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.