NFL: Claim that Goodell is “furious” over contract is “just nonsense”

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As the ever-expanding Jerry Jones assault on the NFL continues, the league is taking issue with some of the reporting regarding the ongoing effort to block Commissioner Roger Goodell’s new contract.

During a Thursday afternoon media briefing, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart disputed various claims made in the aftermath of the news that Jones had hired lawyer David Boies.

As to the ESPN report that Goodell is “furious” with the effort to convert the guaranteed nature of his pay to something based more on incentives and performance, Lockhart said the claim is “just nonsense.” Added Lockhart, “That could not be further from the truth.”

Of course, this implies that the truth is Goodell is perfectly happy and content with everything that’s happening. Which means that he should have already signed the deal by now.

Lockhart also declared that “everything I’ve read” regarding the issue of guarantees and incentives is “wrong and should not be taken seriously.” Again, if that’s true, why hasn’t the deal been done?

Clearly, there’s something going on with the contract that has kept the proposed contract from becoming an actual contract. Otherwise, Jones wouldn’t be trying to build internal support to block the contract, instigating a major sponsor to criticize Goodell, sending letters that accuse Falcons owner Arthur Blank of misleading other owners regarding the deal, and/or considering the Al Davis nuclear option of suing the league and its clubs.

Also, our guess is there’s nothing wrong with the reporting of Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, Jr. of ESPN, whose work Lockhart seemed to be targeting. For more from Wickersham regarding the issue (the interview pre-dated the league’s comments), check out the video.

25 responses to “NFL: Claim that Goodell is “furious” over contract is “just nonsense”

  1. Like I said, 2 months ago, his contract isn’t finalized and we all know why.

    Some of those owners are not happy with Goodell and they think it’s easier to hold onto him because he has so much knowledge of their group corruption.

    It’s the only explanation as to how on god’s green earth he is still employed.

  2. He’s laughing all the way to the bank…and he’s still only made ~05% of what the League has. Find any CEO who gets that low a cut.

  3. Read the WSJ article about Joe Lockhart.

    Jerry Jones has been getting a lot of push back saying this is all about Zeke. Anyone who thinks this is just about Zeke should go to work today and telll their boss they want their next five years of compensation guaranteed. For the very very very few who don’t get laughed or tossed out of the room, your boss willl probably say something like “ok, but it has to be linked to your performance”. What do you think will happen when you telll your boss “no, I don’t want it to be tied to your performance”?

    JJ has a point on this one, and it’s not just about Zeke. If you don’t like wheee the NFL is now, it probably isn’t going to get better if Goodell gets a fully guaranteed extension.

  4. Lockhart is comical, everything negative said about the league or Goodell is either completely false or ridiculous. Can’t wait for tv sponsors to start asking for money back because ratings are tanking. Goodell and his cronies are messing with rich powerful people’s bottom line. Not smart. But I guess when the brain fairy was flying around she missed Goodell, Lockhart and Freils house, so they have an excuse. Fantasy the only thing keeping milenials involved, little kids opting for soccer over football and diehard fans leaving because of anthem protests spell doom for the shield. The NFL needs new blood in management, and fast.

  5. forthegoodofthegame says:
    November 10, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Read the WSJ article about Joe Lockhart.

    Jerry Jones has been getting a lot of push back saying this is all about Zeke. Anyone who thinks this is just about Zeke should go to work today and telll their boss they want their next five years of compensation guaranteed. For the very very very few who don’t get laughed or tossed out of the room, your boss willl probably say something like “ok, but it has to be linked to your performance”. What do you think will happen when you telll your boss “no, I don’t want it to be tied to your performance”?

    JJ has a point on this one, and it’s not just about Zeke. If you don’t like wheee the NFL is now, it probably isn’t going to get better if Goodell gets a fully guaranteed extension.

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    This is all about Zeke

  6. Is Lockhart Goodell’s Press Secretary ? This is beginning to sound more like the White House instead of a sports league. The Press Secretary can’t make their Boss look bad just ask Sean Spicer and Huckabee-Sanders.

  7. carmenator69 says:
    November 10, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Lockhart is comical, everything negative said about the league or Goodell is either completely false or ridiculous.
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    He used to be Clinton’s press secretary, so he has a lot of practice with that.

  8. nhpats says:
    November 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

    forthegoodofthegame says:
    November 10, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Read the WSJ article about Joe Lockhart.

    Jerry Jones has been getting a lot of push back saying this is all about Zeke. Anyone who thinks this is just about Zeke should go to work today and telll their boss they want their next five years of compensation guaranteed. For the very very very few who don’t get laughed or tossed out of the room, your boss willl probably say something like “ok, but it has to be linked to your performance”. What do you think will happen when you telll your boss “no, I don’t want it to be tied to your performance”?

    JJ has a point on this one, and it’s not just about Zeke. If you don’t like wheee the NFL is now, it probably isn’t going to get better if Goodell gets a fully guaranteed extension.

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    This is all about Zeke

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    Correction: Its all about Jerry not getting his own way.

  9. Anyone who is against performance clauses;incentives. in their contract is unsure of their abilities. I am in favor of small guarantees and large performance clauses in all contracts.

  10. The Jerry is about to get his ass handed to him by the other owners, his people are putting out false news, and he doesn’t run the NFL like he thinks he does. He hasn’t done squat in the payoffs since Switzer won a SB with a team that Jimmy Johnson built but he’s in the Hall of Fame!?!? He’s desperate to win now and making poor decisions that are going burn him in the long run. He’s more about what’s good for him instead of what’s best for the league and deserves to get slapped down….its coming and I love it!!!

  11. Like him or not, Goodell has been good for the league. There maybe good reason for him to go or to stay,but either way he has made the owners a ton of money, and pushed player safety. Jerry Jones needs to shut up and sit down.

  12. Ya know,

    With all the crap going on the league these days- Spygate, deflategate, Elliotgate, the contentious labor agreement and the rancorous relationship between players and ownership- You would think that would be enough evidence of how well Goodell the commissioner is doing (or isn’t)in his job.

    Goodell seems more interested in wielding power and winning his arguments at all costs than looking after what is best for the league. (so long as it at least appears to be favorably).

    Players suing the league, owners suing the league, owners suing the commish, none of this was commonplace prior to Roger’s arrival. Now it is the new norm.

    Good leadership isn’t about winning constant battles and whacking people in line. It is about working with everyone to reach mutual goals and achieve them.

  13. .
    ” As to the ESPN report that Goodell is “furious” with the effort to convert the guaranteed nature of his pay to something based more on incentives and performance, Lockhart said the claim is “just nonsense.” Added Lockhart, “That could not be further from the truth.”

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    I, for one, am delighted that the NFL moves with great expediency to correct erroneous media reports. Btw….. 11/12 game balls used by the Patriots were more than two pounds underweight.
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