Roger Goodell: The Most Powerful Man in Sports

The NFL boss expects scandals. What keeps him up at night is maintaining momentum in a shifting media landscape
MAKING THE CALLS Goodell (ranked 1) doles out the discipline Mark Humphrey/AP Photo

Every day, Roger Goodell is reminded of the importance of conviction. Hanging on the wall of the National Football League Commissioner's Park Avenue office is a framed letter that his late father, Senator Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.), sent to President Richard Nixon denouncing the war in Vietnam. Few Republican lawmakers at the time came out against the conflict, and Senator Goodell's stance would eventually cost him his political career.

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