Goodell has been active in trying to grow the sport internationally, and keeps talking about an NFL franchise in London (another terrible idea, by the way).
Now, he's saying that he has started the necessary steps to have his sport considered as possibly an Olympic sport.
I want the US to win as many medals as possible, but this seems like a cheap way to get it done. Also, it's just not a sport that works with the Olympic format.
The Olympics last about two weeks. That means, at the absolute most, a team could play 3 games, if they played on the very first and very last days of the entire Olympics. Realistically, that leaves room for an 8-team single elimination tournament, at the absolute most.
The real problem, however, is that American football simply isn't an international sport. It's certainly the most popular sport in the US, but takes a back burner everywhere else.
You could take a decent high school team from the United States, and they'd probably wipe the floor with pretty much every other country, simply because the other countries don't train nearly as hard as we do, and don't care nearly as much as we do about football.
I understand that Goodell wants to further his legacy by trying to expand the sport on an international level, but let's crawl before we walk, shall we?
Olympic basketball is embarrassing enough, with the Americans blowing out teams by 83 points. Football would be even worse on the scoreboard, and would likely result in quite a few injuries to opponents, as well.
Call me crazy, but that's just not the Olympic spirit.