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Bayou Backlash Building Against Goodell

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When the NFL first disclosed the existence of a three-year bounty system maintained and administered by the Saints, one of the immediate concerns became the reaction in New Orleans to the punishments that were, at the time, still undetermined.  Over the past six seasons, a once-downtrodden franchise had become one of the proudest in the NFL, and in February the Super Bowl returns to the Superdome for the first time in 11 years.

In the immediate aftermath of the rash of suspensions, including the one-year banishment of head coach Sean Payton, there were no signs of any local anger or resentment toward the team, with a 98-percent season-ticket renewal, ongoing...

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