In a visit to Seattle that was stealth-like in the way it flew under the radar, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attended a conference on sports concussions at the Seahawks' Renton headquarters Saturday morning. Joining Goodell in the two-hour forum was Gov. Gregoire and a number of medical experts. Zachery Lystedt, a Maple Valley teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury playing football in 2006, was also in attendance. Washington's new Lystedt Law requires an athlete with signs of a concussion to receive written clearance from a licensed healthcare professional before returning to play.
Most relevant to the readers of this blog: I was able to slip in a quick question to the commissioner regarding the recent administrative restructuring of the Seahawks franchise. "I know Paul Allen's commitment to making sure he has a franchise he is proud of and this community is proud of, and he has done that with his commitment to Tod Leiweke’s leadership and now Peter McLoughlin's ... and certainly with Pete Carroll and John Schneider, and their commitment to winning. I think this organization is headed in the right direction; it's something the NFL is proud of and I hope this community is."