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Could the National Football League force Jerry Jones to sell the Cowboys?

Could the National Football League force Jerry Jones to sell the Cowboys?

The Dallas Morning News reports that the owner of the richest franchise in sport had been an ad hoc member of commissioner's selection committee but was just removed by Falcon's owner Arthur Blank after he heard about Jones's possible lawsuit. Objecting discreetly to Goodell's contract through proper internal channels is one thing; the decision to constantly air out the league's dirty laundry is another.

A second source close to the league told CNNMoney that Goodell's extension is "more likely than not, but still not almost a sure thing". The league and Goodell have been working on a five-year deal to kick in when his current deal expires in 2019.

TV ratings are down, sponsors are angry and losing money, fans are irate about anthem protests and boycotting games. In disbelief. This was an owner [Jones] who, earlier this year, voted in favor of authorizing the committee to do the deal with Roger.

Those six are expected to talk by phone on Monday.

ESPN reported Sunday that Goodell's last written counterproposal, sent to the committee around August 1, was seeking approximately $49.5 million in annual salary and also included the lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family.

However, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart denied that Goodell had submitted a written counterproposal, adding that there have been ongoing meetings and calls ahead of a reported conference call Monday involving the Compensation Committee.

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He also demanded use of a private jet for life and life insurance for his family, according to ESPN.

And many place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Goodell, who has chosen to rule with an iron fist in some disputes and dispassion bordering on passivity in others.

Another owner told the sports network that "Roger is defiant", and they don't believe he'll "take a pay cut" or resign as commissioner of the NFL. But he also says players have the freedom to express themselves. Jones owns about 120 Papa John's stores in Texas.

He's not the only person questioning Goodell's leadership and handling of the protests.

National Football League owners are discussing a so-called "nuclear option" when it comes to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - forcing him to sell the team.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his objection to a contract extension for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not because of star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence. Jones wants a more incentive-laden contract for the commissioner, which Goodell has staunchly opposed in reported counteroffers.


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