Q & A: NFL commish Roger Goodell on ATL Super Bowl bid

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was in town for the Thursday night 2010 season premier on the NFL Network.

On his way to the NFL Network set before the Falcons and Ravens game, he stopped to give an exclusive interview to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Q: What does Atlanta have to do to get another Super Bowl?

A: I met with the Governor (elect Nathan Deal) earlier today. I think this is a great community. But as I mentioned to the people earlier today, the competition for the Super Bowl is really at an all-time high, in a large part because of the new stadiums. The provisions that they have for a new stadium in this great community, I think that’s a pretty powerful force. We have a history of going back to communities when they have those new stadiums.

Q: They are talking about an outdoor stadium. Would that hinder the Super Bowl bid?

A: We’ve been here before and we awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York. The game is meant to be played in the elements.

Q: Could you talk about the job the Falcons are doing under Arthur Blank?

A: I think we are both fortunate to have Arthur Blank. The NFL and this community. He’s not only committed to putting a first class franchise together for this community, but he’s also very important on the league level. He has been very critical. He serves on a lot of our committees and is a great member for the league.”

Q: Are the Thursday Night games here to stay?

A: Well for the second half of the season, this is a great way to be able to continue bringing more football to more fans.

Q: Any progress or updates on the labor situation?

A: Not enough. We need to make more progress.

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39 comments Add your comment

Falcon James

November 11th, 2010
8:30 pm

Falcon James

November 11th, 2010
8:36 pm

I think it good for Mr. Goodell to visit our town. Hopefully he will meet with Dunte and talk about a payment plan to pay off the $50K he owes. Also Mr. Goodell can let us know how we can get a super bowl here. I personally would love to see the falcons playing outside on real grass. With a retractable roof, we could keep the grass growing and days with incliment weather, close her down. Love our Dome, but its time for a upgrade and open ourselves up for some international sports like world cup soccer. Need grass for that. And man, the concerts in the summer we could have outside.

One last think Ravens- You better bring your A game tonight. He got your number.

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FALCONS FEVER!!!!

November 11th, 2010
11:44 pm

Falcons win baby!!!!!! Nobody wins in our house!!!!!! NOBODY!!!!!!!!

jdub

November 11th, 2010
11:58 pm

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY ANALYST “WILL NOT GIVE THE FALCONS THE PROPER AMOUNT OF RESPECT”? STOP-QUICK-KILL-NO MORE EXCUSES FOR THE OPPONENT. THE FALCONS CLEARLY BEAT THE RAVENS. I HOPE YOU ANALYST OR WANNA BE’S READ THIS. J-OUT

Dr. Warren

November 12th, 2010
1:31 am

Looks like a third Super Bowl won’t be happening anytime soon in Atlanta. That new stadium is a long way off. Not sure why a stadium built in 1991 is not good enough, especially when it protects against the weather and still looks good on TV. But Atlanta as a city needs to regain the momentum it enjoyed in the 90’s and 2000’s.

Bobby Butler

November 12th, 2010
7:07 am

If a new stadium is required for getting the Super Bowl, someone should ask Roger Dodger why that cesspool named New Orleans keeps getting a regular rotation for the Super Bowl?

WHEREARETHEHATERS

November 12th, 2010
7:59 am

FALCONS SORRY, SEENTHISB4, MATT “CHOKE” RYAN WHERE ARE YOU NOW?????

YOU ALL POLLUTE THESE BLOGS ON A WEEKLY BASIS, AND OUR TEAM JUST CONTINUES TO PROVE YOU WRONG.

SURE SEEMED LIKE MATT CHOKED TONIGHT LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

FrontRow

November 12th, 2010
8:58 am

Read between the lines…the right to compete for a Super Bowl will cost season ticket holders a minimum of 20K per seat.

Goodell is a lawyer. He has that language all ready for cut and paste.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
9:11 am

I dunno….I thing Flaco palyed the better game.

Ak

November 12th, 2010
9:17 am

Flaco had a better game? Come on, obviously your not a football fan

Chattanooga Falcon

November 12th, 2010
9:33 am

Why not improve the Dome. It has been a money maker for Atlanta (College and Pro events). New Orleans Dome has hosted several Superbowls, and it is much older than Atlanta’s. The Dome is a great place to see a football game, and is very comfortable to the fans when the weather is 75 degrees one week and 25 degrees the next.

Mike

November 12th, 2010
9:42 am

all I know is that the net-worth in this picture could balance the federal budget.

Red-N-Black

November 12th, 2010
9:42 am

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
9:11 am
I dunno….I thing Flaco palyed the better game.

Yeah have you seen my baseball, are you sure your name isn’t Warren? Well even if he did play a better game – Which he clearly didn’t the RAVENS LOSSSTTTT. Buwahhahhahahahahah, go back to haterville loser.

Dan

November 12th, 2010
10:30 am

Too bad the AJC’s lap dog interviewer did not call bull**** on Goodell for this statement or at least ask a followup question

Q: They are talking about an outdoor stadium. Would that hinder the Super Bowl bid?

A: We’ve been here before and we awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York. The game is meant to be played in the elements.

Except when it is not played in the elements, which will occur when the Super Bowl is played next year at the enclosed Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

Goodell is simply carrying water for Arthur Blank to get a new stadium – there is no rule the Super Bowl cannot be played in a domed stadium.

