Goodell pushes for new stadium in Atlanta

Published November 11, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Atlanta likely will have to build a new stadium if it wants to host another Super Bowl.

The Falcons have been pushing for a new facility to replace the 18-year-old Georgia Dome, which hosted the title game in 1994 and 2000. Goodell was in the city to attend a Thursday night game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Goodell reiterated that his top priorities are securing a new labor agreement and doing all he can to protect the players. The league already has cracked down on helmet-to-helmet hits with hefty fines.

The contract with the players runs out in March. If a new agreement can't be reached, the 2011 season could be in jeopardy.

Written by <P class="ap-story-p">By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer</P>

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