Jerry Jones Not Backing Down From Challenging Goodell's Extension

Lynette Rowe
November 15, 2017

"I've had not one inkling of communication with the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous", he said. Jones is at odds with commissioner Roger Goodell, the man behind Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, and Jones is reportedly trying to keep Goodell's contract extension from going through.

Jones denied a report in the New York Times Monday that said he had been sent a cease-and-desist order from the compensation committee, made up of six owners.

Also, if a $500,000 fine is not deemed adequate punishment, the NFL's executive committee has the power to compel "c$3 ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the league of any member club involved or implicated".

Jones' efforts to derail the five-year extension for the commissioner, which has been in the works for months and is almost complete, has annoyed a growing number of owners, who are angry that Jones has tried to hold Goodell's compensation hostage as a way to punish the commissioner for his decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Goodell's contract runs through 2018 and some owners don't see the urgency in doing anything before the league meetings later this year, or even before next March, once the group as a whole can discuss and vote on the issue. "We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions".

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"But I don't want to get into that or make anything of that", Jones said after the game.

It made for an icy situation Sunday in Atlanta when Jones and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, chairman of the committee, did not great each other, despite being just a few yards apart on the field pregame.

That threat has caused ripples among the league's owners. The NBA successfully forced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell in 2014 after he was caught making racist remarks on tape.

But that's not the likely action the owners are thinking of taking.

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