NFL responds to Jerry Jones’s request to hold special owners meeting

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to find himself at odds with the NFL.

The league has delivered Jones a scathing message, dismissing his request for a special owners meeting to discuss Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract negotiation, the New York Times reported.

The NFL dismissed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ request to hold a meeting regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Jones had planned the meeting with the hope to halt the negotiations regarding the extension of Goodell’s contract for another five years. The NFL had been in the process of working out the contract for the least six months.

Two weeks ago, Jones threatened to sue the NFL and six members of the compensation committee if they didn’t put the breaks on the negotiations.

The move got Jones removed from the compensation committee, on which he sat as a nonvoting member.

The Cowboys owner had been in a feud with Goodell since August, when the Commissioner suspended Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliot over accusations of domestic violence against his girlfriend in 2016.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to an NFL football game against the New York Giants. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

But Jones claimed his dissatisfaction with Goodell goes deeper, and pointed to the Commissioner’s handling of issues like the national anthem protests.

In a letter Jones sent to Goodell on Thursday, the Cowboys owner said the Commissioner’s tenure had been marked by “unprecedented upheaval,” declining ratings, “increased advertiser discontent,” and litigation related to player suspensions.

Although Jones voted with the rest of the owners to extend Goodell’s contract, he says the negotiations “have gone beyond the scope of what was discussed and authorized” when the unanimous decision was made in May. Jones cites an analysis that says Goodell should be paid $50 million a year.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The compensation committee says they rejected Jones’ request for an emergency meeting because there’s already a league meeting scheduled in Dallas on December 13. At that meeting, they say, all owners will be free to discuss Jones’ concerns.

The intra-league drama has made the NFL’s behind-the-scenes negotiations more interesting than the games themselves.


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