Dontavius Supremo

November 12th, 2010
10:36 am

There is no real benefit to the taxpayers of Atlanta or Georgia to build a new stadium just to get the Superbowl. Especially if WE have to pay for it. No thanks. If the Falcons need a new stadium, let the Falcons build it

SlimG

November 12th, 2010
11:39 am

Build it!!!! State of the art please……Love this town!

Jborodawg

November 12th, 2010
12:10 pm

What in the world is wrong with the GA Dome? Not a durn thing. I’d hate to see a penny of our taxes go to a new dome. ‘Sides, like the man said, football is meant to be played outside. A Superbowl would be nice…but sell our souls to the devil just to get one? ‘Course there will be a lot of posturing on Blank’s part (threaten to move) to get one. Just the same showoff mentality as someone that’s gotta have a new car every year. Like someone asked here already, “…how bout the Louisiana Superdome…”? Old as it is and still functioning just fine…and still getting Superbowls.

G

November 12th, 2010
1:28 pm

Why do we not have any new articles? WTF

ATLFAN

November 12th, 2010
1:35 pm

Joe Tesh Fish House……SAY NO TO DRUGS!

Look at the stats and look at the score.

kitcho

November 12th, 2010
2:01 pm

Can someone please explain why we have to build a new stadium to get the superbowl, but the NFL has no problem having it in New Orleans crapy 40 year old stadium?

mario

November 12th, 2010
2:03 pm

Whats worn with having the Super Bowl here..We have had it twice already..Atlanta is a great tourist and convention city.Things needed for Super Bowl…..With our citite shiostory hosted major sporting events and facilities we dont and shouldnt need fancy stadiums to wina bid…..Also the dome is only 18 years old..No need to tear it down..I think ABlank and GWCC Committee should just make improvements to dome and maybe add retractible roof….

FrontRow

November 12th, 2010
3:03 pm

Governor elect gonna get involved in this? Count on a hefty “user fee” to get tagged on to the PSL.

Gov – elites “Shady” Deal can’t wait to get the riff raff out of the stadium and reserve the seats those that contribute.

GT Alum

November 12th, 2010
3:26 pm

While I’m not necessarily opposed to the Falcons getting a shiny new outdoor stadium, it does kinda sound like Goodell is saying the only way the Super Bowl is coming back to Atlanta is if the city and the state pony up for a stadium. It’s bad enough that the teams play this build us a new stadium or we might move crap without the commissioners getting into it too. Of course, ask the people of Seattle how the Sonics’ owner and Stern treated them.

clay

November 12th, 2010
3:29 pm

@Joe Tess Fish House- How do you figure that Flacco had a better game? Ryan threw for as many touchdowns with no picks compared to Flacco’s 1 and he had 100 more yards passing on 32/50. Please explain how Flacco’s night was better than Ryan’s?

Awesome

November 12th, 2010
3:38 pm

Why has the New Orleans had it like 4 times at the Super Dome then?

Joe Tess Fish House

November 12th, 2010
4:03 pm

Eassy. Flaco had a beter game cuz his team did not cheat like the Flacons apparetly did. take away the 2 quesonable calls by the refs and trhe Falcons would have loose the game.

The real reason the Saints won the Superbowl.

November 12th, 2010
4:10 pm

The scenario:

Tom Benson, owner of the Saints wishes to relocate the franchise after Katrina. Fan support had been dwindling and after Katrina, the city was years away form being able to support a team.

Enter the NFL…..They offer a future Superbowl season and victory if Benson agrees to not relocate. It takes several years, but finally, it happens. New Orleans gets it’s Lombardi trophy, the NFL keeps the Saints in New Orleans.

Why didn’t you ask Goodell about that?

PlanB

November 12th, 2010
4:57 pm

Again I say. I don’t like reading the posts from bottom to top.

Joe Tesh Fish-F*cker

November 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

If the Falcons even sniff the Superbowl, I swear Joe Tess Fish House will kill himself.

joe

November 13th, 2010
7:02 am

Mr. Blanks PLEASE GET STEAVE SLATON,we need a speed back.

Falcon Jim

November 14th, 2010
8:57 am

I don’t think Joe could figure it out.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 15th, 2010
9:04 am

Classy guys…..NOT. Mr Ledbeter could U pleeez band these people that dont want 2 disgust football but only want 2 harrass me?

SeenThisB4

November 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

Super Bowl Scenario continued:

The falcan’ts are so obsessed and upset that their rival, the New Orleans Saints have claimed a Lombardi Trophy, that they pressure the NFL into allowing them to have all referee calls go against their opponents to give the falcan’ts unearned wins during the 2010 regular season.

Falcon Jim

November 15th, 2010
7:14 pm

Joe Tess is a very astute observer of the gridiron. Sometimes genius is not recognized when it is so contrary to popular belief. Deep vision can be clouded by others short-sightedness. Colloquial style should not be used to criticize, but look to the content. Joe Tess is a brave visionary and should be respected.

Falcon Jim

November 15th, 2010
7:15 pm

HA HO HE……………..

Falcon Jim

November 15th, 2010
7:16 pm

SeenThisB4 is the father of Joe Tess, TeaParty, Cheese Steak, Kwew, et al.

Goodell does a little false advertising

November 16th, 2010
7:00 pm

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