National Football League expects Goodell contract extension to be finalized soon

National Football League expects Goodell contract extension to be finalized soon

Buried in ESPN's report on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to sue the owners if Goodell's contract is extended (first reported by the New York Times on Wednesday) is a nugget about Goodell being "furious" over the owners' insistence that his new contract should be more performance-based.

The New Yorker reported on Monday Boies executed the contract between Weinstein and an intelligence firm he hired to spy on accusers and journalists working on stories about the producer's history of alleged sexual harassment and assault. Thanks to that, it is another week of more reports stating there's a rift between Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell.

The moves reportedly stemmed from Jones' anger over Ezekiel Elliott's pending six-game suspension over domestic-violence allegations and disappointment with league leadership over matters like players' protests during the national anthem.

As to the possibility of Jones filing a lawsuit against the NFL, Lockhart said he's not aware of it happening yet, and that whether a lawsuit will be filed is a question to be put to Mr. Jones.

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Jones is furious at the NFL.

Though the sources didn't know that person's identity, the fact that Jones might be teeing up his own candidate has lost him potential support in ousting Goodell. The Cowboys owner was reportedly "furious" with the suspension, which may have been ramped up via pressure from other National Football League owners. Goodell is an employee of the league who has a salary of around $10 million.

Jones is one of the owners who helped to give Goodell nearly unlimited power in terms of his ability to punish players. He has served as commissioner since 2006.

After Jones spoke to the committee by conference call last week, the six owners revoked Jones's status as an ad hoc member of the compensation committee, which decides on pay packages for the top league officials.
Jones previously said he believed players should stand for the anthem.

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