In a wave of new appointments Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell named New York Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara chairman of the league's Management Council Executive Committee. Mara was also appointed to the newly created Health and Safety Advisory Committee, which will be chaired by San Francisco 49ers owner John York.
The Management Council Executive Committee is an important one, as it leads collective bargaining agreement negotiations and works on all player-owner related issues. Mara succeeds Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on the committee and Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen as its chair. The Health and Safety Advisory Committee will also include Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Atlanta Falcons CEO and president Rich McKay and Green Bay Packers CEO and president Mark Murphy.
Mara, who graduated from law school at Fordham University, played a key role in ending this summer's NFL lockout and was co-owner of the only NFL team that allowed season-ticket holders to hold off on payments until after the lockout.
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