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Five finalists for commissioner post announced

(July 30, 2006) -- The special eight-man Search Committee appointed by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to recommend candidates for his successor announced the names of five individuals to be placed before NFL club owners at a meeting Aug. 7-9 at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago.

The five nominees, according to Committee co-chairmen Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers, are:

ROGER S. GOODELL, 47, New York, N.Y. Executive Vice President and COO, NFL.

GREGG H. LEVY, 53, Washington, D.C. Partner, Covington & Burling law firm.

FREDERICK R. NANCE, 52, Cleveland, Ohio. Partner, Squire Sanders & Dempsey law firm.

ROBERT L. REYNOLDS, 54, Concord, Mass. Vice Chairman and COO, Fidelity Investments.

MAYO A. SHATTUCK III, 51, Baltimore, Md. Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Constellation Energy.

In addition to Rooney and Richardson, the Search Committee includes Al Davis, Oakland Raiders; Clark Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Woody Johnson, New York Jets; Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys; Robert Kraft, New England Patriots; and Mike McCaskey, Chicago Bears.

The finalists were nominated by the committee from a group of 185 candidates, which was narrowed to 11. These 11 candidates were interviewed by the Search Committee in Detroit earlier this week. All candidates underwent an extensive interview process assisted by the executive search firm of Korn Ferry.

The balloting procedures set forth by Commissioner Tagliabue, who will chair the meeting, will be as follows:

Each candidate will make a presentation to the 32 clubs Aug. 7 in Chicago.

Each club will be represented by an owner or owner designee.

After these presentations, the clubs will divide into subgroups. Each candidate then will be interviewed by owners or club representatives in each subgroup for a specific period of time.

When these interviews and subsequent discussions among the league's members are completed, the voting will begin.

Procedures will be set for determining whether particular ballots will be secret or open.

The affirmative vote of two-thirds of the league's member clubs, i.e. 22 votes of 32, is needed to elect a new commissioner. Attendance by every club in the league is mandatory.

Deloitte & Touche USA will count the votes.

Candidate Background

ROGER GOODELL, 47, New York, N.Y. Executive Vice President, COO of the NFL. Oversees league business and football operations. Began career as trainee at Jones & Laughlin Steel in 1981. Joined NFL as intern in 1982, worked for New York Jets as PR/administrative intern in 1983-84 before rejoining NFL office in 1984. Assumed increasing responsibility at league and held number of positions, including EVP of business, properties and club services. Promoted to present position in 2001. Washington & Jefferson College, BA, 1981. Married; two children.

GREGG H. LEVY, 53, Washington, D.C. Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, the law firm where Tagliabue worked in 1989 when appointed Commissioner. Joined Covington & Burling in 1977. Is co-chair of firm's litigation group; the principal outside counsel for the NFL; and has played the lead role in all recent appellate victories for the league, including Maurice Clarett eligibility case in 2004. Harvard College, BA, 1974; Harvard Law School, JD, 1977. Married; four children.

FREDERICK R. NANCE, 52, Cleveland, Ohio. Managing Partner of the Cleveland office of Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP law firm. Nance, on behalf of the city of Cleveland, handled the negotiation with the NFL guaranteeing the return of the Browns to that city in 1999. Also served as project counsel on all aspects of the Browns Stadium development. Joined firm in 1978, named partner in 1987, and assumed present position in 2002. Harvard University, BA, 1975. University of Michigan, JD, 1978. Married; two children.

ROBERT L. REYNOLDS, 54, Concord, Mass. Vice Chairman and COO of Fidelity Investments. Began at Fidelity in 1984 as vice president of firm's Management Trust Company and held several executive positions before being named to current position in 2000. Started career in 1974 at Wheeling (W.Va.) Dollar Bank, and joined NCNB (now Bank of America) in 1977. West Virginia University, BS, 1974. Married; four children.

MAYO A. SHATTUCK III, 51, Baltimore, Md. Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Constellation Energy. The firm ranks 125th on the Fortune 500 and owns energy-related businesses that had revenue of $17.1 billion in 2006 with 9,700 employees. Began career in 1985 with Alex Brown and Sons, a corporte and investment bank. Joined the Bankers Trust Company in 1997 as its vice chairman and moved to Deutsche Bank in Baltimore in 1999, rising to chairman of the board in 2001. Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., BA; Stanford University, masters in business. Married, five children.

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Thank God someone had the vision to include Michael McCaskey to the search team. They would have done better to include Paris Hilton. At least she had some feel of football injected in her via Urlacher.

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ROGER GOODELL, 47, New York, N.Y. Executive Vice President, COO of the NFL. Oversees league business and football operations. Began career as trainee at Jones & Laughlin Steel in 1981. Joined NFL as intern in 1982, worked for New York Jets as PR/administrative intern in 1983-84 before rejoining NFL office in 1984. Assumed increasing responsibility at league and held number of positions, including EVP of business, properties and club services. Promoted to present position in 2001. Washington & Jefferson College, BA, 1981. Married; two children.

Intern to Commish in just over 20 years? That would be sweet for him. I wonder if they asked him his 20 year plan on the internship interview?

I am going to run this whole league!

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