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Roger Goodell emphasizes respect to open annual NFL owners meeting

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL has been dealing with a bullying scandal, Washington's slur nickname and the first openly gay NFL player.

That's why the NFL's theme for 2014 is about paying respect.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this morning delivered the opening address for the annual owners meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. The meetings run here through Wednesday.

"Let me leave you with one thought to guide us through the future: respect, respect for our game and those that came before us," Goodell said to wrap up his speech. "Respect for each other, teams, opponents and game officials. Respect for our fans, our lifeblood. Respect in our workplaces for the diversity that makes us stronger. Respect for our communities and the important role we play in those communities.

"It's about the significance of being part of this, the shield. Let's embrace the opportunity to make a difference. We're expected to do that by our fans, our business partners and others. We can and we will. Let's go to work."

On the agenda are 13 potential rules changes that were proposed by the NFL's competition committee and will be voted on by the teams.

Among the proposals are penalties for using the N-word or other epithets, moving the kickoff from the 35-yard line to the 40-yard line, moving the spot for extra points to the 25-yard line and eliminating overtime in the preseason.

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