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Jerry Jones Not Backing Down From Challenging Goodell's Extension

14 November 2017

"I've had not one, not one, inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous, and that's about where that is", the Cowboys owner said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Jerry Jones may be losing some friends within the National Football League community as he attempts to derail Roger Goodell's contract extension talks, but the Dallas Cowboys owner isn't the slightest bit concerned about being forced to sell his team.

"I like to hope that Tyron (Smith) is back" said Jones.

"Roger [Goodell] has nearly 18 months left [on his contract]", Jones explained.

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, some team owners have discussed the "nuclear option" with Jones - a clause in the league constitution and bylaws that could force Jones to sell the team. Jones had been a nonvoting member of the committee until he was thrown out after threatening to sue the members. "We've got all the time in the world to evaluate what we're doing, and all the time in the world to extend him". Asking for $50 million dollars at a time when his approval is less than 50 percent among self-identified hard core fans is pretty striking.

Jones' battle with the league has heightened in recent weeks with his frustration with Goodell.

Six team owners have sent Jones a cease-and-desist letter warning of potential punishments for blocking the contract extension, The New York Times reported Monday, citing sources.

The owners voted unanimously in May to give the compensation committee the authority to negotiate Goodell's new deal.

Jones is more personally invested in this than some other owners because running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games by Goodell, despite never even facing charges for his domestic violence allegations. After a roller-coaster ride of legal maneuverings, Elliott final sat out his first game Sunday.

Jerry Jones Not Backing Down From Challenging Goodell's Extension