Given the way the NFL usually plods along, there's been
some skepticism that the league's owners will be able to decide on a successor
to outgoing commissioner Paul Tagliabue before the start of the 2006 season.
But one source close to the league's eight-man search committee, which narrowed
the field to 11 candidates on Monday, is confident that a decision will be
reached by the end of the Aug. 7--9 owners meeting in Chicago. (The strong
front-runner remains NFL chief operating officer Roger Goodell.) Whatever the
case, Tagliabue has let it be known within league circles that he and his wife,
Chan, have planned a trip to India in early fall, a not-so-subtle hint that the
owners better get the job done soon.