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Goodell is face of NFL criticism

Commissioner inevitably faces brunt of criticism on behalf of owners

Originally Published: October 2, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

Although the referee lockout is over, anger toward commissioner Roger Goodell has not subsided. While serving at the behest of his owners, Goodell assumed the role as the face of a league presenting a devalued product in the name of trying to squeeze a better deal. Players, coaches, fans and media were angry; the scapegoat was and is Goodell. And Goodell's letter apologizing to fans only exacerbated the vitriol.

Through lockouts of both the players and the officials, scores of player-conduct ...

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