Rodger Goodell gives ‘State of the NFL’
On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave his annual “State of the NFL” press conference, in which he discussed topics of cold weather Super Bowls, HGH testing, and player safety.
About a week ago Joe Flacco called the idea of a Super Bowl in a cold weather location “retarded.” Yesterday, Goodell addressed the topic and said that next year’s Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey area will be a big factor in determining if other cold weather cities might hold the big game, according to the New York Daily News.
Goodell said, ”Undoubtedly the game next year is going to have an impact on future decisions for open-air cold-weather sites.
And I believe the membership has supported this through their vote of awarding the Super Bowl there, that not only is the community prepared for this, they have a great stadium with two teams. The plans that have been developed for the Super Bowl, I think, are extraordinary. They’re just beginning to be released. And we will be prepared for the weather factors. This community can do that.”
Goodell also talks about HGH testing and coming to terms with the National Football League Player Association, according to the Washington Post.
“It’s the right thing to do for the integrity of the game. And it’s also the right thing to do, to send the right message to everybody else in sports: You don’t have to play the game by taking performance-enhancing drugs. The science is there. There is no question about that,” Goodell said about testing for HGH.
Players safety was a big topic that Goodell talked about. Goodell spoke of adding neurosurgeons to the medical staff on the field to help monitor concussions, according to the Chicago Tribune. He is also looking at eliminating low blocks and how to improve the fields conditions.
About player safety Goodell said, ”And the focus was on defenseless players. I think we’re going to have to continue to see discipline escalate, particularly on repeat offenders. It’s not just the defenseless player being protected, it’s the person doing the striking.”