The most significant wave of the Commissioner Roger Goodell signing a five-year contract extension of approximately $ 200 million will surface in a few years, as negotiations begin for the next collective bargaining of the NFL. Goodell will once again lead the owners at the negotiating table, which will make the broad disciplinary powers he has exercised so often, in so many high profile cases, a key issue, perhaps the central battle of the talks.
This is how the NFL Players Association can win that confrontation: Do not fight at all.
The NFL Players Association will face pressure from both its members and the public to limit the power of Goodell, and to change Article 46 in the current ACB, the provision that gives Goodell great discretion, the which is cited in federal court when the NFL finally won his case for Tom Brady to suspend four games.
That's the pressure the NFL can use as a club to improve other parts of the next CBA in its favor. It could be the most advantageous aspect of Article 46 for owners at this time. The NFLPA should recognize three key factors and not give an inch to change the language related to Goodell's disciplinary power: it affects only a small percentage of players, the commissaires in each league have similar powers and the NFL property is already recognizing publicly and violently – that Goodell's disciplinary club needs to be reduced.
It is not known what the NFL climate will be like in the period prior to the expiration of the current CBA in 2021. If it is something like this, it will be difficult for the union not to delve into Article 46, which establishes that the Commissioner may impose sanctions "for conduct detrimental to the integrity or public trust in professional football" and may also hear related appeals. In the decade that Roger Goodell served as commissioner of the NFL, player discipline has been his main problem. He has made players loathe him and distrust him and the public lose confidence in him.
And yet, it's a fight that the union should avoid. If the NFLPA wants the commissioner to give up the authority granted in the current CBA, he would have to sacrifice something in the negotiation. The NFLPA should not bother trying to diminish Goodell's power in the next round of CBA negotiations. You should recognize the owners and the public protest will do so eventually, anyway.
Goodell's clumsy and draconian domain of authority has taken all available oxygen in recent years. Deflategate dominated news cycles for more than 18 months, and the Ezekiel Elliott saga, and the resulting legal maneuvers and threats from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, has been one of the biggest stories of the NFL season. Those two cases received so much attention and required so much activity from the NFLPA, that it seemed to be a problem that caught everything. Actually, they were two players.
The NFLPA represents hundreds of players, and Goodell's disciplinary hammer has a direct impact, perhaps a few each year. It does not mean that players do not mind, when any player sees what happened to Brady, he has to know that a similar attack could happen to him. But they should focus on the winnings that apply to all of them directly, starting with their participation in league revenue and player safety concerns.
Especially because the owners themselves seem willing to limit Goodell. The miniature rebellion of Jones shows that the owners understand that Goodell must be stopped in high profile cases. The owners do not want serious court cases involving high-profile stars to eclipse the league product. And, as Jones showed so clearly, they do not want Goodell's deck to land on one of his players. It hurt the NFL when Brady missed four games: the league referees still mention the absence of Brady and other stars, and the others lost by injury, as a crucial factor for the fallen television ratings.
Goodell, in the eyes of the owners, has strengths as a commissioner. He won a hugely favorable CBA and the league's revenues soared. (The fact that they had done it under any commissioner is another matter, but it was Goodell who gave the owners a lot of money). But it is clearly terrible to impart discipline in a way that seems to satisfy any electorate. Jones' constant tantrum this season, following Elliott's six-game suspension, brought home the dissatisfaction of the owners.
Goodell's power is not fundamentally different from any previous NFL commissioner, or any major sports commissioner since the days of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Last month, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred banned a general manager from Major League Soccer for life. Each commissioner, in some way, has wide discretion for punishments. It's just that Goodell uses his in ways that do not serve any party.
When Goodell and the NFL finally won the Deflategate case after a series of appeals and counterattacks, it served to maintain its sweeping power. The ruling gave the league another chip at the negotiating table in the next CBA. There is no reason for players to need to allow the league to use it.
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