by Kent Sterling
Only one thing could cause significant erosion of support among NFL owners for Roger Goodell to remain in his role as commissioner of the NFL, and that is an attack on their wallets.
Goodell could have twerked and farted at the podium during yesterday’s ineffective press conference, and still the owners would praise their fair-haired boy because Goodell is taking all the slings and arrows from the players, media, and public that would otherwise be headed toward them.
That was the point of the player conduct policy enacted in 2007 – take the discipline out of the purview of the teams and owners. Let Goodell take the heat.
The only thing a billionaire (and all 32 of the NFL franchise owners are billionaires) avoids with more passion than being the bad guy is becoming a lowly millionaire. They hire bad guys – hatchet men – to handle the unpleasant stuff.
For those who watch the excellent “Ray Donovan” on Showtime, Ezra pays Ray really well to handle the unsavory aspects of his business. While Goodell doesn’t run around beating the hell out of people like Donovan does, he does handle all of the ugly stuff that owners loathe.