What is your opinion on Roger Goodell

NFL boss Roger Goodell: A good lieutenant

“The most powerful sports manager in the USA” - this honorary title was awarded to him by the business magazine “Business Week”. But Goodell is nothing like a charismatic doer. At the press conference in the run-up to the NFL final, the Super Bowl in Phoenix, his face was as unmoved as if an overdose of Botox had been injected. And what he says is largely negligible. Talking general places, filled with typical US superlatives. Everything is “terrific”, everyone is “excited” before the game of the year between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, which the New York Giants won with a surprising 17:14.

Goodell is without question the most powerful manager in US sport. And yet he will have to prove in the coming months whether he is really suitable for his post. The Super Bowl in Phoenix could be the beginning of relegation.

In August 2006 it looks different. The long-time commissioner - this is the official NFL chief position - Paul Tagliabue is stepping down. Under his reign, the league has largely outdone its national opponents of basketball, ice hockey and baseball. It had a turnover of over six billion dollars, and until 2012 it earned at least three billion dollars a year from TV rights. No wonder there are extremely prominent candidates for Tagliabue's successor. US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is being traded, as are Presidential Brother and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. But it will be the good lieutenant Tagliabues: Goodell. "There is no better way to prepare for this post than him," said John Mara, president of the New York Giants after Goodell was elected. Pat Bowlen, President of the Denver Broncos, describes him as “smart and honest”.

Goodell has been active for the league for 24 years, working his way up from intern to organizing board. In this role he learned to deal with the egomaniacal characters of the team owners. Because the NFL is not a European sports league, it is a commercial enterprise whose shares are held by the owners of the 32 teams. A large part of the clubs is in the hands of family dynasties worth billions, for whom tough negotiations are everyday life.