Jason Cole of B/R spoke to three NFL owners in the past week who said that they’re tired with the entire DeflateGate situation, as well as the cost the league has incurred during the past seven months.
The owners point to the bad relationship between commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL Players Association as being the root cause for why this matter has drawn out so long.
Interestingly enough, the owners are considering the idea of shifting authority over appeals from Goodell to an independent appeals process. With the growth of the league, it could be best for all parties to implement a new appeals process, even if the commissioner end up losing the power to rule on these matters.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t tired of hearing about DeflateGate no matter what their opinion of the case is.
Brady and the NFLPA have filed a lawsuit against the league that will be heard in Manhattan, but even judges have recommended that the league and the union work on getting better at sorting out their own issues.
The past year has only hurt Goodell’s image across the board with the Ray Rice saga and other questionable decisions made by the league. In the end, it would almost certainly be best for them to start working with an independent arbitrator to settle matters.
We’ll have more regarding potential changes to Goodell’s role in the appeals process as the news is available.