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By Matt Vensel | February 3, 2012
If Ravens center Matt Birk has decided to retire, he hasn't announced it yet. Birk has, however, decided to go zip-lining with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Birk, a candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, is in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl and hanging out with The Commish. This photo is courtesy of the NFL. Birk, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman are among the finalists for the award that recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
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September 24, 2014
What a joke! Steve Bisciotti and Roger Goodell are making a big deal of not seeing the second video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée in the elevator of the Revel Casino ( "On the defense," Sept. 23). Did they not read the police report saying that Mr. Rice struck his fiancée in the face and rendered her unconscious? Does anyone need to see a video after reading that? Are they stupid? Unconscious? Or just interested in seeing the Ravens win games and make money for the team and the league?
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June 18, 2010
Commissioner Roger Goodell says he still doesn't have enough information to make a decision on possibly disciplining Vince Young . Goodell said Thursday that "right now we're gathering facts" after the Titans quarterback received a misdemeanor assault citation after a fight early Sunday at a Dallas strip club. Goodell, answering questions after speaking to high school players at an NFL clinic in Queens, N.Y., also said the league no longer needs four preseason games and that it should change its offseason training programs.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Several U.S. senators have proposed stripping the NFL of its tax-exempt status — a warning analysts say the image-damaged league can't afford to ignore even if the threat proves hollow. Just as it did during Major League Baseball's steroid scandal nearly a decade ago, Congress is using its bully pulpit — and threatening legislation — to prod change on another of the nation's pastimes. Lawmakers introduced bills last week threatening to revoke the league's tax exemption for two different reasons.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
Throughout Super Bowl week, players have been asked to comment on the NFL's disciplinary system and the attempt by the commissioner's office to reduce the violent hits that most often lead to injuries. Most of them have been critical of the league's inability to separate intentional flagrant hits and those that happen inadvertently ... or even because of the actions of the offensive player. “This is something we have seen, an escalation in the discipline, because we are trying to take these techniques out of the game," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a news conference Friday night.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday defended the two-game suspension he handed down to Ravens running back Ray Rice, saying it was consistent with previous punishments in domestic violence incidents. “We have to remain consistent,” Goodell told reporters while in Canton, Ohio, for Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend. “We can't just make up the discipline. It has to be consistent with other cases, and it was.” Goodell's comments were his first on the subject since the NFL announced Rice's discipline July 24. In addition to being suspended for two games, Rice was fined $529,000.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell today at the league's New York headquarters, one of the final steps for the embattled running back in dealing with his February offseason arrest before the start of the 2014 season. Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting, which has been expected as Rice faces discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy stemming from an aggravated assault charge for allegedly striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2012
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tiptoed carefully around the issue, but in comments to the fans and media before Sunday's playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium, he fell well short of endorsing the likelihood that Baltimore might someday host the Super Bowl. The question arose because the owners have scheduled the 2014 game at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, which -- at least temporarily -- has shown they are willing to play football's biggest game in an outdoor stadium in less-than-optimal weather conditions.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
League commissioner  Roger Goodell  notified the  NFL Players Association  on Friday that former  Ravens  running back  Ray Rice  was suspended indefinitely because his version of his February altercation with his then-fiancee was "starkly different" than the one shown on the video that surfaced earlier in the week. Rice and Janay Palmer met with Goodell on June 16 at the league's New York headquarters. "This video shows a starkly different sequence of events from what you and your representatives stated when we met on June 16, and is important new information that warrants reconsideration of the discipline imposed on you in July,” Goodell wrote in the letter, according to  ESPN . “Based on this new information, I have concluded that the discipline imposed upon you in July was insufficient under all the circumstances and have determined instead to impose an indefinite suspension.
