mayor spoke with the commissioner about several things that would allow Chicago and the NFL to expand their already wonderful relationship. Chicago is a great sports town and a great football town, and the mayor wants to build on these strengths."

Besides talk of Soldier Field hosting the Super Bowl, Emanuel also pitched the idea of Chicago becoming the new home of the annual NFL draft. The league is considering moving the draft out of New York City's Radio City Music Hall after 2014.

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Goodell ponders a Chicago Super Bowl

May, 31, 2012
CHICAGO – -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel discussed Thursday the possibility of Soldier Field hosting a Super Bowl.

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Roger Goodell let down by Pro Bowl

February, 5, 2012
The quality of play in this season's Pro Bowl has drawn criticism from fans, former players and at least one player who played in the game. On Sunday, commissioner Roger Goodell said you can add his name to the list of detractors.

In an appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" on Sunday, Goodell said the league must address the quality of the game and even said he would consider eliminating the all-star game if it can't be improved upon.

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NFL may employ full-time refs in 2012

January, 15, 2012
BALTIMORE -- Aiming to ensure NFL rules are enforced the same way from game to game, the league will consider making about 10 officials full-time employees next season.

As of now, all game officials are part-time employees.

Responding to a question about consistency in officiating while speaking to a group of about 75 fans before Sunday's playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the proposal would bring a group of officials to the league offices in New York to help review game films and evaluate the calls.

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Goodell OK with cold Super Bowls

February, 4, 2011
DALLAS -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not closing the book on cold weather cities hosting future Super Bowls.

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Goodell weighs in on Favre

December, 20, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stood behind the Minnesota Vikings' decision to start quarterback Brett Favre only two days after ruling the veteran out to face the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

"I haven't got much of an update on that, other than to say that these are medical decisions," Goodell said. "The status of an individual is based on medical reports. As I understand, he wasn't capable of playing two days ago, and he's made tremendous progress."

Goodell is busy dealing with another Favre topic -- his alleged inappropriate behavior toward a former New York Jets employee in 2008 when Favre was playing for New York.

"As soon as I reach a conclusion, I'll be announcing that," Goodell said. "I'm not going to put a timetable on that. I'm still following up on some of the information and making sure we're being thorough"

Goodell to talk at 6 p.m. CT

December, 20, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS -- Officials here in the press box at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota just announced that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet at 6 p.m. CT with reporters.

Given the conditions here, all the hoopla concerning Brett Favre’s designation on the injury list (the quarterback moved from “out” to “questionable”, and all the talk throughout the week about potentially dangerous conditions, there’s a good chance Goodell will field plenty of questions.

So as soon as we get a chance to speak with the Commissioner, we’ll give you the latest.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A day after NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith rated the seriousness of the league's labor situation a 14 on a scale of 1-10, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell used far softer rhetoric on the subject.

"I couldn't make that prediction, and I sure hope he's wrong," Goodell said Friday. "I sure hope it doesn't become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We don't need a lot of focus on that, we need to take advantage of the opportunity we have right now to structure an agreement, and sit down and negotiate. That's how this is going to get done, and we will have an agreement. It's just a matter of when."

"But talking about options like work stoppages is not going to get us there. We need to sit down and make those deals and figure out how to structure something that makes sense. A work stoppage is not a positive outcome for anybody. Both sides will lose money, and the fans most importantly, will lose football."

"We have got to avoid that, and our commitment and our determination is to work hard to do that."

Goodell claims owners have lost $200 million since 2006.