Why Roger Goodell's Meeting With Ray Rice And His Wife Was A Bad Idea

On June 16, Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, the woman he knocked out in an Atlantic City resort elevator, met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in his office. Four other men were present, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King: Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, team president Dick Cass, and NFL mucky-mucks Jeff Pash and… » 7/28/14 2:35pm Yesterday 2:35pm

ESPN Spent The Past 24 Hours Carrying Water For The NFL Over Ray Rice

On occasion, the invisible hand of the NFL taps ESPN on the shoulder and reminds the Worldwide Leader who really runs the show. We saw it with Playmakers. We saw it with the Frontline concussion documentary. More often than not, though, what you see is something like the video above, taken from the past day of… » 7/25/14 1:55pm Friday 1:55pm

How Did Roger Goodell's Twitter Chat Go? Not So Well!

Roger Goodell apparently didn't see what happened to NCAA president Mark Emmert when he held an #AskEmmert Q&A on Twitter a few weeks ago, because Goodell hopped on his computer and hosted an #AskCommish chat with NFL fans today. Predictably, he ended up getting flooded with people saying hilarious and mean things to… » 5/06/14 4:32pm 5/06/14 4:32pm

The NFL Now Wants $15.1 Million From M.I.A., Because The NFL Is Crazy

It was pretty goddamn ridiculous—for reasons explained here and here—when the NFL decided that it was going to sue M.I.A. for flipping the bird during her Super Bowl halftime performance, but according to new documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the league's suit against M.I.A. has now gone from silly to… » 3/17/14 6:22pm 3/17/14 6:22pm

Non-Profit Executive Roger Goodell Made $29.5M In 2012

The National Football League, as everyone knows, is a not-for-profit charity, the chief purpose of which is to promote the growth of the sport of football. Sure, it rakes in hundreds of millions of tax-exempt dollars annually, and pays its executives tens of millions, but why not? Who can quibble with its sterling… » 1/22/14 2:57pm 1/22/14 2:57pm

How Roger Goodell And ESPN Use Each Other

The NFL Network may not be the monolith the league once envisioned, but Roger Goodell likes having it around for what it forces others to do, particularly ESPN. Goodell alluded to this on Monday while speaking to Hearst employees—Hearst owns 20 percent of ESPN—during the media company's regularly held "master classes"… » 10/01/13 11:40am 10/01/13 11:40am