Let’s put it this way: Would you have been watching Miami Vice back in the 1980s if you knew that Don Johnson would be suspended for six episodes because he may have tested positive for marijuana use?
Would you have been interested in watching The Sopranos if you knew that James Gandolfini would be voided in four episodes because of some rumor that he might have had a domestic dispute with an alleged girlfriend?
Were you less interested in the Iron Man movies – all 3,856 of them – because the lead guy, Robert Downey Jr., had previously been discovered passed out in someone else’s home because of heavy narcotics use?
The answer to each question is almost certainly ‘no.’
This is not to suggest that people don’t have problems or behavioral issues that shouldn’t be addressed and I stress that the first two examples above are strictly hypothetical.
But that doesn’t mean that Roger Goodell is the one to fix these issues or even attempt to address them.
At the present time, all NFL owners have to be looking at Goodell with a curious eye while also wondering just how secure those increasing annual profits really are. They’ll have to be considering the fact that while the current TV deals in place might be etched in stone, that doesn’t mean that they will be again.
There’s a collective bargaining agreement to deal with down the road and, of course, renewed broadcasting negotiations that will go even deeper into the digital arena. Lots of changes and challenges face the National Football League and Goodell doesn’t seem like a strong fit for the next era of professional football.
Jones wants the continued growth of his multi-billion dollar Dallas Cowboys and a professional sports league that has peaked in the United States and there’s positively zero indication that foreign markets have any interest whatsoever – living in Madrid, Spain, I can tell you that the NBA is far more popular than the NFL in the European Union.
Better to protect that big oven that bakes the TV pie and there’s zero chance of that happening so long as Goodell is in his current position. On the bright side, Goodell, of all people, is a multi-millionaire many times over and he’ll have no problem making ends meet moving forward.
Roger Goodell gets booed louder and louder each year as he trots out to announce first-round selections in the NFL draft, no matter where it is. Power may have no problem with being unpopular, but when it threatens that all-powerful establishment that enables it, history shows what happens.