Should the NFL Extend Roger Goodell's Contract — TIMEOUT

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A report says that National Football League team owners could execute a "nuclear option" against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Apparently, there is a belief among some NFL owners that "Jones instigated Papa John's CEO John Schnatter to disparage the NFL, blaming league leadership for ratings declines and, in turn, a reduction in Papa John's revenues", according to PFT.

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.


As the Daily News reported, Jones is angry with the commissioner over the NFL's six-game ban of his star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Goodell, whose proposed contract with the NFL now is undergoing an approval process, asked the league's compensation committee in August to raise his salary from $30 million to $49.5 million per year, ESPN reported Sunday.

In the ongoing battle over Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract, Stephen Jones is reacting to the owners' nuclear option basically the same way the owners are reacting to Jerry Jones' nuclear option.


"I think just since the period of time that we first addressed extending Roger, I think we've had several material adverse conditions happen", Jones said.

"I disagree", Jones said on a Dallas radio show. 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.

The NFL's Compensation Committee - which includes Giants co-owner John Mara - will hold a conference call today to "discuss and further push ahead the proposed extension" for Goodell, per the WorldWide Leader.


Jones said his relationship with Goodell, and issues related to his compensation, are deeper than his recent concern over the league's handling of Elliott's case. However they stayed on their side of the field and never came close to meeting like owners typically do before a game. The NFL hasn't changed a guideline that encourages but does not require players to stand during the anthem.

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