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NFL commissioner delivers 'State of the Game' address

ATLANTA, GA (ABC4 News) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his "State of the Game" address Wednesday in Atlanta, Ga., the site of Super Bowl 53.

A lot of hot topics took center stage, but questions surrounding the controversary of the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams NFC Championship Game ranked right at the top.   
 
NFL fans are still talking about the no call of pass interference on the Rams that pretty much kept the Saints out of Super Bowl 53. The NFL did admit after the game the officials missed the call, but not a single word on this issue publicly from Commissioner Roger Goodell, until Wednesday.

"Whenever an officiating is a part of any kind of discussion postgame is never a good outcome for us," he said. 'We know that our clubs know that our officials know that, but we also know our officials are human. We also know they are officiating a game that moves very quickly, and have to make snap decisions under difficult circumstances."

Commissioner Goodell says he's open to adding replay that would include situations like the one that took place in the NFC Championship game.

"Technology is not going to solve all those issues. The game is not officiated by robots, it's not going to be. But we have to continue to go down that path," he said.

Despite this controversy, Goodell, who reportedly makes north of $30 million a year, has the league still in its prime. 

"This season has demonstrated that there's never been a better time to be a part of the NFL," said Goodnell. "As a fan, as a player, as a team, our game is getting better and better and our engagement and popularity is unmatched"

Ratings are through the roof and just a couple of weeks ago, over 53 million tuned in for the AFC Championship Game and over 110 million are expected to watch Super Bowl 53 on Sunday.



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