A lawsuit over Goodell's contract could be very costly for Jerry Jones

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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.

"He's served about 60 percent, roughly, 65 percent of this contract", Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday.

The league's internal struggle reaching a boiling point a couple of weeks ago when Jones threatened to sue fellow owners if the league's compensation committee finalized Goodell's new deal without more input from the full ownership group.

Several fellow owners of National Football League teams have given Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a cease-and-desist warning, threatening to punish him over his efforts to block a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.


"(Goodell) has 18 months left on there", Jones said. "We've got all the time in the world to evaluate what we're doing", Jones said in the interview.

All of the league's owners, including Jones, voted in May to allow the compensation committee to negotiate the terms of an extension with Goodell without needing further approval.

Meanwhile, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the compensation committee's chairman, doesn't appear to be taking Jones' advice.

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 negotiations are progressing and we will keep ownership apprised of the negotiations as they move forward".


Cease and desist? That's never been Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' style. "We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions".

"I've had not one inkling of communication with the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous", he said.

Some owners are upset with Jones because they believe he's operating in retaliation after Goodell suspended Cowboys running back Zeke Elliot for 6 games.


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