Jerry Jones Isn't Backing Down from the NFL, Goodell


However, with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doing his best to single-handedly wreck Goodell's extension as part of Jones' ongoing feud with the commissioner, things have gotten ugly in the prolonged discussions. We've got all the time in the world to extend him.

Jones denied a report from the New York Times that he's been given a cease-and-desist notice from the NFL's compensation committee. This shift comes on the heels of a reported interaction between Jones and Papa John's CEO John Schnatter in which Jones tried to convince Schnatter to bash the National Football League for a loss of revenue that stemed from declining ratings and poor leadership.

The league's internal struggle reaching a boiling point a couple of weeks ago when Jones threatened to sue fellow owners if the league's compensation committee finalized Goodell's new deal without more input from the full ownership group.

If the Commissioner believes the available sanction (a $500,000 fine) is "not adequate or sufficient", the Commissioner may refer the issue to the NFL's Executive Committee, which has the power to compel "c$3 ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated", with a directive to sell the team.

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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. Rather, Jones has said that he is trying to make Goodell's contract talks more transparent in light of what he calls recent missteps by the league office, including how it has handled the protests by players.

The fight between Jones and the committee has raised the tension in other ways.

That threat has caused ripples among the league's owners. Punishing Jones might prompt lawsuits and the prospect of an even messier and more public fight.