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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:53 pm 
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It appears that both Rich McKay and Arthur Blank played key roles in getting the final deal together:

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One was proposed by the New York Jets and New England, a second by Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Then John Mara of the New York Giants, Pat Bowlen of Denver and Jerry Richardson of Carolina met with Tagliabue and put the ideas together.

Jones and Arthur Blank of Atlanta contributed a little more, and then Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney, whose son Art was involved in the Pittsburgh plan, joined with Atlanta general manager Rich McKay for additional touches.


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Honestly, I'd put our combo up against any in the league, although if you took a poll I'm sure New England would be the leader. If you've ever heard McKay speak, then you start to realize we should be in very good hands. He is on the short list for the next Commish. As for Blank, I don't know how he could have done any more than he has since arriving in Atl.


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I saw on the NFL Network last night, that one of the top assistants in the league office right now is the frontrunner to take over Tag's job if he decides to retire. So that means we should have McKay for the forseeable future.

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Sportscenter had Mortenson commenting on his retirement. He had the guy you're referring to, can't recall the name, something with a G I believe. But the name after that one was McKay like I was thinking. However, that inside guy was mentioned at the BIG favorite.


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An excerpt from a NY Daily News article:

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Several sources believe the two leading candidates to replace Tagliabue would be Roger Goodell, the league's executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Falcons president Rich McKay, who is the co-chairman of the league's powerful competition committee.

Goodell's father was Charles Goodell, who succeeded Robert Kennedy as a U.S. senator from New York in 1968. Roger Goodell was instrumental in completing the collective bargaining agreement negotiations and developed an excellent relationship working with Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players Association. Goodell also has been involved in the league's efforts to put a team back in Los Angeles.

McKay, an attorney when he first went to work for the Bucs before moving to the Falcons, has developed into one of the most respected executives in the league. Another name that has surfaced is that of Ravens president Dick Cass, who took on a leadership role in Dallas this week in the CBA talks. Cass once represented Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when Jones and the league sued each other in a fight over Jones' sponsorship deals.

One other interesting potential candidate: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In 2002, when she was President Bush's national security adviser, she expressed interest in becoming NFL commissioner if Tagliabue decided to leave.

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Condoleezza Rice - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WAY!

Roger Goodell - yep, that was the fav mort talked about


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