On Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was in Detroit. Lions president Rod Wood gave him a tour of Ford Field and the new renovations, while notifying Goodell of his intentions to bid for both the NFL Draft and future Super Bowls.
After Wood made his sales pitch, Goodell stuck around for the Lions’ fan forum event, in which Wood, along with several Lions alumni, fielded questions from fans in attendance and those who submitted questions online.
To be quite frank, it was kind of a boring event. You can watch the Q&A here and be your own judge, but most of the questions were pretty tame and the tough ones levied against the commissioner were tiptoed around.
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Goodell was asked if we could do anything about the national anthem protests, how he’ll handle Ezekiel Elliott type of incidents going forward and how he’ll keep the game relevant to young people who are addicted to their phones. For each question, Goodell served up a perfectly curated non-answer that was sure to satisfy and disappoint equally.
So let’s pretend for a second that you can ask Roger Goodell one question and he’ll respond candidly and truthfully. Today’s Question of the Day is:
If you could ask NFL commissioner Roger Goodell one question, what would it be?
My answer: How will making referees full time suddenly make officiating better? What weren’t referees doing before that they’ll now be able to do because they’re full time? Won’t split second-decisions still be a cause for debate and no amount of studying can prepare one for the speed and randomness of football?
Okay, I cheated and asked three, but I’ve always been curious as to how making refs full-time employees would actually somehow result in real, noticeable improvement in officiating. It strikes me as simply a PR move, but I’d love to give Goodell the opportunity to convince me otherwise.