The head of the National Football League, Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaks at 92nd Street Y for the first time.
In the midst of the NFL playoffs and just weeks before the Super Bowl takes place in the New York area, Goodell will open up about the league’s changes, challenges and place in American culture. Former chief AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller moderates.
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The 8th chief executive in the NFL’s 93-yr history, Roger Goodell became commissioner in 2006 and has focused on making the game safer and better, growing the NFL’s popularity and strengthening all 32 NFL franchises through innovation. Fan interest has soared under his leadership. He now can boast the largest television audiences in league history & enormous growth in online & social media engagement. He’s addressed issues health and safety, medical needs & pensions of retired players, personal conduct, revenue sharing, stadium construction; media innovation, & international development.
In 2011, he helped secure a landmark 10-yr Collective Bargaining Agreement, the longest in the history of professional sports, and the longest ever television contract extensions (9yrs. with CBS, FOX, and NBC-TV). The NFL continues to be the only sports league that shows all of its regular-season and playoff games on free, over-the-air television. He’s also strengthened the league’s anti-steroids policy, launched a new series of international regular-season games, improved the NFL’s news media access policies to better serve fans and revamped & enhanced the league’s programs to support and assist players and former players.
Born in Jamestown, NY, he was the third of five sons and his late father, Charles, represented his western NY district in the U.S Congress from 1959-68. His father was appointed by then-New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to serve the final two years of Robert Kennedy’s term in the U.S. Senate following Kennedy’s assassination.
In 1971 the family moved to Westchester NY and Roger became a three-sport participant at Bronxville High School in football, basketball and baseball, was the captain of all three teams and was named athlete of the year at Bronxville High. He graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA with a degree in economics. He currently serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NY & Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY.
He and his wife live in the New York City area with their twin daughters.
Ben Feller is a managing director at Mercury, a public strategy firm. An award-winning writer, Ben offers strategic counsel on communications after a 20-year journalism career in which he distinguished himself as one of the finest reporters in the nation.
Prior to joining Mercury in 2013, Ben served as the chief White House correspondent for The Associated Press, a premier role in which he led presidential coverage for the largest news organization in the world. He offers expertise on the media, politics, writing, and a deep reputation across the political spectrum for his fairness and accuracy.
Ben spent more than six years covering President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush, reporting on all facets of their domestic, foreign and political agendas. As chief correspondent, Ben helped set the tone for the press corps and often got the first question at news conferences. He also managed the AP’s White House reporting team and served as a liaison to bureaus around the globe.
Ben traveled aboard Air Force One across the United States and to more than 25 other countries in covering the last two presidents. In total, he spent a decade covering Washington’s policies and politics, including four years as a national education writer.
Ben’s full-time career began in 1993 as a reporter for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. He also wrote for the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. and The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Fla.
A native of State College, Pennsylvania, Ben graduated from Penn State in 1992. He lives with his wife, Elisabeth, and their son, Sam, in New York City.