Good News From Goodell On Kevin Williams, Stadium Issues

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2011 – 12:15 pm

NFL owners held meetings in New Orleans over the last few days and on Tuesday at the meetings NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference. After the news conference, Twin Cities reporters caught up with Goodell and the commissioner had some good news for Vikings.

First, it appears that DT Kevin Williams, who has dropped his appeal in the StarCaps case, is not in line to be suspended once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified. At least not right away.

“I think we’ll wait until the litigation is done before we make a decision [on any potential suspensions],” Goodell told two Twin Cities reporters, via Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune and the Access Vikings blog.

Goodell was also asked about the current stadium situation in Minnesota.

“All efforts are to keep the team there,” Goodell said. “I think there’s some urgency to having the stadium addressed both in the short term and the long term. We have a short-term issue with the Dome itself, a long-term issue with getting a solution to that.”

Zulgad also points out that Goodell would be “more than happy” to travel to Minnesota to help find a resolution and also that the NFL Commissioner has been in touch with Ted Mondale, who is chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

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Goodell Addresses Vikings Stadium Issue

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 4, 2009 – 11:10 am

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said several times in the past that the Vikings stadium issue needs a resolution soon. And, according to Judd Zulgad on the Star Tribune’s “Access Vikings” blog, the Commissioner reiterated that stance during a recent interview with Versus.

“We have a franchise that is owned by someone that really cares about the Minneapolis community [and] wants to get something done that is responsible,” Goodell said, according to Zulgad. “We understand the challenges that exist not only in that market but more broadly in how to finance these projects. But it is something that we need to get done because the Vikings belong in Minnesota and I know the ownership feels that and the public leadership feels that.”

Zulgad also pointed out that the team’s lease with the Metrodome ends after the 2011 season.

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NFL Moves Draft to Prime Time in 2010

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 24, 2009 – 12:03 pm

The premier offseason event on the NFL calendar will become even more accessible to fans next year, as the League announced on Thursday that the NFL Draft will kick off in prime time for the 1st time in 2010. Although the news was announced yesterday, we didn’t mention it because of the Asher Allen signing and the contract extension signed by Antoine Winfield.

According to a press release issued by the NFL, the 1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft will start on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM ET with the 2nd and 3rd rounds on Friday, April 23 at 6:30 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 AM ET.

The draft will continue to be televised by ESPN and NFL Network. The 2010 NFL Draft – the 75th draft in NFL history – will again be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

“We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television.”

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