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Roger Goodell held a press conference Friday afternoon and answered questions about deflated balls and occasionally some other things.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Goodell's press conference on the Friday preceding the Super Bowl was about what you'd expect. Lots of questions about Deflategate with some Marshawn Lynch, concussions and domestic violence questions thrown in here and there.

On player safety, Goodell said concussions were down 25% this season, which is continuing a three-year trend of decreasing diagnoses. Goodell also said that the league will appoint a chief medical officer who will oversee all player health and safety issues and concerns.

Goodell said the NFL's Competition Committee, of which the Falcons' own Rich McKay is a longtime member, will make some changes to rules about extra points and look toward making them more challenging. Rules on replay will also be reviewed, and expanding replays to cover penalties is possible.

Goodell said that the NFL is looking into a streaming Internet broadcast of a game next season. The league is also interested in playing a game in Mexico at some point, and the league will "continue to advance" their interests in London as well.

Many, many, many questions were asked about Deflategate. Goodell said the league takes it very seriously and that whether or not a competitive advantage was gained is less important than whether a rule was knowingly and deliberately broken. No decisions have been made regarding punishment, but Goodell did mention financial penalties, suspensions, and loss of draft picks as possibilities. On Richard Sherman's claim that Goodell is too close to Patriots owner Robert Kraft to be objective about this issue, Goodell pointed out that he is close to Kraft by nature of his job.

Goodell was also asked about Marshawn Lynch, and he said no decisions have been made to this point about fines or any other punitive action for Lynch's unorthodox approach to fulfilling the league's rules on speaking to the media. That will be decided after the Super Bowl.

Goodell was asked about the domestic violence issues that were so prevalent early in the season, and he said the NFL has begun to win back the trust of their fans. Goodell said that he has learned a great deal this year from spending time at shelters and call centers with domestic violence survivors and advocates and called this past year a year of humility and learning. Goodell rejected a question from Rachel Nichols about conflict of interest in the league's investigations, however, calling the integrity of the investigators impeccable.

About a potential Rams move to Los Angeles, Goodell said that the relocation of any franchise has to be voted upon and approved by ownership. Goodell also said there are several teams interested in a possible relocation to Los Angeles but that the league is not yet in a position to move in that direction.

When asked about Saints owner Tom Benson and his ability to oversee the succession plan for the Saints and Pelicans, Goodell was confident in Benson's abilities and called the lawsuit "unfortunate."

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