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Roger Goodell avoids flipping the switch

Sidestepping vote on an 18-game season, he gains time to get player input on issue

Originally Published: August 26, 2010
By Sal Paolantonio | ESPN

ATLANTA -- Arthur Blank, the dapper owner of the Atlanta Falcons, arrived early at the Ritz-Carlton on Wednesday for the NFL owners meetings after a short drive from his office north of downtown. Blank was anxious to hear commissioner Roger Goodell's plan for the new 18-game regular-season schedule.

"Will there be a vote?" he was asked. His answer was short and sweet: "If Roger wants one."

When the meeting was over 5½ hours later, Blank was the first ...

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