Roger Goodell: Adding A Team In London Further Along Than A Year Ago


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference on Friday in which he fielded questions regarding the state of the league.

One of topic of note was the possibility of placing a franchise in London at some point in the future.

According to Goodell, the idea is “further down the road” than it was a year ago at this time, via the Associated Press.

Goodell mentions that ticket sales have proven to be strong in the London, despite the fact that they added a third game in 2014, which he believes is a strong indication of a growing level of interest in United Kingdom.

Other notes from Goodell’s press conference:

  • Goodell mentioned that the idea adding two more playoffs teams will “continue to get serious consideration.
  • The league could create a centralized location to review officiating calls, according to Goodell.

Well, the most important thing for us — we think there’s plenty of opportunity to improve the game of football and officiating in particular. What we all want is consistency (and) fairness in our officiating. And we believe that we might be able to achieve more consistency with instant replay when there’s more of a centralized version and decision-making process.

  • Goodell cited a poll that says 9 out of 10 Native Americans support the “Redskins” name when asked if he could call a Native American a “Redskin” to their face.
  • Goodell also said that they would like to host the Super Bowl at a number of locations rather than keep going back and forth between a few warm climate cities.
  • Goodell said that the league was to blame for the ticket sales issues that occurred in the Wild Card round.
  • Goodell does not believe that fantasy football qualifies as gambling.

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