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Goodell could get another tool to defend sport

With the owners meeting set to begin Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hopes owners will accept a lower standard of proof in cases involving integrity -- particularly spying, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: March 18, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The theme heading into the NFL owners meeting is integrity. Coming off Spygate and the 49ers' tampering penalty, commissioner Roger Goodell must make sure the game is as clean as possible.

Give Goodell credit. He's willing to confront tough issues. Although it can be debated whether his penalty against Patriots coach Bill Belichick for the illicit taping was too light, Goodell and the NFL acted quickly once they found something illegal had occurred. ...

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