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DeMaurice Smith Re-Elected NFLPA Executive

DeMaurice Smith Re-Elected NFLPA Executive NFL Shield/NFL (NEW YORK) -- DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected as Executive Director of of the NFL players union. Smith won his third team as the executive after being first elected in 2009 as the replacement for former Director Gene Upshaw who passed away in 2008. In the previous election three years ago for the Players Association executive director, Smith ran unopposed. He faced eight challengers this year.  The next election for the NFLPA in 2018 will be one of its most crucial.  After the 2020 season, the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL Appeals Adrian Peterson Ruling

NFL Appeals Adrian Peterson Ruling iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League is not pleased with Minnesota Judge David Doty's ruling to reinstate Viking's running back Adrian Peterson. Hours after Thursday's ruling, the NFL appealed Judge Doty's decision to overturn the suspension of Peterson in federal court. Additionally, the NFL placed Peterson back on the Commissioner's Exempt List.  The NFL released a statement: "Judge Doty’s order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner’s longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer. Even so, we believe strongly that Judge Doty’s order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court’s role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court." Peterson is set to count for $15.4 million against the Vikings salary cap this season. The team has made public statements saying they would welcome him back, however the running back may not wish to return and privately the team may not want him back either. Last week, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had to be separated from Vikings President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski after the two engaged in an altercation regarding the running back's future in Minnesota. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Goodell Declines Interview With NBC

Goodell Declines Interview With NBC Christian Petersen/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Just days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell committed his latest gaffe in the pre-Super Bowl press conference, he tops it with another. NBC requested to conduct an interview with Goodell during Sunday's pregame show. During Friday's press conference Goodell addressed his accessibility with the media. "I understand the obligation and my job to meet with the media," Goodell said. "I don't know whether I meet with them at a press conference every week, but I'm available to the media almost every day of my job, professionally. We try to make ourselves available on a very regular basis. It is my responsibility, it is my job, and I will do that." Media members have been taking the opportunity to showcase their declined interview requests since Goodell's statement.  "I'm available to the media almost every day of my job professionally." Goodell has rejected every interview request I've made since 2012," ESPN's Don Van Natta tweeted Friday after the press conference. While there are certain logistical details missing from the story, the perception from this isn't good for the NFL commissioner. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL Puts Cap On Tone-Deaf Season

NFL Puts Cap On Tone-Deaf Season Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX, Az.)-- The NFL has come full circle on an embarrassing 2014-2015 season. In the annual pre-Super Bowl press conference, held Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell was asked by CNN's Rachel Nichols if the league c...

Former NFL Commissioner Tagliabue Critical of Goodell

Former NFL Commissioner Tagliabue Critical of Goodell NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue provided a candid view of the NFL under the leadership of current Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL ownership. Tagliabue expressed concern for the league and of Goodell in a GQ article that profiles the current commissioner. Among the chief concerns Tagliabue noted was Goodell's obsession with the NFL gaining profit and finding larger revenue streams; even at the expense of the game itself. Goodell has stated that he would like the NFL to be a $25 billion industry by 2027. There has been an increasingly hostile relationship between Goodell and NFL players. Goodell has handed out uneven punishment to players for on-field and off-field infractions, depending on his attitude towards the offending party.  Where Goodell handed out Draconian punishments to the New Orleans Saints in the wake of the Bountygate scandal, he seemingly did a favor to the Baltimore Ravens organization by suspending Ray Rice after a domestic violence incident with his now wife, Janay Palmer.   Tagliabue, who was appointed by Goodell to hear appeals for Bountygate, sees this as a major flaw. "If they see you making decisions only in economic terms, they start to understand that and question what you're all about," he said. "There's a huge intangible value in peace. There's a huge intangible value in having allies." Tagliabue served as commissioner from 1989, succeeding Pete Rozelle, through 2006, when Goodell took over. "We haven't talked much since I left. It's been his decision," said Tagliabue. "Bountygate didn't help." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL ruled Tuesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended for the rest of the 2014 season without pay. Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015 due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month. "You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter. "When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.'" "These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future," Goodell continued. The NFLPA said in a statement: "The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian's legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding." Peterson had missed the last nine games due to being placed on the Commissioner's exempt list. Peterson is in his eighth NFL season, all with the Vikings, and has the third-most career rushing yards among active players. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Peterson Skips NFL Hearing Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson skipped a meeting Friday with the NFL that had been scheduled in regards to potential disciplinary action. Peterson had previously agreed to meet with the NFL even though he has been uncooperative in supplying the information the NFL has requested related to the accusations of excessive corporal punishment towards his son.  This meeting was to determine if Peterson would face further discipline from the league aside from the eight game paid suspension he had already served while resolving his court case. According to ESPN, a league official told them that the meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but the NFLPA would not be able to attend the meeting that day. "We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate," a league official told ESPN. "We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled. "We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 Friday by the NFL after cameras caught him yelling profanity after their matchup with the Steelers. Despite the hefty fine, Ryan made fun of the situation. “Yeah, I think I was saying thank you,” Ryan joked early in the week. “Emotions run high in games, and sometimes I think its best (that) what happens on the field stays on the field. That’s where it stems from. It’s a very emotional game. Obviously, I have to do a good job of controlling my emotions and things like that. Things happen and I am sorry if I offended anybody.”  According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen the severity of the fine is based around this being Ryan's third such infraction. In 2011, Ryan was fined $75,000 for cursing at a fan after the fan yelled "Bill Belichick is a better coach than you." In 2010 he was fined $50,000 for flipping the bird to a fan at an MMA event. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ESPN: Goodell Must Testify at Ray Rice Hearing

