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BTAU
03-20-2006, 06:50 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2376850&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

NFL commissioner Tagliabue to retire in July
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Paul Tagliabue is retiring as commissioner of the NFL, a league that evolved during his 16-year tenure into the nation's richest and most powerful sports empire.

The 65-year-old Tagliabue will leave the NFL in July with labor peace, unprecedented revenue through television deals and a place in the American consciousness where Sundays mean football.

Tagliabue has been in charge since 1989, when he succeeded Pete Rozelle, and agreed last March to stay to complete the TV deal and a long-term contract with players.

He finally got that done 12 days ago, finishing the most arduous labor negotiations since the league and union agreed on a free agency-salary cap deal in 1992.

"I really want to emphasize how much of a privilege it is to spend most of your adult life with the NFL. This is not an easy decision for me," Tagliabue said on a conference call Monday.

"As difficult as this decision is, I also know it's the right decision. Right for me. Right for the league," he said.

Roger Goodell, the NFL's chief operating officer, and Atlanta general manager Rich McKay are the two leading candidates to succeed Tagliabue. Baltimore Ravens president Dick Cass is considered to have an outside chance.

Tagliabue has said he wants to avoid the kind of seven-month deadlock that occurred between him and the late Jim Finks after Rozelle stepped down in March 1989. Owners will begin the search for a new commissioner at their meetings next week in Orlando, Fla.

As for his own tenure, Tagliabue said, "Building a strong relationship with the NFL Players Association is the thing I'm most proud of."

"Everyone involved in the NFL in the '80s saw that as a negative," he said.

Tagliabue had made no secret that with labor and television deals done, retirement was near.

Last week, he told players' union executive director Gene Upshaw that he would spend the weekend at his vacation home in Maine. Tagliabue also said he might look at buying a boat for retirement.

Upshaw heard about Tagliabue's decision while vacationing in Hawaii, and e-mailed him: "I didn't expect I'd start my Monday morning this way. I guess you bought the boat."

Tagliabue first phone call with the news went to Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney, the NFL's senior owner. The other owners learned of his retirement by e-mail.

"We've got the best labor deal in sports. We've got the best league. He's been our leader. The whole way he's done this has been wonderful," Rooney told The Associated Press.

Tagliabue will stay on with the NFL as a senior executive and a consultant through 2008, part of the contract extension he signed last July.

His term will be remembered most for labor peace following strikes in 1982 and 1987. His close relationship with Upshaw finally led to a long-term agreement after five years without a contract.

But the bargaining was hard this time, with three straight deadline extensions needed. The agreement avoided the prospect of entering free agency this year with the possibility of an uncapped year in 2007.

It came at the expense of revenue sharing among the owners, an issue that had divided high-revenue and small-revenue teams and contributed to the deadlock. He did it with what has been considered his greatest skill as commissioner, patching together a coalition of nine teams with differing viewpoints to reach a compromise considered satisfactory by all but two teams.

He also oversaw a massive stadium building program. More than two-thirds of the NFL's 32 teams are either playing in or building stadiums that didn't exist when he took over as commissioner in 1989.

Before taking on this job, Tagliabue was a league lawyer who spent much of that time as the NFL's representative and unofficial lobbyist in Washington.

"He has been a tremendous asset to our league and the direction we have taken," New Orleans owner Tom Benson said.

"We have experienced very positive growth in the area of revenue sharing and broadcast contracts, we have secured long-term labor peace and have also even encountered some of the worst of times following 9/11, but through it all Paul has been a leader, a friend and a voice that many others within our league and other leagues have followed."

BTAU
03-20-2006, 06:51 PM
http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl

NFL | Rice not interested in becoming NFL commissioner; at least for now
Mon, 20 Mar 2006 14:25:59 -0800

The Associated Press reports secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is not applying for the newly opened post of NFL commissioner - not now, anyhow, her spokesman said carefully Monday, March 20. Rice is enjoying being secretary of state "at the moment," spokesman Sean McCormack said. The wiggle-room in his response after NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced he would retire resonated off frequent only half-joking statements by Rice that as a lifelong football fan she aspires to run the league one day. New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft seems to be in Rice's corner for the football post.

Ultra Peanut
03-20-2006, 07:00 PM
I was like, "Jerry? That negro can dance, but that don't mean White Jesus is going to let him in."

God bless White Jesus.

KcMizzou
03-20-2006, 07:02 PM
http://www.kffl.com/hotw/nfl

NFL | Rice not interested in becoming NFL commissioner; at least for now
Mon, 20 Mar 2006 14:25:59 -0800

The Associated Press reports secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is not applying for the newly opened post of NFL commissioner - not now, anyhow, her spokesman said carefully Monday, Off topic: I didn't realize that "anyhow" was a real word.

I assumed it was redneck slang.

Rain Man
03-20-2006, 07:05 PM
My early vote is for Bronson Pinchot.

Ultra Peanut
03-20-2006, 07:06 PM
an∑y∑how (ĕn'ē-hou') pronunciation
adv.

1. In whatever way or manner; however: I'll cook it anyhow you like. They came anyhow they couldóby boat, train, or plane.
2. In a careless way; haphazardly: clothes stuffed anyhow into the suitcase.
3.
1. In any case; at least: I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet.
2. Nevertheless: It sounds crazy, but I believe it anyhow.**** that. I refuse to legitimize it by pretending it's anything other than crap.

KcMizzou
03-20-2006, 07:08 PM
**** that. I refuse to legitimize it by pretending it's anything other than crap.Agreed.

Blackened
03-20-2006, 07:08 PM
Condi is an admitted Raider fan...Can't imagine having the commish on our side for once..

seclark
03-20-2006, 07:09 PM
Off topic: I didn't realize that "anyhow" was a real word.

I assumed it was redneck slang.
you're thinking of "anyolhow"
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58-4ever
03-20-2006, 07:09 PM
Condi is an admitted Raider fan...Can't imagine having the commish on our side for once..

even more reason to hate that bitch.

Rain Man
03-20-2006, 07:13 PM
you're thinking of "anyolhow"
sec

I like to use the annoying version, just to annoy people.

"Anyhoo."

WilliamTheIrish
03-20-2006, 07:15 PM
She's in over her head now. I don't want her screwing up the CBA

Ultra Peanut
03-20-2006, 07:16 PM
My early vote is for Bronson Pinchot.This is a movement I can get behind.

beavis
03-20-2006, 07:18 PM
This is a movement I can get behind.
Don't be reeeediculous.

HolmeZz
03-20-2006, 07:19 PM
I was like, "Jerry? That negro can dance, but that don't mean White Jesus is going to let him in."

God bless White Jesus.

Getcho black banana-peelin' hands off of me.

Ultra Peanut
03-20-2006, 07:31 PM
Getcho black banana-peelin' hands off of me.Well, that's me having faith. Random, anonymous blackmail.

HolmeZz
03-20-2006, 07:33 PM
Shabazz"D

Ultra Peanut
03-20-2006, 07:37 PM
Shabazz chose not to investigate the shooting outside, nor the highly expositional phrase Eli said afterwards.

HolmeZz
03-20-2006, 07:41 PM
Reaganomics!

Oh wait, that was Robot Chicken.

Ultra Peanut
03-20-2006, 07:51 PM
Reaganomics!

Oh wait, that was Robot Chicken.ROFL

Rain Man
03-20-2006, 08:00 PM
This is a movement I can get behind.

Cool. If it's just me pushing for this, I'm a crackpot. But me and you together, why, we're a bona fide movement.

Ultra Peanut
03-20-2006, 08:03 PM
Cool. If it's just me pushing for this, I'm a crackpot. But me and you together, why, we're a bona fide movement.3/20 NEVAR FORGET

Kerberos
03-20-2006, 09:15 PM
Rich McKay has been mentioned before as a very competant succesor to Tags.

I for one think he would do a great job if he were to be nomintated and actually take it!

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Frazod
03-20-2006, 09:16 PM
I nominate Carl. Anything to get the sonofabitch out of Kansas City. :cuss:

Simplex3
03-20-2006, 09:28 PM
I nominate Carl. Anything to get the sonofabitch out of Kansas City. :cuss:
God no. He'd still be screwing KC he'd just be taking the league down with him. Hell, he'd probably recommend 16 Super Bowls a year.

Rausch
03-20-2006, 10:16 PM
My early vote is for Bronson Pinchot.

I know you didn't just pimp a frog to run the NFL...

HolmeZz
03-20-2006, 10:17 PM
God no. He'd still be screwing KC he'd just be taking the league down with him. Hell, he'd probably recommend 16 Super Bowls a year.

Nah, just 12 playoff teams from each conference.