Brent Musburger Rips Roger Goodell, Wants Barack Obama To Be Next NFL Commissioner

"He's the weakest commissioner this league has ever had," Musburger says.

McNeil & Parkins Show
May 25, 2018 - 10:22 am
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

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(670 The Score) Iconic former broadcaster Brent Musburger, who now headlines the ViSN empire, is a big critic of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose league hasn't embraced sports gambling in the way others have and who now has a controversy on his hands after a new policy was enacted this week requiring players on the field to stand during the national anthem.

"It seems to me that this commissioner can't get out of his way," Musburger said in an interview on the McNeil & Parkins Show on Thursday afternoon. "I've read comments from both sides of the particular issue, and I don't think he satisfied anybody. And the truth of the matter is, guys, if this commissioner was a strong leader, he would've put that fire out a week after Colin Kaepernick thought this was what he should do during the playing of the national anthem before a San Francisco 49er game. A good leader would never let this fester. The NBA took care of this way back in the day. There's not any particular issue.

"To me, it seems like they mad a bad situation worse. It was getting better on its own.

"Nobody was talking about it."

Musburger kept going in on Goodell.

"By far, he's the weakest commissioner this league has ever had," Musburger said. "This should never ever have gotten to this point. He doesn't understand gambling either."

Musburger has a candidate in mind to replace Goodell in an ideal world.

"If I had had the ear of the owners -- this is going to sound outrageous -- I would've said go see what Barack Obama has got on his agenda for the next few years," Musburger said. "Obama is a very knowledgeable sports guy. He follows it very closely. He's a decent person. I think he would've brought the factions together, because it seems to me, you've got the African-American athletes -- about 80, 85 percent of the league -- matched against your, for the large part, Caucasian owners out there. So I would've really looked to him as someone to heal it. We know he's got great leadership ability. Whether or not you agreed or disagreed with what he did as president, that's irrelevant."