ESPN: Goodell Must Testify at Ray Rice Hearing Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must take the stand and testify at the hearing for the appeal of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.ESPN also reports that the hearing will take place Nov. 5-6.Rice was originally suspended for two games by Goodell for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy for allegedly striking his then fiancée, now wife Janay unconscious in an elevator in Atlantic City.The suspension was then made indefinite once a video surfaced of the event in question. Because Rice was punished twice, the players' union is appealing the suspension. However, the league insists the video was new evidence, meaning Goodell could add to Rice's punishment. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Drives New Social Responsibilities

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Drives New Social Responsibilities Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Wednesday to promote the new efforts the league is taking to promote social responsibility and curb domestic violence. In recent months, the NFL has suffered a few bumps and bruises as well as a couple black eyes as prominent players such as Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice have had run-ins with the law. Goodell stated that he had spoken with all 32 team owners as well as prominent executives across the league to outline what changes and policies the league plans to implement. Among them, providing aid to the victims of abuse. "There was a great deal of focus too, on what support services we can provide to the family," Goodell stated. "Particularly in the cases, obviously, of domestic violence." The Commissioner wants to provide clear and concise guidelines so that any member of the NFL knows what the repercussions will be if they step afoul of the law. "We are obviously trying to focus on our policies, our education, what we can do to prevent it from happening and when it happens, deal with it, so it's clear the consequences," Goodell said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Roger Goodell Addresses the Media

Roger Goodell Addresses the MediaChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since the release of the second Ray Rice video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media regarding the recent controversy's swirling around the league. Goodell shouldered most of...

NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy

NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL and its union announced on Wednesday that they have a new drug policy agreement regarding performance-enhancing drugs, which also includes testing for human growth hormone. With the new deal in place, three previously suspended players will now be able to play on Sunday for their respective teams. Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, and Rams receiver Stedman Bailey can return this weekend. The new policy is as follows: A first violation of the PED policy will result in a suspension without pay for up to six games depending on violation; Positive tests for diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game ban; Positive tests for a steroid, stimulant or HGH will result in a four-game ban; Evidence that an attempt was made to manipulate a test result will result in a six-game suspension. Players will receive a 10-game suspension for the second violation and a third will be a two-year suspension. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger Goodell

Jerry Jones: NFL Owners Support Commissioner Roger GoodellChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- As the NFL continues to dominate the headlines for the wrong reasons, Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones says that the owners are standing behind their maligned commissioner, Roger Goodell. Goodell has been ...

Ravens Terminate Ray Rice’s Contract, NFL Suspends Rice Indefinitely

Ravens Terminate Ray Rice’s Contract, NFL Suspends Rice Indefinitely Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice on Monday in wake of TMZ Sports releasing a new video of him punching his then-fiancee in the face in an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also announced Monday that Rice is suspended indefinitely in the wake of the newly released video. Rice hit Janay Palmer with a left fist to the head. Palmer fell on the hand rail and landed on the floor before Rice is shown dragging her seemingly unconscious body out into the lobby. On July 25, Rice was suspended by the NFL for two games and fined more than $500,000. The move was highly criticized and led to Goodell instituting a six-game suspension for any first offenders to a domestic abuse case and a lifetime ban for a second offense. "We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," the NFL released in a statement on Monday regarding the new video.  "That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today." Rice had three years and $10 million remaining on his contract. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NFL: Six-Game Suspension for Any Domestic Violence Charge

NFL: Six-Game Suspension for Any Domestic Violence Charge Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Any player that commits a domestic violence crime will be handed a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense, the NFL announced on Thursday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension to Ravens running back Ray Rice correct, which led to the news. "At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals," Goodell wrote in a letter. "We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence....My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values." Rice was suspended for the first two games of the regular season after being arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly knocking out his fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Goodell and the NFL received much criticism for not coming down harder on a domestic violence case. "Our personal conduct policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will," Goodell continued. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Roger Goodell Thinks Bills Need New Stadium

Roger Goodell Thinks Bills Need New StadiumNFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- With the Buffalo Bills ownership in flux, commissioner Roger Goodell thinks that the team needs a new stadium as well. Despite undergoing $130 million in renovations during the offseason, Ralph Wilson Stadium is one of the...

Jaguars Moving Forward without WR Justin Blackmon

Jaguars Moving Forward without WR Justin BlackmonSam Greenwood/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell isn't expecting much from suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon in 2014. Blackmon is serving an indefinite suspension after violating the league's s...

NFL: Extra Point Could Become Obsolete

NFL: Extra Point Could Become ObsoleteNFL Shield(NEW YORK) -- Something that is usually automatic in the NFL could become obsolete. Speaking with the NFL Network, commissioner Roger Goodell says the league’s competition committee might consider abolishing the extra point attempt...

Titans Owner Bud Adams Dies

Titans Owner Bud Adams DiesAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams died on Monday in his Houston home.  He was 90. Adams founded the Houston Oilers for the American Football League and moved the team from Houston to Tenness...

NFL Owners Approve Helmet Rule, Tuck Rule Eliminated

NFL Owners Approve Helmet Rule, Tuck Rule EliminatedChristian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The NFL owners concluded their winter meetings on Wednesday.  Three changes to the rules are now in place. The tuck rule has been eliminated, so any player that uses the crown of their helmet and is outs...
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