Roger Goodell reportedly not looking to give up discipline powers on matters like Deflategate

Ryan Hannable
May 30, 2019 - 9:36 am

The NFL's CBA expires in 2020, so there have already been some negotiations on what could potentially get tweaked.

One thing that likely won't be changed is the power of commissioner Roger Goodell.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Goodell doesn't want to give up the power that allowed him to suspend Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate.

Maske wrote: Some of those within the sport say that Goodell is open to having the commissioner’s authority reduced in cases of off-field misbehavior by players, but is adamant that the commissioner’s disciplinary authority should not be curbed in matters that affect the integrity of the game, such as the Deflategate case that led to Brady’s four-game suspension.

The current CBA allows the commissioner to both enforce discipline and resolve appeals of such discipline, which is what happened in the Deflategate case.

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