The next commissioner of the National Football League will be a fan-favorite and one who has a reputation for being hard to fire.
That was the message from the former Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts CEO David Shaw, who announced Friday that he will serve as the league’s next leader.
The New York Times first reported Shaw’s retirement from the post in a story published Friday.
The announcement was met with mixed reactions, with many people questioning the timing of the announcement.
But others praised Shaw for having a long career, saying he will be remembered for leading the league into the digital era.
“David Shaw is one of the great sports entrepreneurs,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
“I know he was instrumental in the rise of the Internet and its impact on the NFL.”
The NFL announced its plan for a new commissioner last week.
The team, which is owned by AT&T, is looking for someone with a track record of success in the media, finance, technology and public relations fields.
The NFL is looking to hire a new general manager for the first time since 2000, which coincided with the start of the internet era.
Shaw will be tasked with finding a new GM.
“He will be an ideal fit to help guide the NFL forward,” Goodell said in a statement.
“He has a history of successful, multi-faceted executive leadership, and we believe he will bring a refreshing mix of experience and a unique vision to the table.”
Former Cowboys and Colts owner Jerry Jones said in December that he had no interest in stepping down as commissioner, but Shaw has a long record of backing the league.
“I’ve never said I would leave the NFL, but I think it’s a great time for me to leave,” Jones said at the time.
“And I’d like to be part of something that’s going to be a very strong organization.
I have no problem with it.
I’m looking forward to doing what I can to help.”
Shaw is known for his outspoken opinions and willingness to publicly criticize the NFL’s leadership.
He also has been a vocal critic of commissioner Roger Goodell and the team’s decision to use social media to promote their playoff games.