After Lockout, Goodell Must Listen to Players

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Once NFL owners and players finally sign the new collective bargaining agreement that will carry them through the next 10 years, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's next move is such a no-brainer he should already be working on his itinerary.

He should go on a listening tour of NFL training camps. Tell the players -- even the ones calling him a fraud, a joke, a devil and a crook -- they can put away their checkbooks and he'll put away the fines he's been handing out since he instituted the NFL's personal conduct policy -- the single most despised invention of his tenure. Then get in a room, shut the door and air everything out. Man to man, face to face.

The reason Goodell should do it now is not because he should worry about being universally liked. No...

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