Goodell discusses replay, playoff format in 'state of the NFL' chat
By Alan Robinson
Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 7:12 p.m.
NEW YORK — The Super Bowl probably isn't headed to New York again in the near future, but instant replay reviews soon might be.
And two more teams might be packing their bags for the playoffs, no matter the destination. Even if it's a season too late for the Steelers.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hinted Friday the league might adopt a form of centralized instant replay review, much like the NHL has. He was quick to emphasize the system wouldn't copy hockey's.
“We believe that we might be able to achieve more consistency when we bring the instant replay with us — more of a centralized version and decision-making process — and that's something the competition committee is going to consider over the next two months and then come back to a recommendation for a membership,” Goodell said.
The Competition Committee meets in Orlando, Fla., during the league owners meetings in March. Steelers president Art Rooney recently suggested he would favor a change that resulted in more accurate rulings but also cut the time for reviews.
Goodell also favors expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams, a move that would increase revenues by creating more national TV games. Goodell said it would lead to more late-season interest in multiple cities because more teams would be competing for playoff spots.
The Steelers would have made the playoffs this season as the No. 7-seeded team in the AFC if there had been expanded playoffs.
Goodell said the league will continue evaluating whether medical marijuana could benefit injured players — including those with head injuries — although he doesn't foresee a relaxing of the league's drug policy while marijuana “is still an illegal substance on a national basis. ... (But) we'll continue to follow the medicine.”
Goodell also said:
• No one should overreact to Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchasing 60 acres of Los Angeles land, saying, “There are no plans, to my knowledge, of a stadium development.”
• “There's such a demand for Super Bowls right now, the number of cities that are going to get multiple Super Bowls at one time, I think, are incredibly limited.”
• There were “mistakes made by us, the NFL and our clubs” that led to Green Bay, Cincinnati and Indianapolis scrambling to sell out wild-card playoff games hours before they were held, and, as a result, “We have to use technology more efficiently.”
• The Redskins' name was viewed favorably by nine of 10 surveyed in a Native American community poll, but the league is “listening” to those who believe the name is disrespectful.
Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- NFL notebook: Judge again rejects league’s $765M concussion deal
- NFL notebook: 3 more visit Steelers