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Goodell led voting wire-to-wire

Updated: August 9, 2006, 8:43 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- In a league where it took 23 votes to elect Pete Rozelle in 1960 and a dozen ballots to tab Paul Tagliabue as his successor in 1989, Roger Goodell's ascension to the NFL's top management spot here Tuesday was remarkably brief, with owners requiring just five rounds to select him.

And, according to two NFL owners who supported Goodell's candidacy from the outset, and who publicly endorsed him before the balloting began Tuesday afternoon, his victory was a wire-to-wire ...

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