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El-Gonzo Jackson
11-08-2008, 12:15 AM
Just wondering, what is the procedure to relieve a commissioner of his duties?? Would it be the ownership collectively voting to let him go?

This whole idea of fines is making a mockery of the NFL. All I read is Jared Allen-fined, Lamarr Woodley-Fined, Justin Tuck-Fined-appeals-reviewed-fine rescinded. Its a joke and I would rather hear about players and game matchups instead of post game penalties.

tony hipchest
11-08-2008, 12:28 AM
hmmmm.... :tap:

thats a damn good question. i bet its more difficult to fire him than it is to have the president of the US impeached.

after all the 32 nfl teams are all part of the LEAGUE and a move like this would have to come at the approval of the league commisioner, i would guess.

he is under contract (ironic that dan rooney has already lobbied for him to get an extension). he is a lawer (as is art II) so i guess it would ultimately come down to a huge legal mess nobody wants to get involved in.

im thinking he really couldnt be "fired". only be shamed into resigning or playing out his contract and it not being resigned.

augustashark
11-08-2008, 12:51 AM
IMO he has been put into this position. Some big name players have been hurt the last few years and I think the owners of those teams has put pressure on the commish to get it under control. Owners don't want high dollar players going down with season ending injuries. I could be wrong, but I don't think the commish has done this all on his own. If you've noticed not alot of owners are speaking about this, only players.

RoethlisBURGHer
11-08-2008, 07:04 AM
You would think it's possible to have him removed from office. He's chosen by the owners, therefore I would assume there is a way for the owners to get a commish out of he ended up not being what they thought.

I would think it would take a majority vote to have him "impeached" where a hearing would take place in front of an unbiased arbitrator who would decide of the commish stays in office or leaves.

The reason I think it would be majority vote is because you can't get a 100% vote if the commish is favoring a team or a few teams.

As for Agustashark's thoughts, major players have been getting hurt for years. Tags was in charge when Mike Vick broke his leg. I feel that owners understand that this is a violent sport and injuries happen. I doubt the owners like the excessive penalties and the fines their players have to pay because it can come back to be bad if a defensive player changes his style of play.

I think it's more that owners are afraid to speak out because they don't want to piss off Goodell. They don't want to be fined or even worse, get banned from the league like George Steinbrenner was in baseball.

rbryan
11-08-2008, 07:32 AM
I just don't trust Goodell. If it becomes enough of an issure that his actions start to cost the owners where it really counts.......we won't have to figure out how to fire him.

All we can do.....is continue to call for his impeachment. Start a petition, something along those lines. If the sqawking from the fans gets loud enough, the owners will get rid of him.

stillers4me
11-08-2008, 07:50 AM
As for Agustashark's thoughts, major players have been getting hurt for years. Tags was in charge when Mike Vick broke his leg.

But now it happened to Tom Brady and that's unacceptable. :banging:

augustashark
11-09-2008, 03:39 AM
You would think it's possible to have him removed from office. He's chosen by the owners, therefore I would assume there is a way for the owners to get a commish out of he ended up not being what they thought.

I would think it would take a majority vote to have him "impeached" where a hearing would take place in front of an unbiased arbitrator who would decide of the commish stays in office or leaves.

The reason I think it would be majority vote is because you can't get a 100% vote if the commish is favoring a team or a few teams.

As for Agustashark's thoughts, major players have been getting hurt for years. Tags was in charge when Mike Vick broke his leg. I feel that owners understand that this is a violent sport and injuries happen. I doubt the owners like the excessive penalties and the fines their players have to pay because it can come back to be bad if a defensive player changes his style of play.

I think it's more that owners are afraid to speak out because they don't want to piss off Goodell. They don't want to be fined or even worse, get banned from the league like George Steinbrenner was in baseball.


So you think that an owner would be more upset about a player being fined then losing a top tier player for the year? Sorry but that does not make much sense to me. A Owner would not get fined for picking up the phone to express his concerns to the commish, he (commish) works for them. If Al Davis was not banned then myfriend it would take a hell of alot for a owner to be banned. You also kinda made my point. Injuries like the Vick one has paved the way for these stupid fines, just like the roy williams "horse tackle". It's football not tiddely winks.

beSteelmyheart
11-12-2008, 07:01 PM
But now it happened to Tom Brady and that's unacceptable. :banging:
Hmmm...I think you have something there.:scratchchin:

revefsreleets
11-12-2008, 07:29 PM
I have an idea, but we need to keep it on the DL.

It involves Pac Man, a pile of coke, a couple guns, a few strippers, Guantanamo Bay, Dick Cheney, a fake passport and other ID's, a couple million in unmarked cash and a fast boat.

Who's in?

Texasteel
11-12-2008, 08:00 PM
Just wondering, what is the procedure to relieve a commissioner of his duties?? Would it be the ownership collectively voting to let him go?

This whole idea of fines is making a mockery of the NFL. All I read is Jared Allen-fined, Lamarr Woodley-Fined, Justin Tuck-Fined-appeals-reviewed-fine rescinded. Its a joke and I would rather hear about players and game matchups instead of post game penalties.

If you want to start taking a collection, I know a couple of guys in Austin that could take care of this.

That pantywaist should be fired using real fire.

Stu Pidasso
11-13-2008, 01:08 AM
I have an idea, but we need to keep it on the DL.

It involves Pac Man, a pile of coke, a couple guns, a few strippers, Guantanamo Bay, Dick Cheney, a fake passport and other ID's, a couple million in unmarked cash and a fast boat.

