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Old 02-25-2014, 11:13 PM   #116
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Well here's an interesting tidbit about Goodell. He's the son of a senator. Explains a lot.
Nobody would confuse NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the late French emperor, but the metaphor is still useful. Goodell, the son of a former U.S. senator, took over the league in 2006 after spending his entire career as a faceless bureaucrat. Goodell’s predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, was a reserved figure who largely avoided the limelight during his 17-year tenure. In contrast, Goodell has made himself the center of media and public attention. He’s determined to spread the NFL’s reach on a global scale, not to mention his own authority to control the lives of its employees.

The hallmark of Goodell’s administration has been his efforts to construct an internal judicial system along the lines of a federal regulatory agency. Indeed, the title of “commissioner” befits a quasi-governmental entity rather than a corporate or trade association CEO. Like the Federal Trade Commission, Goodell is empowered to act as prosecutor, judge, jury and appeals court over any perceived infraction of the league’s complex governing documents.

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Many libertarians don’t like to question the decisions of “private” businesses. Yet little about the NFL is private or compatible with free markets. Most of the league’s stadiums are heavily subsidized by state and municipal governments. The NFL enjoys special tax and antitrust privileges. And a good deal of the league’s revenue and political authority is derived from intellectual property.

More importantly, there’s a clear cultural alignment of the NFL towards the state and its institutions. For example, Goodell recently announced the NFL would donate $30 million to the government-run National Institutes of Health to study “serious medical conditions prominent in athletes and relevant to the general population.” Goodell noted this wasn’t just about helping current and former players — many of whom are now suing the league over brain damage they suffered during the careers — but this research would also help the military, which of course is one of the few occupations even more dangerous than professional football.

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