NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in his recent op-ed piece restated the league’s need to have some new stadiums built.
In the piece, which you can read on NFLLabor.com, he notes that the current collective bargaining agreement expires March 4. Goodell says he “cannot emphasize enough the importance of reaching agreement by then.”
This is actually good news for citizens across America, who have funded a lot of these new stadiums through various taxes. Instead of coming to the taxpayers, the league is trying get the capital off of the players.
Goodell says owners need more money to offset “costs of financing, building, maintaining and operating stadiums.” He adds: “We need new stadiums in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego.”
Hmmmmm, not Atlanta?
I’m sure that was an editorial oversight by the commissioner. Jeff Pash, the league’s executive vice president, did mention Atlanta needed a new stadium during Super Bowl week briefings.
I just heard back from NFL spokeman Greg Aiello:
“It was not meant to be an exhaustive list. They are examples. We could have included Atlanta, St. Louis, and Buffalo as well.”
The Falcons have stated their preference for an open-air stadium downtown. They consider the stadiums in Seattle and Philadelphia to be models.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog