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December 29, 2012

Roger Goodell
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It appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is building a summer home in Scarborough.

NFL commissioner building a Maine home? It appears so

By Ann S. Kim
akim@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH – The most powerful man in sports may soon be summering in a multimillion-dollar home that's being built on exclusive Prouts Neck.

National Football League Commissioner Roger S. Goodell appears to be the owner of a 6,200-square-foot house and guesthouse on the peninsula's shoreline.

The property on Bohemia Way is not far from the Winslow Homer Studio and the home of actress Glenn Close and her husband, David Shaw, founder of Idexx Laboratories.

An NFL spokesman said he had no knowledge of any such plans by Goodell.

Greg Aiello, senior vice president of communications, would not ask Goodell or request an interview, writing in an email that the commissioner is not interested in discussing his personal life.

Some of the people who are involved in the building project kept equally mum, but a few clues point to ownership by Goodell, whose league reportedly generates $6 billion a year.

Most of the documents for the project list Thomas Rice LLC as the owner, but some paperwork in the thick file includes Goodell's name.

He's listed as the owner in a plumbing application and he is copied in a letter authorizing a project manager to act as an agent for a project.

For Prouts Neck projects, lawyers and contractors typically come to Town Hall, rather than the owners themselves, said David Grysk, the town's zoning administrator.

The contractors for the Bohemia Way project said nothing, he said, but information still leaks out.

Grysk thinks that the Goodell in the project is the NFL commissioner.

"As far as I know," he said.

Charlie Carswell of the Knickerbocker Group was the project manager for the three-bedroom guesthouse, which was completed in June.

He said he had multiple meetings with the owner, whom he described as a "nice guy" who has vacationed in Scarborough for years.

Carswell stopped short of naming the NFL commissioner as the client.

"I'm hesitant to say. I won't deny it," he said.

Others did not return calls or were less forthcoming.

William Lewis, the plumber who wrote Goodell's name on an application, was terse. "I'm not talking," he said. "Sorry. Bye."

In an email, John Bannon, a Portland-based lawyer representing Thomas Rice LLC, declined to comment.

Workers are now building the main house, on the site of a house that was torn down.

The cost of demolition and new construction was estimated at $4.6 million on the building application.

The main house has six bathrooms and four bedrooms -- two that are next to each another and near a playroom.

Those could be for the twin daughters of Goodell and his wife, Jane Skinner, a former reporter for WCSH-TV (Channel 6) in Portland. Other features include a gym, a theater and a wine cellar.

The foundation is in, and some of the walls are up.

The rules of the homeowners association bar construction in the summer, so workers will have to finish by mid-June. 

Staff Writer Ann S. Kim can be

contacted at 791-6383 or at:

akim@pressherald.com





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