Meanwhile, the NFL has more pressing matters at hand: Player discipline, most vividly illustrated by Goodell's four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in "Deflategate." The suspension was overturned by a judge who said Goodell overreached not an uncommon thought about a leader who has struggled to find balance in handing out punishment in a number of areas. One of those areas, domestic violence, was back in the news Thursday, when allegations surfaced that quarterback Johnny Manziel hit his former girlfriend. Fantasy football: Authorities in several states have questioned the legality of fantasy football "daily" games games that last less than a full season saying they are akin to gambling. Fantasy football is considered a major growth area for the NFL, one that could be severely curtailed. Officiating and quality of play: Though there were many examples of poor referee-work and just as many poorly played games this season, Goodell brushed it off, instead touting a record number of contests decided by eight points or less. Los Angeles: The league still has to decide if the Chargers or Raiders will join the Rams in L.A., though just getting back into the country's second-largest market can only boost the value of future TV/media deals. "These owners look at their Wall Street buddies who have 40-to-50-billion-dollar businesses and they're like, 'We're only a 12-billion-dollar business,'" said former Packers executive Andrew Brandt, who now teaches and also reports on the business of the NFL. "I think the way they use this link look at their world is so different from the average fan." The average fan does not stay away from football despite the steady drumbeat of bad news. Super Bowl week opened with news about late Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who was revealed to have suffered from CTE, a brain disease associated with head trauma that has been discovered during autopsies of dozens of football players. Goodell insists the NFL is working on making the game safer. In response to the season's violent outbursts by Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and others, he suggested a rule that would call for an automatic ejection if a player receives two personal fouls in a game.
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