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Conference Sponsored by Southern Miss' NCS4 to feature NFL Commissioner Goodell PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 30, 2010
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will be among the many featured speakers during the inaugural National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition set for Aug. 2-4 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans.

Goodell, who has served as the NFL’s commander-in-chief since September of 2006, is scheduled to address the conference at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2. His topic will be “Balancing the Fan Experience with Security & Safety.”

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security (NCS4) is serving as hosts of the national conference and exhibition. NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani said having a professional executive such as Goodell on the speakers list lends heightened credibility of the event.

“The commissioner brings an important message to our conference attendees about the significance of balancing an enjoyable sport experience while at the same time maintaining safety and security measures,” said Marciani. “We are deeply honored to offer his insights as part of what we believe will be a memorable event.”

Goodell, 51, has made innovation and communication an integral part of his efforts to strengthen the game and all 32 NFL franchises. He created the first NFL Players Advisory Council, toughened the league’s anti-steroids policy, launched innovative television contracts and a new series of international regular-season games, and improved the NFL’s news media access policies to better serve fan interest.

Mark Moran, chairman of the NCS4 National Advisory Board, said Goodell’s commitment to fan safety goes hand-in-hand with the revolutionary work being conducted at the National Center.

“Roger Goodell’s participation in the conference is very significant and speaks volumes to the commitment by the commissioner and the NFL for their number one client, the fans. It is also a confirmation of the work the center has been doing with the tremendous engagement of all the major professional sports leagues, college associations and the Department of Homeland Security for enhancing safety in spectator sports.”

As many as 300 top professionals in the realm of sports safety and security are expected to attend the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition which will feature guest speakers, vendor exhibits and vast networking opportunities. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell L. Honoré is scheduled to close out the conference with a presentation titled, “Leadership: A Key to the Balance.” Honoré led military relief efforts for areas of the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security was created to provide an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness; improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training.

To view the event’s full agenda, including conference sponsors, visit

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