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Goodell says Colts owner Irsay may face punishment

(Reuters) - National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell said he was waiting for all the facts to emerge before deciding whether to punish Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for his recent arrest on suspicion of intoxicated driving. Goodell said Irsay took an important step by entering a health-car facility to seek help, but said the team owner remains subject to possible NFL punishment.

Most support Washington Redskins keeping name, says Goodell

By Steve Keating New York (Reuters) - More people, including native Americans, support the Washington Redskins keeping their controversial name, said National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday. Goodell took on the touchy subject during his pre-Super Bowl state of the league address and attempted to defuse the issue by claiming that the vast of majority of football fans, and the American public in general, have no problem with the Redskins name that generated protests last season at stadiums across the league.

NFL: Goodell says London team nearer after triple sellout

London is closer to having its own National Football League team after selling out three regular-season games at Wembley Stadium for next season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday. Two days before the Super Bowl championship spectacle in suburban New York between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, Goodell revealed the ticket sellouts and said the England support had pushed the notion of a London franchise "further down the road."

Goodell says extra point may get the boot

(Reuters) - The NFL could eliminate the extra point as part of its scoring system as the kick has become virtually "automatic", Commissioner Roger Goodell has told NFL Network. In an interview aired on Monday, Goodell said the NFL's Competition Committee was looking at proposals to get rid of the short kick that automatically follows a touchdown.

NFL: Goodell names special counsel to lead Dolphins probe

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed New York attorney Ted Wells to conduct an independent investigation into the Miami Dolphins in the wake of harassment allegations against suspended blocker Richie Incognito. Incognito, an offensive guard, allegedly used racist language and repeated threats to bully fellow blocker Jonathan Martin, his neighbor on the offensive line. Martin left the team in the wake of a lunch room incident last week. Incognito was suspended indefinitely last Sunday.

UPDATE 1-NFL-League and union still at odds over player safety

* Doping tests, hard tackles sticking points * Goodell expects HGH testing next season * He wants players banned for repeat hits to head (Recasts, adds quotes) By Julian Linden NEW ORLEANS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - More than a year after the National Football League (NFL) and the players' union (NFLPA) reached an agreement to end their bitter labor dispute, deep divisions remain.

NFL-Goodell says he couldn't feel "more welcomed" in New Orleans

By Julian Linden NEW ORLEANS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's picture is plastered on the walls of restaurants throughout New Orleans and he has a float dedicated to him in the Mardi Gras parade. But the National Football League boss is not winning any popularity contests in the Big Easy in the build-up to Sunday's Super Bowl.

NFL-Goodell glad for global growth but cagey on next steps

By Simon Evans NEW ORLEANS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Sell-outs of the two NFL contests in London next season are proof of the game's growing global popularity, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday but he carefully avoided talk of a British franchise for the league. The National Football League games at Wembley Stadium will match the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Minnesota Vikings on September 29 and the San Francisco 49ers against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 27.

NFL-Goodell vows to tackle player safety, doping issues

By Julian Linden NEW ORLEANS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The National Football League (NFL) is determined to push ahead with a range of stricter rules for dangerous play and doping to improve player safety, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday. Despite facing ongoing criticism from players and their union, Goodell used his annual address on the state of the game to reinforce the league's commitment to making changes.

NFL-Payton reinstated after serving one season suspension

Jan 22 (Reuters) - New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for a season for his part in a pay-for-pain bounty scandal, has been reinstated, the National Football League said on Tuesday. "We had a very productive discussion," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension.
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