Goodell expects to speak with players’ union head DeMaurice Smith before the end of the week and hopes to have the NFLPA’s recommendations on punishment for players involved in the bounties by then or soon after. The league will be scheduling additional hearings in the investigation.
_ The NFL will not be awarding the 2016 Super Bowl, its 50th, to any city this year. Goodell said he expects many bidders for the game.
“It’s an important game for us,” he said. “We’re looking at plans to make it spectacular.”
There’s been speculation the league was hoping a suitable stadium would be in place in Los Angeles by 2016. The first Super Bowl was played in the LA Coliseum.
_ The league is prepared to make an agreement with the union on HGH testing if a population study is the only thing standing in the way.
_ The 18-game schedule has not been discussed and the NFL wants to go through a full cycle of the offseason schedule that came with the new collective bargaining agreement before reviewing the subject.
_ No consensus has been reached in the medical community on the value of having an independent neurologist on the sidelines during games. Discussions likely will continue.