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Goodell: 18 games 'right thing' for NFL

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08:03 AM ET 05.27 | Roger Goodell took on another round of season ticket holders, this time in Tennessee. Fans asked Goodell questions on a number of subjects, from rules on illegal hits to scheduling prime-time games -- the Titans were shut out on the 2011 schedule -- to possible expansion to Los Angeles. He was asked multiple times about whether regular-season games could be lost. "Our intention is to play a full 2011 season." ... Some topics Goodell addressed in the 30-minute teleconference with fans: On an 18-game season: "We do think it is attractive to season-ticket holders. I hear that all of the time from our season-ticket holders. We have not abandoned our position on that. We do think it is the right thing for the game."

The Tennessean

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May 27, 2011  08:12 AM ET

Roger, season ticket holders complaining about paying full price for pre season games is not the same thing as a demand for an 18 game season.

May 27, 2011  08:21 AM ET

18 game season = more concussions. Pretty soon, every retired player will be as soft in the head as Roger Goodell.

May 27, 2011  08:22 AM ET

If they go to 18 games they will have to consider expanding the rosters as well. However, this will "water down" the overall talent level in the NFL. More games give more to the fans but will the product on the field be as good if the bigger stars are injured or sit out more often at the end of the season to save themselves for the playoffs?

May 27, 2011  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

18 game season = more concussions. Pretty soon, every retired player will be as soft in the head as Roger Goodell.

I think he has a lifetime perscription for that blue pill.

May 27, 2011  08:27 AM ET

This guy just doesn't get it, and he's sounding more like a wind-up doll each time he talks. Pull the string and get the same answer each time. It's the surest sign that someone is in way over their head.

May 27, 2011  08:29 AM ET

Not sure about this!

May 27, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Every time Goodell opens his mouth and spews his tripe, this comes to mind for me...

May 27, 2011  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

18 game season = more concussions. Pretty soon, every retired player will be as soft in the head as Roger Goodell.

Agree.... Anybody heard, don't fix what ain't broke.

May 27, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Can we get at least 16 games.

May 27, 2011  08:38 AM ET

16 game season, $20.00 seats for preseason games. That is more like what we want!

May 27, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Can we get at least 16 games.

Amen to that...

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May 27, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Stick to 16...it is working

May 27, 2011  08:59 AM ET

So, they've moved the kickoff line up so we get more touchbacks, fewer runbacks and a generally less interesting game, all in the name of reducing injuries. Then they want to go with an 18-game season when half the team is in traction before the playoffs already?

Make up your mind, Roger, if you can find it.

May 27, 2011  09:05 AM ET

If Roger had ever played football in the NFL, he wouldn't want those two extra games.

May 27, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If Roger had ever played football in the NFL, he wouldn't want those two extra games.

If Roger was playing in the NFL, I'd want those extra two games so he could get clobbered some more.

May 27, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Roger, season ticket holders complaining about paying full price for pre season games is not the same thing as a demand for an 18 game season.

it's called a prelude to raising ticket prices ... yet again

May 27, 2011  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

18 game season = more concussions. Pretty soon, every retired player will be as soft in the head as Roger Goodell.

At least the ex-players have an excuse for their brain damage. Choirboys' brain damage comes from spending to much time alone with the local priest. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Goodell has got to go. He is simply not a football guy. He should be a ballet choreographer or a interior decorator. Something more suited to his abilities.

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May 27, 2011  09:32 AM ET

Here we go again. This Goodell is a big pain in the ****.

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