National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said preventing head injuries during tackles is the top priority for the U.S.’s most popular sport as the season closes with tomorrow’s title game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
U.S. lawmakers said they doubt the leadership of the National Football League Players Association considers human growth hormone a problem and the organization’s “remarkable recalcitrance” has blocked progress toward testing for the drug.
David Falk, one of the most powerful men in basketball as Michael Jordan’s agent, said superstar players and their representatives have been “irresponsibly apathetic” and deserve blame for their union’s current troubles.
The executive director of the NFL Players Association said players want negotiations on a new contract to succeed. At the same time, he said, the players are preparing for owners to lock them out when the current labor deal expires in early March.
The executive director of the National Football League players union said a player lockout next season is a “near certainty,” and that it would cost the U.S. economy an estimated $5 billion in lost wages, taxes and other revenue if the entire season is canceled.
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ association chief DeMaurice Smith appeared together at a orientation for rookies and said they were working hard to end a lockout that has shuttered the U.S.’s most-popular sport since March.