For all the accusations of unfairness regarding the reality that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can suspend a player and then hear his appeal, and the stubbornness with which the league has allowed this to occur over and over again, this tweet from the head of the NFLPA is incredible and surprising.
Instead, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue will hear appeals in what the NFL says in a statement will "bring the matter to a prompt and fair conclusion." The appeals originally had been scheduled for Tuesday, but according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, the hearing has been moved to Oct. 30.
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Tagliabue, of course, was in Goodell's position from 1989-2006, so it wouldn't appear as though the NFL is completely interested in having an independent observer hear the appeals. But the fact that Goodell is ceding power is, from what I can remember, unprecedented.