With the NFL stuck in lockout limbo, Commissioner Roger Goodell has been reaching out to fans.
And Monday night, he spent 45-minutes talking to Buffalo Bills fans.
It was the latest in Goodell's fan forum series, where season ticket holders from various NFL teams get to question the Commissioner on a variety of issues. The session with Bills fans was the 16th fan forum Goodell has participated in since mid-April. The league has five more sessions in the works.
Bills fans seemed mostly concerned about the ongoing NFL lockout, and its' possible impact on the future of the Bills in Buffalo.
One fan asked about the owners revenue sharing scheme, and whether small market teams like Buffalo might be threatened if a new scheme is put in place, under a new collective bargaining agreement with players.
Goodell offered no guarantees, but he did say any future CBA is likely to include substantial revenue sharing among owners.
"You always have to evaluate that system," Goodell said. "You always have to balance that system, to make sure that as the economics of the league changes, as revenue growth changes, that you continue to have a system that will allow that revenue to grow, but also will share it in a way that will allow the fundamentals of the league to continue to be succesful."
"I know our ownership has always stepped up to that, and we will continue to do that, to make sure that everyone has the financial ability, and that we can make sure the Buffalo Bills as well as every other small market team, can come into the season with the ability to be competitive."
Goodell also noted that he is frustrated by the lack of progress in the current collective bargaining talks, saying it was important that the league and the players negotiate a deal.
"I guess I can tell you I am frustrated with the pace," he said, "especially since very little progress has been made since we met with a mediator on March 11th."
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