Roger Goodell Doesn't Want Any Drama With Patriots Fans

Roger Goodell, Tom Brady

Roger Goodell Doesn't Want Any Drama With Patriots Fans

Commissioner won't attend NFL season opener in Foxborough.

Published September 4, 2015

It's a usual tradition for any league commissioner to attend that sport's season opener, but Roger Goodell is going to break the norm and it's probably wise that he does.

The NFL commissioner is persona non grata in New England so he won't be stepping foot in enemy territory when the 2015 season kicks off on September 10.

Soon after Tom Brady beat the NFL in his Deflategate court case Thursday, wiping out his four-game suspension, Goodell announced that he will skip the season-opener between the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.


According to Fox Sports, Goodell elected not to attend because he "believes the focus should be on the game on the field and the festivities celebrating the Patriots' Super Bowl championship," but of course that decision is personal after the league commissioner's sour defeat in court.

Remember, it was Goodell who heard Brady's appeal in late July and decided to stick to his four-game suspension on the Patriots quarterback before Judge Richard Berman nullified the ban Thursday, clearing the way for Brady to rejoin the Patriots and start the first game of the season.

Although Goodell won't be attending next Thursday night's game, he will attend one of the opening Sunday games. 

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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