What is the old saying? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? In that case, consider Roger Goodell and the NFL insane.
According to reports, the new NFL Personal Conduct Policy will no longer feature Roger Goodell issuing discipline. Sort of. Kinda. Well, OK, maybe a little. Rather than Goodell issuing the initial discipline under the policy, a designee of the league-office will instead issue the initial discipline. This designee will have the ability to consult with available experts in the field of, well, personal conduct. Goodell will, however, retain final say over all appeals.
In other words, a league-office designee will issue a ruling, which will then potentially be appealed to the league-office designee’s boss. So the saying about Goodell being judge, jury, and executioner no longer holds true I suppose. Instead he’s just judge and executioner, with the ability to punish the jury if he sees fit.
The NFLPA has said they will challenge the new policy as it was not collectively-bargained. Perhaps if the NFLPA wins its challenge in court, the players will succeed in obtaining a true independent process and strip Goodell of some of his power. Then again, let’s not make the NFLPA out to be saints in this entire process that has led to this point. There has rightfully been a lot written about Goodell’s unlimitless power, but the fact of the matter is that the NFLPA and the players previously gave the commissioner’s office that power during the previous round of labor negotiations. If they’re smart, the NFLPA finally fix that wrong from a few years ago.