Goodell Leans On Lions Owners For Their Labor Experience

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t above seeking a little advice as the lockout approaches its 10th week with no end in sight. Goodell said Thursday he leans on the Ford family, which owns the Lions, to draw on their labor relations experience in the automobile industry.

“I speak to them frequently to take their experience and whatever they can offer to help us,” Goodell said on a conference call with Lions season-ticket holders. William Clay Ford has owned the Lions since 1964. The only surviving grandson of automotive pioneer Henry Ford worked for the family business for 57 years before retiring from its board of directors in 2005. His son, Bill Ford Jr., is the executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. and vice chairman of the Lions.


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