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Peter Schmuck | September 9, 2014
I t may be difficult to believe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not see the damning Ray Rice elevator video until Monday, but that doesn't make liars of Goodell or league officials who say they were denied access. What we have here is a clear case of plausible deniability. Soon after the video hit the Internet and the tsunami of national anger began to wash over the sport, the league said it had requested all evidence pertaining to Rice's domestic assault arrest from the authorities in Atlantic City - including the elevator footage - but was not given a copy.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
  You can only shake your head in wonderment at cable TV when an ESPN show host gets it wrong as to what's in an investigative report that his own channel just published. And worse, it's on one of the biggest stories in the history of professional sports. That happened with Bob Ley on ESPN yesterday as he reported the results of a probe by the channel's "Outside the Lines" team into the Ray Rice elevator attack on his then-fiancée and what is looking more each day like a cover-up on the part of the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 19, 2014
There was a time not so long ago when the NFL seemed like it was coated in Teflon. No matter who did wrong or how badly the incident seemed to damage the credibility of the sport, the NFL would crank up the image machine, put it on spin cycle and emerge with its reputation and runaway revenues intact. Not anymore. The Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, which spun out of control when the infamous inside-elevator video became public 12 days ago, continues to damage the credibility of everyone it touches and still could be the undoing of embattled commissioner Roger Goodell.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous. " Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has become an advocate on the issue of sexual harassment in the military -- as well as sexism in Congress -- said that the Ravens and the league should have taken faster action in dealing with Rice.
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By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The furor over former Raven Ray Rice thrust the issue of domestic violence into the spotlight, but it also highlighted a part of football that fans likely spend little time thinking about: the league's security apparatus. Staffed largely by former police and federal law enforcement personnel — often high-ranking ones — the security departments maintained by the league and individual teams have a reputation of being able to work their contacts and launch behind-the-scenes investigations at the first sign of trouble.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
I wish Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti would have had the courage to come out and say that even if the organization did know exactly what happened that night that Ray Rice assaulted his then-fiancée, they made the decision they made because they knew Ray's family was better off with him as a Raven. Anyone who watched the video of the assault that TMZ.com published on Monday was disgusted saddened, and angry. People who hit their wives and girlfriends don't just do it once. It is one of the most despicable epidemics our society faces.
NEWS
September 12, 2014
On what planet do Roger Goodell and Steve Bisciotti live ( "Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti writes in letter, 'we let you down' in handling Rice incident," Sept. 9)? The first video showed Mr. Rice dragging his fiancée out of the elevator unconscious. She was on the floor. If he wasn't responsible for her being in that condition, don't you think he would have been carrying her in his arms? Obviously, she had been beaten. That seemed to be the given at the time. If they didn't think he had beaten her, why did they punish him in the first place?
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 19, 2014
There was a time not so long ago when the NFL seemed like it was coated in Teflon. No matter who did wrong or how badly the incident seemed to damage the credibility of the sport, the NFL would crank up the image machine, put it on spin cycle and emerge with its reputation and runaway revenues intact. Not anymore. The Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, which spun out of control when the infamous inside-elevator video became public 12 days ago, continues to damage the credibility of everyone it touches and still could be the undoing of embattled commissioner Roger Goodell.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence. Goodell recently instituted a policy with a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence offenders and a lifetime ban with the possibility of reinstatement after a year for second offenses. The letter to Goodell, also sent to The Baltimore Sun, follows former Ravens running back Ray Rice being indefinitely suspended for his domestic violence incident, for which he was charged with felony aggravated assault.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
League commissioner  Roger Goodell  notified the  NFL Players Association  on Friday that former  Ravens  running back  Ray Rice  was suspended indefinitely because his version of his February altercation with his then-fiancee was "starkly different" than the one shown on the video that surfaced earlier in the week. Rice and Janay Palmer met with Goodell on June 16 at the league's New York headquarters. "This video shows a starkly different sequence of events from what you and your representatives stated when we met on June 16, and is important new information that warrants reconsideration of the discipline imposed on you in July,” Goodell wrote in the letter, according to  ESPN . “Based on this new information, I have concluded that the discipline imposed upon you in July was insufficient under all the circumstances and have determined instead to impose an indefinite suspension.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence. Goodell recently instituted a policy with a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence offenders and a lifetime ban with the possibility of reinstatement after a year for second offenses. The letter to Goodell, also sent to The Baltimore Sun, follows former Ravens running back Ray Rice being indefinitely suspended for his domestic violence incident, for which he was charged with felony aggravated assault.
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