The NFL is not backing down from Jerry Jones' threats

Posted November 18, 2017

The NFL has no clear successor to commissioner Roger Goodell should he decide to leave or be driven out by irritated owners during a contract renegotiation, prompting at least one owner to contact National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

Jones hired Boies and told owners on the compensation committee that he is considering a lawsuit to block Goodell's five-year extension, which would run through 2024.

The letter accuses Jones of sabotaging the negotiations in the latest round of the escalating feud between Jones and Goodell.

Also boiling at the surface is Jones' disappointment over the six-game suspension running back Ezekiel Elliott is now serving for an alleged domestic violence incident.

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Jones is seeking to at least delay completion of the contract, with Goodell's current deal in effect until 2019.

Jones is referring to the way the New England Patriots - their owner in particular - fought back against the league's four-game suspension of Tom Brady following the Deflategate scandal. One would have to presume these details revolve around an ESPN report that Goodell wanted $49.9 million per year and lifetime use of a private jet.

Jones is insisting the percolating feud about Elliott isn't part of his threat to sue the NFL.

Other NFL owners sent Jerry Jones a letter calling his actions "detrimental to the league's best interests".

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The Star-Telegram has also confirmed that an angry Jones threatened Goodell's job initially. Pro Football Talk reported Sunday that owners have discussed the idea of expelling Jones from the league.

Jones believes his efforts are already working because the Goodell decision has not yet been finalized and it will be discussed by the owners at the upcoming league meeting, rather than being just rubber stamped through the six-man compensation committee, according to a source.

With due respect, we urge Mr. Jones to drop his misguided litigation threats and media campaign to undermine the Committee's mandate. He has owned the Cowboys since 1989.

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