Interaction between CBA and Goodell’s power more complex than it seems | ProFootballTalk
But anyone who claim that last year the players "allowed" Goodell to have his current power either doesn’t get it, or is deliberately distorting the facts. Goodell already had the power, obtaining it not from the current NFLPA leadership but from former union boss Gene Upshaw, via past labor deals. When the time comes to renegotiate the labor contract, the parties come to the table with the rights and duties they already possessed.
And if one side wants to taketh something away, that side had better be ready to giveth something in return.
As it relates to his power over issues like player discipline,Goodell flatly refused to surrender that power during negotiations occurring after the players and the league worked out a deal on the manner in which the money gets divided.
"The answer to that is no, I’m not going to be open to that," Goodell said at the time. "I’m not going to hand off the brand and the reputation of the NFL to somebody who is not associated with the NFL. I promise you that. That is one of the number one jobs as a commissioner in my opinion."
An interesting read. Florio lays out a pretty good explanation on why what happened Monday was essentially a kangaroo court.