How Roger Goodell made the NFL bigger, richer, more powerful — and now more divided — than ever before.
Within the past year, Goodell has told friends privately that he believes if the game’s hard-knocks culture doesn’t change, it [a player dying during an NFL game] could happen again. “He’s terrified of it,” says a Hall of Fame player who speaks regularly with Goodell. “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”