On Friday afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual Super Bowl press conference and covered a variety of topics, though the weather and a new collective bargaining agreement dominated the session.
With the weather affecting 30 states this week with snow, ice and other wintry conditions, including Dallas, the media was especially curious on how this will impact future Super Bowls. In response, Commissioner Goodell said that the area was well prepared for situation and that this shouldn't affect the Dallas-Fort Worth area from hosting future title games.
He also told reporters that New York/New Jersey will ready for a similar situation for the 2014 Super Bowl and are probably expecting snow and cold temperatures already.
Collective Bargaining Agreement
The commissioner stretched out his hand to the players union, saying that the only way this can get resolved is through "intensive, round-the-clock negotiations." March 4, the date set for the current CBA to expire, is a critical date, and if a deal is not reached by then there are a number of possible things that can happen.
In response to a question from Chad Ochocinco, Goodell said that, "The commitment of the owners is to get an agreement." And the longer it takes an agreement, the more it will keep the two sides away from the negotiating table.
On the 2012 Super Bowl, Goodell told the reporter that Indianapolis should continue its plans for hosting the event.
18-Game Regular Season
The 18-game regular season still remains a top priority of Commissioner Goodell's, though players are against it. Goodell wants to do what is in the interest of the fans, who would like to see this happen. By turning two preseason games into two regular season games the fans will receive quality play for the amount of their ticket. It's his obligation to present the best possible game to the fans and he feels two more games would do that.
Regarding the San Diego Chargers, Commissioner Goodell said that the NFL and the Chargers both want to stay in San Diego. However, the Chargers still need to find a solution to their stadium issues, which have been on-going for at least eight years.
While Los Angles recently sold naming rights to a potential stadium, financing still remains an issue.
On his legacy, Goodell said, "I am worried about doing the right thing for this game, the fans, for the long term. Not concerned about my legacy."
On Super Bowl
When asked for his thoughts on the Packers-Steelers matchup, Goodell responded succinctly, "That's football." A game like this showcases the traditions of the league and how "tremendous" the fans of both teams are.