Jerry Jones: It's Laughable, Ridiculous to Think Owners Could Force Cowboys Exit

Lynette Rowe
November 17, 2017

By way of Ken Belson of the New York Times, Jones received a letter from fellow owners advising him that his "antics" amount to "conduct detrimental to the league's best interests".

Someone (presumably from within the group of owners who support Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his fight against the Compensation Committee) has told Scott Wapner of CNBC that more than half of all owners want to wait to extend Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract, "if for no other reason than they think the timing doing it now would be a P.R. disaster".

Jones has been claiming that the league's compensation committee, chaired by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, has been misleading about the contract negotiation process for Goodell's extension.

The NFL maintains that no further vote of the owners is required for an extension to be completed between the compensation committee and Goodell after the owners voted, 32-0, in May to authorize the committee to negotiate the extension. All the other National Football League owners also received a copy of the letter, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Owners accused Jones of, among other things, circulating "outdated" information about the talks in a campaign to slow or scuttle agreement on a new pact with Goodell.

Jones is taking shots and now some other football barons are lobbing salvos of their own.

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Jones' lawyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment late Wednesday.

"I don't know where this is coming from about stripping him of his franchise", the owner said, on the condition of anonymity because of the threat of litigation by Jones.

Those wide-ranging options available for discipline include fines and suspensions for offending owners, and they do allow for the extreme measure of forcing an owner to sell a franchise. Jones contends that another vote of the owners is needed.

The letter sent on Wednesday said Jones is trying to "deliberately interfere" with the committee's work.

The committee said in the letter that it has continued to keep owners informed.

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