NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell comments on the economy, the league, the CBA and player misbehavior at a press conference on Friday morning in the Tampa Convention Center ...
ON THE NFL NOT BEING IMMUNE FROM ECONOMIC CONCERNS
"First, it's what's happening to our business partners ... they're being stretched, and a lot of them have big investments in our league. Clearly it (also affects) our fans. There's less disposable income out here. Can they afford to go to a game?"
ON WHY THE NFL WILL CONTINUE TO SUCCEED
"The benefit for us is we have a tremendous profit. I also believe the NFL can be a truly valuable escape for people."
ON HOW THE NFL WILL STAY AFFORDABLE
"We're going to look at all our season-ticket prices. I believe about 75 percent of the league will hold their season-ticket prices flat (for the 2009 season)."
ON A PLAYERS UNION REPORT THAT SAYS THE LEAGUE IS FINANCIALLY HEALTHY, AND THE NFL PLAYERS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO TAKE PAY CUTS
"Let me say first that there's a lot of fiction in that. That report is not accurate."
ON DEALING WITH NFL PLAYERS' MISBEHAVIOR AND THE NFL'S RESPONSE
"We understand that our players are often targets, and we can't rush to judgment. You can be falsely accused once or even twice, but when it gets to be more than that ... you start to reflect badly on the league and your teammates."