Goodell confident bounty hunting no longer issue

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by Traci Neuman

CHICAGO (AP) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell says he's confident bounty hunting will no longer be an issue in the NFL because of the severe penalties handed out in the wake of the New Orleans Saints scandal.

Goodell says the actions taken by the league "speak very loudly."

The NFL Players Association has challenged Goodell's power to impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounties program that targeted specific players. The union has asked an arbitrator to decide if the players should be punished for the system.

Goodell would not say if he thought the case would be resolved before the end of the season, pointing out that it's in arbitration as he left Soldier Field on Thursday.

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