League Notes: Goodell, Anti-Tampering, Mexico, NFLPA

The issues regarding the current Roger Goodell contract negotiations have been well documented over the past few months. From problems stemming from power over the league to the notable grievances Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has brought up throughout the process, the efforts towards a deal have not been without a lot of public mud throwing. However, a deal is still expected to be reached during or right before the Owners Meeting kick off in Dallas on December 13, according to sources talking to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

Schefter also adds that attempts to delay the contract agreement has dissipated “meaningfully”, according to one league source. There’s always been a belief that ultimately both sides would agree on the terms, it was more of a question of when those final talks would take place. The insider relays that Goodell is expected to be paid up to $40 MM a year from 2019-2023 if all his bonuses come to fruition. This would make the commissioner a whopping $200 MM if these reported numbers are correct. The reported base salary would still be in the single-digit million dollar range, but his extra compensation would push his pay up to those higher-end rates.

It remains to be seen what type of impact this public dispute will have on Goodell’s power in terms of moving forward even after a deal is reached, but that’s probably a separate issue for the commissioner who’s looking to maintain his hold on the league for another five years.

  • Schefter also passed along that the NFL sent out a league-wide email last week reminding teams of new anti-tampering rules in regards to general manager interviews. The new rules allow for less strict guidelines for potential interviews for candidates on opposing teams. Schefter notes that one of the changes allows for teams to interview people even if they have control of their current team’s 53 man roster during the interview process. A anonymous NFL executive told Schefter that the new rules will have a “big impact” on front office movement during the offseason. While fans are used to seeing team personnel changes every year, this new adjustment should increase the amount of rumors that swirl in terms of what front office executives will be coming and going from franchises across the league.
  • Today, the NFL and the Mexico Ministry of Tourism announced a new deal that will keep the league playing in Mexico from 2019-2021. The NFL’s Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora posted a tweet of the agreement, which states that there will be a regular season game played in Mexico City for the next three years after the current contract ends next season. The move clearly indicates that the league is still looking to maintain and even gain more of a presence internationally. The Raiders have played in both contests in Mexico so far, so you would think that the NFL will continue to give international fans a chance to keep seeing them even after they relocate to Las Vegas.
  • In NFLPA news, a former challenger of current head of the union DeMaurice Smith, attorney Cyrus Mehri is being open about his concerns with how the organization is being run. Apparently, Mehri sent a report to players across the league accusing Smith of spending “excessive” amounts of money on legal fees in order to fight off challengers, including himself, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Maske reports that the remarks from Mehri stated that the Players Union spent over $113 MM in legal fees when a league like the NBA was only spending about $1.5 MM in a similar amount of time. While Smith did end up holding onto his current job, this news opens up questions about some of the inner workings of the union under the control of Smith. We’ll see what defense the NFLPA comes out with because they have yet to comment on this situation and they will likely need to address these shady reports if Smith hopes to stand on firmer ground with his players in the months to come.


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4 comments on “League Notes: Goodell, Anti-Tampering, Mexico, NFLPA

  1. sportsfan101

    Screw goodell multiple players and anonymous executives have publicly stated there stance against his new contract as they should make upwards of double to triple most players and never having to take a hit, is that fair? No while yes he does being more money to owners pockets I don’t see the NFL salary cap equally those profits meaning no players are not making money off goodell like the owners are. He had handled almost every situation he’s been in charge of wrong, 2 games to ray rice with significant evidence but 6 games to zeke? Yea jones is right goodell is making up for his past failures. Ratings are down attendance is down endorsements are suffering? Why bring him back he can’t even handle those who disrespect our flag our country and our military who kneel during the national anthem and for those who wanna argue this understand as a player your still being paid pregame and legally if you perform any kind of anti American acts in every company your subject to be fired so yes what there doing is wrong protest in your free time when your not getting paid.

    • badco44

      It has and always will be a respect deal, and to those that have paid the ultimate price….second I really do not pay money to watch NFL games to watch protests. Nor do I watch Actors or Actresses, or Rock Stars or anyone that takes advantage to express political beliefs nor opinions when I’m footing the damn bill… just a thought

  2. TJECK109

    Players are covered by a union and unless it’s in the contract negotiated between players and owners the players have the freedom to take a knee. Isn’t that exactly what the military fights for? Our freedoms. Taking a knee is a freedom. It’s not being anti American. Protest is a freedom. You want to compare Zeke to something that happened 4 years ago with Rice? You think 2 games is enough? It’s 6 games today cause the NFL learned from the Rice incident.

    • Polish Hammer

      36 U.S. Code § 301 – National anthem
      US Code

      The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
      (b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
      (1) when the flag is displayed—
      (A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
      (B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
      (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
      (2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

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