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Roger Goodell Open To American Football As Olympic Sport

Roger Goodell wants football in the Olympics

Despite the International Olympic Committee deciding that American-dominated baseball and softball — sports played in many other nations — don’t get to be Olympic sports anymore, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks football has a chance.

“We have already taken steps to gain that IOC recognition,” Goodell said last week in a radio appearance. “We have, I think, 64 countries that are playing American football now, and that’s one of the requirements.”

Getting a sport into the Olympics isn’t the easiest task, but football is growing internationally. The NFL plays a yearly regular season game in London, soon may play more. NBC News reports that there is still talk of one day placing an NFL franchise in the British capital, even from Goodell himself. Nevertheless, there will be no Olympic football in Rio in 2016, or anytime soon.

“No, again, those decisions are made by the IOC,” Goodell said according to Deadspin, which reported many of Goodell’s quotes from the appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “They look at how the game is being played around the globe, and we’re trying to make sure we continue to broaden the scope of our game, and if they give us the opportunity we certainly would push for it.”

Columnist Bob Molinaro for The Virginian-Pilot points out that Olympic football would have some pitfalls. First, the Olympics are just more than two weeks long (17 days), so there’s a question to be asked about how many games could even be played. Next, who would play? Molinaro suggest pros would have no interest due to increased risk of injury, but then again considering the likely American dominance it shouldn’t be too hard to field a team capable of winning the gold medal.

Last he adds that while we all love football, the Olympics actually give a nice break from the monotony of training camp stories that are usually dominating the headlines this time of year.

So Roger Goodell wants to see American football one day make it as an Olympic sport. Olympic Football? Is that something you’d like to see? Discuss below.

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5 Responses to “Roger Goodell Open To American Football As Olympic Sport”

  1. Daniel Palm

    I would like to see this one day, but it would probably always end up as USA gold, Canada silver, and the rest wide open for the bronze!

  2. William Jenkins

    This will never happen. They got rid of baseball because it was to expensive for host countries to build a stadium for something that would nvr sellout. the same thing with football just not enough interest outside the U.S. n Canada. :(

  3. Glenn Packard

    They needa put baseball in the one thing I could go for cause that's when I'm at my best they take it out now how do I helps country get a gold medal table tennis ? Like out it back

  4. Nick Samodurov

    football originally was a great idea and its still great today if it was an olympic sport it would sell out easilly and there are other countries outside of the us and canada who have big franchises. only they play more soccer than football but still