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Sarah Schorno
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Sarah Schorno

The editor of Playing the Field and a contributor to Deadspin and The Huffington Post

Goodell Is All Business


When the NFL changed its suspension policy giving the commissioner full control over the league's disciplinary actions, Roger Goodell promised to decide every player situation on a case by case basis. But in the case of Michael Vick, it's not just about the individual player. It's about the entire league, its public image, and the media portrayal of one of the biggest stories in recent NFL history. For Goodell, it's a decision that may define his tenure.

Yes, Vick has certainly paid for his actions. A two year combined sentence and total financial destruction leaves little doubt that he has been punished. Unfortunately for Goodell, not everyone sees it that way. There are many people who feel Vick should be suspended, some for a few games, some for a year and even a righteous few who think he should never play football again.

The rumor is that Vick will be reinstated with the understanding that if he is signed by a team he must take a four game suspension. If this ends up being fact, it's a wise decision by Goodell that addresses multiple issues. First, it ensures that the NFL season opens with a focus on the rest of the league and not one player. Second, it gives Vick a chance to start over. At 29, and with a two year gap, in playing time combined with the liability issue he brings to any potential team, it will be hard enough for him to make a comeback. There is no justification for the league preventing a bankrupt man, who has served his time, from trying to make a living.

Finally, it will placate some of those people who are calling for the league to take a stance. Of course there will be those who won't be happy with only four games, but when all is said and done, none of those opinions matter because Roger Goodell is a businessman and the head of a multi-billion dollar entity. To look at it any other way would be foolish.

By Sarah Schorno  |  July 24, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Michael Vick , NFL , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The NFL is a business and Michael Vick is a pariah. No corporate entity should want to get anywhere near him.

He committed evil acts. He's a disgrace.

If the Washington Redskins signed him I'd have nothing further to do with the team. Football fans all over the country share that sentiment.

Most of us would never be associated with PETA, either.

Posted by: DagnyT | July 24, 2009 7:00 PM

I am not one of the "righteous" few as you snidely wrote. What he did was indefensible and should be taken seriously. Wow, lady, you're a pip. Really. Vick needs to go away.

Posted by: MILW | July 25, 2009 7:29 PM

Goodell is all business and he knows that regardless of what these self-righteous anti-human rights numbnuts state, Vick will still put butts in the seats and the 3% of viewers the NFL lost from 2007 to 2008 will be back with friends.

Posted by: mlrice710 | July 26, 2009 9:36 AM

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