Cowboys owner Jones to pay NFL $2 million after disputes

Lynette Rowe
March 9, 2018

"The matter of the reimbursement of legal fees has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties", the league announced Wednesday.

An NFL spokesperson quoted on the league's website confirmed Jones had agreed to reimburse the $2m in legal fees incurred by the league in connection to the Elliott suspension appeal and row over Goodell's contract.

Last week, The New York Times reported that most owners wanted Goodell to penalize Jones for trying to derail negotiations to renew Goodell's contract, and for his legal defense of Elliott, who was suspended after the National Football League investigated domestic-assault allegations.

Jones and Goodell clashed repeatedly in 2017, with the Cowboys owner furious at a six-game suspension imposed against running back Ezekiel Elliott for a domestic violence case.

Wednesday, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones agreed to fork over almost $2 million in legal fees to the NFL, following a tumultuous year of conflict between the league and one of its biggest attractions.

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Jones appeared before Goodell at a hearing on Monday in Palm Beach, Fla., to dispute the reimbursements.

Goodell is signed through 2024, so it possible there will be future friction between he and Jones before all is said and done, This could be expedited with the current CBA expiring after the 2020 season.

Why is the league making Jones pay up?

Jones and the Cowboys were supportive of Elliott's lawsuit, which was led by the players' union and resulted in federal court hearings in three states over a span of two months. Jones threatened to sue members of the competition committee for moving forward with Goodell's contract extension without the approval of all 32 owners.

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