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NFL | Goodell remains the favorite to be new NFL commissioner

Gary Myers, of the New York Daily News, reports Roger Goodell is positioned to become the next commissioner of the NFL, but he will have to withstand a challenge from at least one high-powered corporate CEO when owners vote Aug. 7-9 in Chicago on Paul Tagliabue's successor. There are 15 candidates still on the list, but after an owners meeting next Monday in Detroit, the eight-member search committee is expected to narrow it to three or four finalists and bring them to Chicago for the owners to interview and then vote on. It will take 22 out of 32 votes to send Tagliabue into retirement. Although Falcons' president/general manager Rich McKay and Ravens' president Dick Cass are club executives who have been under consideration, Goodell's main competition is expected to come from outside the league. "I still think Roger Goodell has the inside track, but it's hard to make a truly accurate assessment without knowing who the other candidates are," one owner said. Goodell has been the favorite from the day Tagliabue announced his retirement plans March 20.

2006-07-18 05:59:05 | Source:

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