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               His Royal Majesty, Roger Goodell
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to police player conduct and mete out punishment has been upheld by an arbitrator. University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank has ruled in favor of Goodell and the league in a challenge brought by the NFL Players Association on behalf of current and former New Orleans Saints players suspended by the commissioner for their role in the Saints’ ‘bountygate’ scandal.

The NFL’s website, which is of course unbiased, has a full account here.

Meanwhile back at the heart of the matter, the suspended current and former players — Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith along with Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove — have argued that Goodell and the league have failed to produce any evidence of the alleged pay-for-pain bounty system the league accuses Saints defensive coaches and players of employing for three seasons. But, Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that the league has a copy of a “ledger” that logged a running tally of earnings for players participating in the bounty program.

Read that damning story here.

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