I’ve been asked repeatedly if the Carolina Panthers will have the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft if there is no 2011 season. I don’t know the answer.
But the question was asked of a much higher authority recently. In a conference call with Carolina season-ticket holders, commissioner Roger Goodell was asked that question and he didn’t really answer it.
“We haven’t given any consideration to a season-long work stoppage,’’ Goodell said. “That’s obviously not our objective and we’re going to hopefully get this resolved and not miss any part of the 2011 season. That’s our objective and that’s what we’re working towards. Although I will note that some of the litigation that has been brought by the attorneys for the union is challenging the legality and the competitiveness of the draft. So, those are things that we think are important to our game going forward and we’re going to continue to fight for them."
Goodell also was asked about Charlotte as a possible Super Bowl host in the future. His answer wasn’t as encouraging as it was for Atlanta when Goodell did a conference call with Falcons’ season-ticket holders.
“The Super Bowl has become such a huge event and it requires so much infrastructure on behalf of the host committee -- not only a great stadium, which is our stage which you all have, but it’s also an infrastructure," Goodell said. “I think we’re to a minimum of 30,000 hotel rooms to host a Super Bowl. Convention facilities. So it’s something that the community has to make a decision on whether they have the infrastructure needs, and then it’s a competitive bid process because there’s a lot of great communities, a lot of great stadiums that are competing for this event.”
You can read the entire transcript of what Goodell had to say to Carolina fans here.