NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday, and among the things discussed was the NFL’s revocation of Barstool Sports’ Super Bowl week credentials.
Ever the politician, Goodell denied knowledge of what happened with Barstool.
Goodell on @barstoolsports being banned from Super Bowl week: "I am not familiar with this."
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) February 1, 2017
He also claimed to trust the NFL’s decision-making process, despite not knowing about what was going on.
When PFT asked Goodell about the decision at today’s annual “State of the League” press conference, Goodell said he didn’t know anything about Barstool Sports or the decision to ban it, but he did say he entrusts the people who work in the league’s media offices to make the right decisions, and he assumes they had a good reason.
PFT also went above and beyond by asking about the “No Fun League” designation slapped upon the league, specifically related to banning a popular outlet like Barstool
PFT also asked Goodell whether banning a popular outlet with younger fans would perpetuate the view that NFL stands for No Fun League. Goodell said he doesn’t see that as a concern.
Of course he doesn’t.
The NFL’s efforts didn’t deter viewers from tuning in to the Barstool Rundown, though – the show drew 310,000 viewers Monday night on Comedy Central.