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Goodell Doesn't Fault Redskins on Tickets

NEW YORK--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday he doesn't fault the Washington Redskins for the revelation that some of their employees sold tickets to ticket brokers, which the club indicated was against team policy.

"Some of their employees did that," Goodell said. "I just want to make that clear. I don't think that was with the authorization of the Redskins.... Some of their employees did it, and they discovered it and took actions several months ago.... I support that they took actions on it. Dan [Snyder, the owner of the Redskins] made me aware of it several months ago."

Goodell also did not fault the Redskins for suing ticket holders who'd failed to fulfill longterm contracts.

"Those are decisions that every club is going to have to make and it's not unique to the Redskins," Goodell said. "There are other teams that have done that to enforce their contracts. Most of the time, as you know--it's not done every time--it's done with someone who's in a longterm contract in a suite or a club seat. I don't think it happens, if at all, on GA [general admission] seats, because they're not on longterm contracts."

By Mark Maske  |  September 3, 2009; 9:09 PM ET  | Category:  League , Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Should anyone be surprised that he sided with $nyder?

Posted by: Peaux_Sucent | September 5, 2009 11:33 AM

AMAZING - I didn't know it was possible to have a commissioner who was more of an owners' lackey than Tagliabue. Boy, was I wrong! Is he really that naive to believe that dumping tickets to scalpers wasn't approved, if not conceived, by Snyder?

He'll hound a player to Hades and back if he does a little dance after a touchdown, but looks the other way when one of the league's "platinum" franchises screws fans by offloading coveted lower level seats to scalpers?

Credibility: FAIL.

Now if we can just get College Football to start going head-to-head with the pros on Sunday...

Posted by: kemp13 | September 5, 2009 10:00 AM

This is not news. Of course he is going to side with the Redskins and Snyder. Do you expect him to blast the skins?? come on

Posted by: lancer1 | September 3, 2009 11:53 PM

Typically, the Snyder PR machine has trotted out Goodell to put a reasonable spin on the whole issue and spout that suing fans has been done before so why not again? How Despicable!!! Who doesn't think that this new outrage came from the attitude of the Snyder, who has squeezed every penny from those that actually love the Redskins and pay for his hobnobbing with Hollywood weirdos. God, where is the
Squire with George Will in his box? Save Us from this ilk!!!!!

Posted by: bmiddleton1 | September 3, 2009 11:45 PM

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