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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Roger Goodell - Sportsbook.com Odds Makers Pick Him To Be NFL Commissioner

Press Release Source: Sportsbook.com and Yahoo! Finance

Sportsbook.com odds makers choose Roger Goodell to be next NFL Commissioner
Wednesday August 2, 9:00 am ET

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ - The new commissioner of the NFL is expected to be decided during an August 7-9 meeting of the selection committee in Chicago. Sportsbook.com, the world's largest online sportsbook and casino, has been following the story since Tagliabue's retirement and has updated odds now that the five finalists have been confirmed.
Roger Goodell, NFL COO continues to be the front runner, with odds of 2-5 to take the top NFL post. The COO has been working with Tagliabue since 1990 when he started as a Director, and is entrenched in all areas of the NFL business.

Goodell's closest challenger is Gregg Levy, the league's outside council, the position Tagliabue held before he became commissioner. As the chief legal consultant Levy maintains close contact with most of the team owners.

"It will be hard for the owners to replace Tagliabue, with his solid relationships with the NFLPA, owners, players and sponsors, but it is clear by the ages of the candidates that they are looking for a man who will commit to the job for many years, much like Tagliabue did," said Alex Czajkowski, Sportsbook.com. "Everybody bets on the NFL, and a shake up in the front office is no exception," added Czajkowski.

The other three finalists are Frederick Nance, a Cleveland lawyer, Robert L. Reynolds, of Concord, Mass., the vice chairman and chief operating officer of Fidelity Investments and Mayo A. Shattuck III of Baltimore, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Constellation Energy, all are listed at 10-1 odds to become the next NFL commissioner. The successor will require votes from 22 of the 32 NFL teams.

Who will be the next NFL Commissioner?

Candidate Odds

Roger Goodell 2-5
Gregg Levy 2-1
Robert L. Reynolds 10-1
Mayo A Shattuck III 10-1
Frederick Nance 10-1

For more NFL odds please visit sportsbook.com.

About Sportsbook.com:

Sportsbook.com is the largest sportsbook and casino on the planet, where millions of adult Americans bet on sports, play poker and enjoy blackjack and other casino games online in a regulated and licensed jurisdiction. Named the "Best US Sports Book" by the industry's top magazine, eGaming Review, Sportsbook.com has been leading the online gaming industry since 1996. Dwarfing its nearest competitors in the US, Sportsbook.com has been the first to achieve every significant industry milestone, from record turnover to active users to number of bets - achieving a peak of fifteen bets per second. As the US online gaming leader, the firm and it's products have been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, ESPN, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Financial Times, USA Today and in every major newspaper in the US.

Sportsbook.com is the flagship brand for Sportingbet PLC, (LSE: SBT - News), the world's leading publicly traded online gaming company. Sportingbet PLC, headquartered in London, England, has been voted number one in the industry for two years in a row by the authoritative eGaming Review Power 50 Survey.


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