Who's in?


Sorry, I'm not wasting ANY of my strippers on that piece of garbage. I say dress up Pac Man as a woman for the job...

RoethlisBURGHer
11-13-2008, 05:46 PM
So you think that an owner would be more upset about a player being fined then losing a top tier player for the year? Sorry but that does not make much sense to me. A Owner would not get fined for picking up the phone to express his concerns to the commish, he (commish) works for them. If Al Davis was not banned then myfriend it would take a hell of alot for a owner to be banned. You also kinda made my point. Injuries like the Vick one has paved the way for these stupid fines, just like the roy williams "horse tackle". It's football not tiddely winks.

When the excessive fines and penalties change the way a player plays, then yes owners will get really upset.

You pay a stud defensive players to go out there and make plays. Hit hard, play violent. When a player starts losing money on nearly a weekly basis or gets excessive unessicary roughness penalties that negate big plays, they will start changing how they play. Owners won't like that one bit.

missedgehead
11-15-2008, 11:43 PM
But now it happened to Tom Brady and that's unacceptable. :banging:

Why do you think all of a sudden it finally dawned on them to start fining these players for hits and stuff for safety and all that? The powers that be realized they screwed the pooch on the Brady hit, calling it a "legal" hit. Legal hit? I thought you were not supposed to hit the QB below the knee? The NFL, IMO, screwed up and they knew it, hence the fines. A couple of the fines were silly, like the Tuck fine. Ridiculous. The penalty should not have been called. It was called a tackle. Tuck hit Bollinger right square. Perfectly legal. Thank God Goodell saw the video and rescinded the fine. I do not know why some here are protesting Jared Allen's hit on Schaub. Allen is lucky the league did not SUSPEND HIS BUTT like he probably should have been. Now, THAT was roughing the passer, pure and simple.

I don't know why people here hate Goodell. I think he is doing a pretty good job. I don't think he is perfect, and I don't like his wanting to extend the season to 17 games (more opportunities for people to get hurt....great) and to have the Super Bowl in London, and a couple of other things, but other than that, I think he is doing well.

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
11-15-2008, 11:47 PM
I have an idea, but we need to keep it on the DL.

It involves Pac Man, a pile of coke, a couple guns, a few strippers, Guantanamo Bay, Dick Cheney, a fake passport and other ID's, a couple million in unmarked cash and a fast boat.

Who's in?

Im in but im gonna need an umbrella

fansince'76
11-15-2008, 11:58 PM
:blah: :blah: :blah:

SteelCityMan786
11-16-2008, 03:59 PM
When the excessive fines and penalties change the way a player plays, then yes owners will get really upset.

You pay a stud defensive players to go out there and make plays. Hit hard, play violent. When a player starts losing money on nearly a weekly basis or gets excessive unessicary roughness penalties that negate big plays, they will start changing how they play. Owners won't like that one bit.

Especially with the new code of conduct for players now fining the teams to.

steelreserve
11-17-2008, 04:33 PM
So you think that an owner would be more upset about a player being fined then losing a top tier player for the year? Sorry but that does not make much sense to me.

Upset in different ways, is all. Nobody's happy when a star player goes down (except maybe when karma is involved, like with Tom Brady) but everyone knows it's random and it's unavoidable that it'll happen occasionally.

With the excessive fines, Goodell tries to change the way people have to play the game in general. Taken far enough, that has a far worse effect than losing a star player (who you probably would've lost anyway, because like I said, injuries pretty much happen at random). Even if that player is Asschin himself.

RodWoodsonwasprettycool
11-18-2008, 12:20 AM
I don't understand the obsession with wanting Goddell gone among Steeler fans. He's no..Talglibue, but I don't think he's done that bad...all things considered.

Its the same thing with the Pats, it's like..Yeah, they used a camera, big whoop, nothing to really obsess over like we do with y'all.

fansince'76
11-18-2008, 12:29 AM
I don't understand the obsession with wanting Goddell gone among Steeler fans. He's no..Talglibue, but I don't think he's done that bad...all things considered.

Its the same thing with the Pats, it's like..Yeah, they used a camera, big whoop, nothing to really obsess over like we do with y'all.

Wait until he starts fining your players for....GASP! Playing football!

RodWoodsonwasprettycool
11-18-2008, 12:35 AM
Wait until he starts fining your players for....GASP! Playing football!

We don't have a defense minus Shaun "fat and overrated" Rogers ;), so nothing to worry about there. :D. Thats on my wish list this christmas though ;).

I suppose my opinion would be different...Crazy out of the blue type of thing is, how does one handle a "cheap shot", not saying the current fines on the players, such as the ones on Pittsburgh, have been for that, but when someone does how do you expect that to be handled by the league?

fansince'76
11-18-2008, 12:45 AM
We don't have a defense minus Shaun "fat and overrated" Rogers ;), so nothing to worry about there. :D. Thats on my wish list this christmas though ;).

I suppose my opinion would be different...Crazy out of the blue type of thing is, how does one handle a "cheap shot", not saying the current fines on the players, such as the ones on Pittsburgh, have been for that, but when someone does how do you expect that to be handled by the league?

I expect late hits on QBs (kinda like the one by Rogers on Ben that went unfined) to be fined, while expecting a slap on the helmet after a play (which Hines Ward got tagged $10K for and which happens about a dozen times every game between various players) to go unfined. Too much to ask, I guess.

T.Richardson
11-19-2008, 06:25 PM
Pettition! IF we can get 100 million signatures, Im pretty sure it could work? :thumbsup: