NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will hold its annual meeting this fall in Orlando, Florida, and it’s time to make a decision on whether the league will be forced to move the 2018 season to October.
The league’s new season will kick off Oct. 10.
Goodell made the announcement on Monday during a conference call to discuss the 2018 regular season, which opens Oct. 13.
Goodell said the league is “in discussions with the league office” to determine if there is a chance to move a date, which would allow the league to hold its conference call and get more feedback from its members.
“There’s a number of different considerations that have to be considered,” Goodell said.
“It’s something that we’ve talked about, and I think the league’s going to take that into consideration in some way.”
Goodell said he’s “open to a date change” that would allow for more time to discuss scheduling issues, but that’s not a guarantee.
Goodell reiterated that the league isn’t ready to make an announcement on a move yet, but added, “we’re open to doing something.”
The NFL has held its first conference call in three years since Goodell was named commissioner in January 2018.
The NFL said it will hold the first conference calls in 2019 and 2020.
Goodell’s comments came as the league has been criticized for not meeting with fans or media during the 2017 regular season.
Some of those issues have come to light over the past month.
Fans protested the start of the NFL’s preseason games at Soldier Field, and some players took a knee during the national anthem before games.
Goodell has not commented publicly on the protests, but his comments on Monday didn’t directly address the issue.
Goodell also acknowledged that some of the league-sanctioned protests against President Donald Trump during the NFL season have been disrespectful.
“The vast majority of the people who have been engaged in this, it’s not been disrespectful,” Goodell told reporters.
“But there’s certainly been some folks who have done things that are disrespectful, and that’s something we’ve addressed.
Goodell added that “there are a lot of things that have happened” in the past few months that have hurt the league and the fans, including “tweets that were not appropriate.” “
So, yeah, it has been a challenging year for everybody involved.”
Goodell added that “there are a lot of things that have happened” in the past few months that have hurt the league and the fans, including “tweets that were not appropriate.”
Goodell reiterated on Monday that the NFL doesn’t need to hold a press conference to explain why it doesn’t want to move its 2018 season from October to October, but the league still wants to get feedback from fans.
The conference call will take place in Orlando.