Super Bowl XLIX: Press conferences and more press conferences

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Today we have two video reports from the press conferences of the Seattle Seahawks and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Seahawks talked about the preparation for the game on Sunday and about Marshawn Lynch’s time on Media Day when his only answer to 29 questions was, “I’m only here so I don’t get fined.”

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For the commissioner’s press conference the mood was electric. This has been a rough 12 months for the usually popular commissioner. He’s had to deal with off-field scandals, the head and brain injury issue and now deflategate, a scandal his investigators are confirming is true.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Someone tampered with the footballs in the AFC championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots and the NFL investigators indicate the finger points to the New England locker room.

People have begun to stop taking Goodell seriously. Everyone knows he and Patriots owner Bob Kraft are great friends so the question is: how impartial can Goodell be in a scandal that involves one of his closest friends. The commissioner makes 47 million dollars a year and Kraft controls the committee that controls Goodell’s salary.

It’s definitely a sticky situation for Roger Goodell and the press corps was in the mood to grill the commissioner when he took the podium for his press conference. He got every question about the scandals and issues that you’d expect and Goodell stood there to answer it all. And he hoped, to talk about the Super Bowl.

(Photos by Claudia Gestro)