NFL Power 40+
His four years in office have been marked by emphasis on player discipline; now faces biggest challenge in looming labor conflict.
Tagliabue protégé and onetime commissioner candidate is lead negotiator for owners.
Management-side labor lawyer who represented NHL in 2004-05 lockout is advising Goodell, Pash.
Former D.C. prosecutor and trial lawyer won election as dark horse in 2009; not nearly as chummy with league office as predecessor,
Veteran labor-side lawyer -- he litigated
Former NFL lineman is strong voice on financial and health-care issues, though influence in negotiations remains to be seen.
High-profile face of America's most valuable sports franchise.
Only owner who's on the broadcast, labor and finance committees.
Former Colts receiver cochairs labor committee; hard-liner.
Billionaire who made his fortune in energy business; has the ear of fellow owners.
Granddaughter Rita has strong say in team issues; Tom chairs NFL finance committee
Rising star settling into role as influential dad Lamar's heir
Lightning-rod owner whose relationship with DeMaurice Smith could help in negotiating CBA.
Team's emeritus chairman, now U.S. ambassador to Ireland, remains close adviser to Goodell.
Former Hollywood producer chairs L.A. stadium committee; arbiter of NFL's return to second-largest market.
Among young owners, league office most admires him and K.C.'s Hunt.
Has pushed his franchise to forefront in nation's biggest, rowdiest market.
Southern California real estate mogul has land, stadium plan for L.A. franchise -- but no team.
Colts president is architect of league's steadiest franchise; key member of competition committee.
Pats coach and three-time Super Bowl winner is admired by all, emulated by some.
Steelers president carries the gravitas of Art, his grandfather, and Dan, his dad.
Only Indy's Polian has had a better run of team-building than Ravens' general manager.
Colts quarterback is face of the league and its most marketable player.
Vikings quarterback dominates media attention, for better and worse.
Saints quarterback helped turn New Orleans into America's New Team.
Preeminent orthopedic surgeon and pioneer in treatment of ligament damage has saved dozens of NFL careers, from
Former player chairs Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes hiring of minority coaches and front-office staffers.
Most prominent coaches' agent; client list includes
First superstar agent is as controversial as ever, but with client list of 120 (including
ESPN/ABC Sports president pays league $1.1 billion a year for Monday Night Football
NBC Universal Sports & Olympics chairman has Goodell's ear
FOX Sports chair has been behind major innovations in NFL broadcasts
President of CBS News, Sports doesn't wield influence of other network bosses
NFL Network czar and exec VP of NFL media renegotiated deals with CBS, Fox and NBC in 2009, even with lockout looming
As president of NFL Films, has had a major hand in league myth-making
Host of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown isn't giant of 10 years ago, but everyone takes his calls
Onetime Broncos beat writer now leads ESPN's large stable of tapped-in newshounds
Retired coach and NBC analyst has become revered resource for Goodell and scores of players
Onetime outsider has turned profootballtalk.com into a must-read for news and rumor
SI senior writer pens Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com, Internet's most widely read NFL column
New York Times scribe's reporting on brain injury has helped put concussion issue on front burner
Interviewer extraordinaire and SI writer cohosts Football Night in America on NBC; league's biggest names frequent his morning radio-television show