It’s hard to say what NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, is trying to get at. One the one hand, he seems to be saying that the entire regular season is import; so much so that the NFL is willing to move the Super Bowl to accommodate a delayed season. On the other hand, he’s hopeful that no games will be cancelled and is only willing to move the Super Bowl by one week. USA Today reports:
The NFL is prepared to adjust the date of Super Bowl XLVI next February if the current lockout forces the cancellation of some part of the 2011 schedule.
Commissioner Roger Goodell told Cleveland Browns ticket holders on a Thursday conference call that the league has backup plans that could involve moving the Super Bowl back a week or reducing the planned two-week break before the game.”We prefer not to do it, but you always have that option,” Goodell said, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Right now, we want to play the schedule as it’s laid out.”
Hopefully, Goodell will forgive fans if they’re not overly impressed by the NFL’s willingness to move the Super Bowl back a whole seven days when the fate of the entire season is still on the line, locked up in glacially paced, court-ordered mediation.
The regular season is expected to begin on the weekend of Sunday, Sept. 11. But the current lockout threatens to force the league to cancel games if no agreement is reached — or imposed by the court.
Goodell told fans on Thursday it is his hope that the NFL will avoid having any games cancelled.
There’s a relatively simple way to do that, Rog. But it looks like it’ll take an anti-trust lawsuit to make it happen anyway.