NFL's Roger Goodell Rejected Funny or Die, Refused to Be Ridiculed Like Obama on 'Between Two Ferns' (Report)
The executive producer of Funny or Die Sports recounts an interaction his team had with the NFL.
President Barack Obama has proven he can take a joke or two, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to do so. Funny or Die Sports executive producer Alex Richanbach shared a telling anecdote of a conversation his team had with the NFL about doing a video with Goodell for the site.
SB Nation reported on Richanbach's story, which he told during SXSW panel "Now Athletes are Funny: Power of Comedy and Sports." Reporter Eric Sollenberger, paraphrasing Richanbach, said the NFL sent their talking points over to Funny or Die, who "responded by saying they'd be happy to address the talking points, but they wanted to make it clear that the comedy website would be making some jokes at the commissioner's expense, obviously."
The NFL apparently replied that "they would not allow Roger Goodell to subject himself to ridicule from a comedian of all people." Funny or Die responded by saying that Obama appeared on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis — and pointed out that he's the president of the United States.
Richanbach said that the league countered with, "Well, he's not the commissioner of the NFL."