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An Examination of the NFL’s Labor Situation
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)
Sunday’s Outside the Lines will focus on the NFL, kicking off with Hannah Storm’s one-on-one interview with Commissioner Roger Goodell, done earlier this month during his tour of summer training camps. Goodell not only addresses labor issues, he talks about how he was inspired as a young man by both his father, a former U.S. Senator who was outspoken about the Vietnam war, and former Commissioner Pete Rozelle. OTL will then examine the key issues in the NFL-NFLPA labor negotiations, followed by a panel discussion.
From the Storm-Goodell Interview:
“I think the fans do want more football. More importantly, they have made it very clear they do not like preseason football, and they don’t think the quality of the preseason reflects what we do.” — Roger Goodell, on turning two preseason games into regular-season games
“I think they will be disappointed in all of us. I think players, clubs, commissioners, union leaders — there will be enough blame to go around.”— Goodell, on whom the fans will blame if there is a work stoppage
“I don’t know if I have a biggest fear, but I recognize the responsibility I have. I guess I may have a fear of failure, but that’s what motivates me. I don’t like to fail.” — Goodell, on the pressure of making the right decisions
“I just loved the NFL and I was a tremendous admirer of Pete Rozelle. I studied everything Pete did from my high school years on and I knew when I got out of school… I wrote this letter to my father saying ‘I want to make you proud, but I’d also like to be Commissioner of the NFL along the way.’” — Goodell
SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m., ESPN)
Lives intersect at curious moments, and some would call it fate when 7-year old Jake Bainter and 70-year old cyclist ” Boston” Bill Hansbury met on the side of a road in St. Petersburg, Fla. nearly three years ago. That meeting turned into a validation of the decision Jake and his family had made about his future. This first-person account portrays the meeting of the unlikely pair and their unique relationship of trust and inspiration.