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We are aware of the conversations that are going on and as commissioner of the NFL I am singularly focused on the Super Bowl. We have a unique position to have an event on Sunday that will bring the world together. We feel good about what we're doing.
Not for a second. Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats; he has been for several years. He's on the precipice of at least potentially winning his fifth Super Bowl ring. He's an extraordinary player, a great performer and a surefire Hall of Famer. So it would be an honor. We have two great games and you've got to choose. And frankly, the focus should be on the players, the coaches and the great game. That's the way it was this weekend, and the way it should be.
We had two great games. I was in Boston two years ago for the divisional and the (conference) championship games. I try to get to as many stadiums as I can.
I think there are some real strengths to the Las Vegas market. It's clear the Las Vegas market has become a more diversified market, more broadly involved with entertainment, hosting big events. And there's a growth to the market.
Relocation is painful for teams and communities. It is especially painful for fans, and the fans in San Diego have given the Chargers strong and loyal support for more than 50 years, which makes it even more disappointing that we could not solve the stadium issue. As difficult as the news is for Charger fans, I know Dean Spanos and his family did everything they could to try to find a viable solution in San Diego.
The Chargers worked tirelessly this past year with local officials and community leaders on a ballot initiative that fell short on election day. That work - and the years of effort that preceded it - reflects our strongly held belief we always should do everything we can to keep a franchise in its community. That's why we have a deliberate and thoughtful process for making these decisions.
For more than a decade, the San Diego Chargers have worked diligently toward finding a local stadium solution, which all sides agreed was required.
The challenges of getting stadiums built is something that we've worked very hard on. We have not made great progress in Oakland and San Diego. There is not a stadium proposal on the table that we think addresses the long-term issues of the clubs and the communities.
This is healthy for us. We should continue to find ways to continue to extend that and make sure that we address things that we think we could make better.
We're evaluating every aspect of the game presentation on television, on media platforms and also in stadiums.
But ultimately it's for the community to decide. We have worked to try to get the referendum passed. And we'll continue to work with the local officials. But ultimately, they have to determine what it is they want to do in the community, what it is that can work for the community and the team.
London is an amazing city. We have had tremendous support from our fans, from Mayor Khan and other government leaders and business partners, and we are looking forward to taking the next step in the UK by playing four games in London next season.
We take this issue incredibly seriously. ... When it happens we're not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we'll evaluate that in the context of our policy and we'll take it from there.
We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that's been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren't able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have.
From my perspective, there clearly are shifts in society and the way people view gambling and the way you view even lotteries.
I don't think there is a single reason for it.
There clearly has been a society shift as far as how people view gambling. We are still very much opposed to legalized gambling on sports. We think that has an impact on the integrity of our game.
We're seeing what we structured five years ago working very well for all parties. It's leading to a safer game. We think it's leading to more long-term investments in the communities and stadiums ... and it has obviously led to increases in compensation.
We've talked about it, and ... that is something we might want to do.
It comes to balancing a lot of issues and keeping the professional standards we want to hold. It's part of being a professional.
I truly respect our players wanting to speak out and change their community.
I think where they're moving and how they're moving there is very productive and we're going to encourage that.