Roger Goodell accepts, while Dan Snyder declines request to appear before Congress | You Pod to Win the Game

Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Frank Schwab discuss the expected news that the NFL commissioner has agreed to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Meanwhile the same can not be said of Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder who declined the request. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: First and foremost, a little bit of news come out in the last couple of days. Sounds like Roger Goodell is going to sit down for Congress, the Oversight Committee looking into the Washington Commanders. But Dan Snyder, in the least, I mean, this-- I mean, come on. This was the easiest call in history, Dan Snyder not, not planning right now, to show up for those hearings. Yeah, there's no way, Dan-- no way in hell is--

And by the way, don't give the league credit and then bang Dan Snyder. Because I can tell you right now, the league does not want Dan Snyder going and sitting down. Roger, they're like, OK, Roger, you can go handle this stuff. You're great at talking a lot and saying nothing.

FRANK SCHWAB: He's great at that. Great. [INAUDIBLE].

CHARLES ROBINSON: He's a politician, right? He's basically a politician. Oh, by the-- I didn't realize this. I didn't know that Roger was now making north of $60 million a year. He's between 60 and 70 million a year.

FRANK SCHWAB: He's almost of your territory, man.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Good Lord, man. He's catching up. I got to ask for a raise.

FRANK SCHWAB: I don't get it. I mean, that's a lot of money to take a lot of bullets for a lot of owners. I'll just say that.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Dan Snyder, not as good a politician. So you roll him up there and I'm sure it could probably be a bad situation. Plus, I will tell you, I don't think, and I would love to hear your thought on this, I don't think NFL owners-- NFL owners are sitting there going, we should never-- no one should ever comply and go sit before an Oversight Committee because we don't want to. We don't want to be called at some other point down the line. [BLEEPS] that. Just blow them off. Don't show up unless they absolutely force you.

And I mean, what he's doing isn't just about Dan Snyder. It's about everybody. This is about the whole league. OK? Nobody wants him there from the league.

FRANK SCHWAB: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, it's just it's bad business for the NFL to start talking. Honestly. And I wouldn't trust these guys. I mean, they-- nobody thinks it's them when they're talking about that. But I'm sure the owner is looking around the room going, there's probably 20 of these guys I wouldn't want really talking in front of Congress right now. That's a bad idea. It's a group that just steps in a lot of potholes. And Dan Snyder is number one on that list. They do not want him talking. Nobody-- what's he going to say that's going to make this situation better? Nothing. Nothing at all.

So I think it's as weird as it is, I won't bang on Dan Snyder for not talking to them. It's the right move. I mean, nobody wants to see-- none of the other NFL owners, the NFL itself, Dan Snyder himself, nothing good is going to come out of him talking to Congress. We know who Dan Snyder is right now. And having him in that kind of forum is not going to end up well.

CHARLES ROBINSON: I mean, we would like to see him, though.

FRANK SCHWAB: I love it. Oh my God. That would be incredible. I can't even imagine. It would just be-- I mean, just play the Benny Hill theme the whole time because it would just be unbelievable. But yeah, that's not-- the NFL has always been this way. They don't want Congress involved. I mean, I was just reading-- and I know you got a shout out at the end, the Seth Wickersham's book about the Patriots dynasty and the talk about Spygate and how Arlen Specter was looking into it. And the NFL was just freaked out.

They don't want Congress looking into their business. And I get it. I totally do. And this is something like, yeah, stonewall them as much as you can.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, I-- so that's one of the lingering questions. Will Congress do anything here? Are they going to come down on Dan Snyder? I'll kick it off and say, no. I don't think there's-- I think the oversight is the quote unquote, "punishment". I think the airing of whatever has been aired at this point is the punishment. I haven't gotten any indication that the league right now is overly bent about anything that Dan Snyder might have been doing with revenues, which again, I personally think is probably because there are some other revenue skeletons out there with NFL owners.

And I also think that's something they would rather handle internally because if anything, I think other NFL owners are just tired of dealing with Dan Snyder's [BLEEPS]. I think they're just tired of it. They're just like-- so they don't want to fuel it. They don't to stoke it. They don't to talk about it in public. Anything that's going to happen with Dan Snyder is going to happen behind closed doors. So what I think is going to happen is this is going to Peter out and Congress is going to realize that there's other things that they have to be involved in, and there's going to be--

There's plenty going on right now politically in this country aside from the January 6 hearings. You got inflation, you got the fed trying to figure out how to walk a tightrope and keep us out of a recession, there's midterm elections coming up. There's plenty for people to think about that has nothing to do with the NFL.


CHARLES ROBINSON: Do you disagree? Do you think they're going--

FRANK SCHWAB: No, I hate when government gets involved in sports matters. I do. Just because you got better things to worry about here. Who cares what Dan Snyder is doing? And a big picture scale here, who really cares what Dan Snyder is doing with the Washington Football Team? There are a few times when it makes sense for Congress to get involved with sports matters. But I think mostly, 98% of the time, it's just grandstanding.

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