Owners have their own nuclear option for dealing with Jerry Jones

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When it comes to the lingering dispute regarding the Roger Goodell contract extension, much has been written and said about the potential nuclear option possessed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. But the rest of the owners (or, more accurately, those who oppose Jones) have a nuclear option of their own.

They could, in theory, attempt to trigger forfeiture of the Dallas franchise.

A league source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that multiple owners already have been discussing the possibility, which flows from Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws. Specifically, Section 8.13 authorizes the Commissioner to determine that an owner “has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.” If the Commissioner believes the available sanction (a $500,000 fine) is “not adequate or sufficient,” the Commissioner may refer the issue to the NFL’s Executive Committee, which has the power to compel “[c]ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team.

It’s obviously an extreme outcome, and it surely would trigger years of litigation. But the possibility has emerged primarily because Jones has opted to take family business outside the family. As the source explained it, the primary affront comes from the belief among 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.

It’s unknown whether the NFL or any of its owners has warned Jones of a potential attack on his ownership of the Cowboys, and at this point it’s unlikely that any such effort will be made. However, the topic has emerged among owners, due directly to Jones’ recent threats of litigation and related efforts to disrupt the business of the league.

So, basically, if Jones’ ultimately doesn’t oust Goodell, Jones may need to worry about Goodell ousting Jones.

142 responses to “Owners have their own nuclear option for dealing with Jerry Jones

  1. My dream come true — Jerry Jones no longer owning the Cowboys.

    Of course, the Chargers fans are wondering how they can get this too.

  2. But Goodell wouldn’t consider someones conduct deterimental without a lot of evidence and good cause right? He would never just make an arbitrary determination for personal reasons.

    Lol, you think Jones is suing now.

  3. According to Jones…Goodell did a fine job …Until he suspended Elliott!!He was ” just doing his job with Brady ” though…tough beans….you elected him…u deal with him……

  4. Get rid of the most profitable team, in a league with strict profit-sharing? For Goodell? This has gone from funny to just outright sad. I come to this site to get verifiable info and updates, not to read crackpot fantasies.

  5. So, basically, if Jones’ ultimately doesn’t oust Goodell, Jones may need to worry about Goodell ousting Jones.

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    How cool would that be. The only downside would be that the cowboys would become relevant if Jones was gone.

  6. We have a lot of fun with conspiracy theories. However, it is difficult to believe that anyone could instigate Schnatter to do anything. Regardless of whether Schnatter has any legitimate reason for blaming the NFL, he does what wants to all on his own.

  7. Give me a break. Although he is a horse crap owner and GM, he has made the NFL a boat load of money, he isn’t going anywhere..unfortunately.

  8. This ain’t over. We got hit with that cap B.S. a few years back. Us and Skins only ones fined and fined heavy. You gonna see the big dogs teeth. Be careful. He’s not where he is in life by luck.

  9. Happy to see that in the micro, 31 people in a room have had enough on one blowhard spewing BS and are thinking of bouncing him… I wish in the macro, this would happen as well.

  10. Is the elevator reaching the top floor with jerruh? Or is he just trying to pull out all stops and bully his way around now, and gonna get his fingers slammed in the door?

    Jerruh gone? Would be a good thing for the league. Goodell gone? Would be a good thing for the league. Both gone? Would be great for the league!

  11. sportoficionado says:
    November 12, 2017 at 10:14 pm
    Get rid of the most profitable team, in a league with strict profit-sharing? For Goodell? This has gone from funny to just outright sad. I come to this site to get verifiable info and updates, not to read crackpot fantasies.

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    Get rid of owner not team cheese whiz

  12. Non story.

    This won’t happen for the same reason most nuclear options are rarely used. Once you use a nuclear option against someone it becomes easier for someone else to use it against you. The owners aren’t going to normalize the use of such drastic measures against an owner, particularly when it would cause an even bigger distraction from the on the field product.

  13. that would be literally the most hilarious outcome possible to all this so i endorse it completely and without reservation.

  14. They threatened GeorgiaFfrontier with this when she first tried to first move the Rams in 1991 and in than again in 1993, she was taking all profit from the team and using it on herself. The teams finances were in disarray and she was blaming fans support and a bad stadium. When she got her over the top proposal from ST Louis ($$$), the league threatened to invoke this exact piece NFL bylaw on her. She got her big lawyers with the help of St Louis politicians and they got the league to cave into her demands over $70 million in relocation money.

  15. So Goodell and 31 other owners could oust a guy whose made the league millions for another guy who wants to cost the league millions even after his reign is over? Pretty sure if Goodell attempted this his next contract extension would be 31-1 vote of carry your @ss. The 1 yes of course being Mara. Its the least he could do after Roger suspended his admittedly abusive player 1 game and his rivals player 6 games with no evidence

  16. If the Jerry wants to challenge the others owners because he doesn’t get his way with lawyers and litigation he deserves to lose the team he built….the success of the NFL has been built on league think first, its that simple!

  17. sportoficionado says:
    November 12, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Get rid of the most profitable team, in a league with strict profit-sharing? For Goodell? This has gone from funny to just outright sad. I come to this site to get verifiable info and updates, not to read crackpot fantasies.
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    They wouldn’t have to get rid of the Cowboys to get rid of Jones. They could force him to sell.

    During one of the games or pregame shows today it was also said that if Jones does go through with his lawsuit, and loses, he’d be on the hook for ALL legal fees incurred by the league and/or other teams/executives (projected to be upwards of $10 million).

  18. I’d love to see the bug-eyed blowhard Jones lose his franchise. There’s only one person in the country with a bigger opinion of himself based on hot air and dumbness.

  19. There have been numerous rumors over the years about Jerry Jones and being a sexual predator to women that work for him or are forced to deal with him when those stories come out the nuclear option will happen

  20. Petty billionaires arguing amongst themselves.
    Is it a wonder ratings, fan interest is down in the NFL?

  21. I still don’t see how this ends well for Goodell. At some point the owners need to compromise and find a solution everyone can live with. I’m not sure what Jones gives up, but Goodell is what the other owners do.

  22. goodell is laughably bad..i thought tagliabue was bad but(whistle) goodell is toxic..the game isnt even recognizable from a decade ago..the explosion in popularity has zero. zero to do with goodell.

  23. “There have been numerous rumors over the
    years about Jerry Jones and being a sexual predator to women that work for him or are forced to deal with him when those stories come out the nuclear option will happen”
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    If your average Joe posting on a sports website has heard these rumors then trust me the NFL has too and if it ain’t all over the news, as it seems Jerry can’t do anything without it being news, then it’s probably just that. Rumors

  24. Good luck with that, if it was easy as you describe I am sure they would have tried to use it against Al Davis when he told them all where to stick it

  25. Why do the owners support Goodell so much? 50M…. Personal Jet.. healthcare for life. WHY? The NFL had done well in the past, but has been sliding the last 2 years.

    Why is he worth 50M/year to the NFL?

  26. So screwing the cities of San Diego and St. Louis to bolt for a bigger profit (and running the teams into the ground for years just so you can justify moving) is not considered conduct detrimental? What about engaging in addict behavior (and also running your team into the ground at the same time, wasting the careers of one HoF and one potential HoF level quarterback)? That’s not conduct detrimental? As much as we rag on Jerry Jones, and as many bad decisions as he’s made, he’s made enough good football decisions to at least ensure the Cowboys are competitive most of the time. I can’t say that for Jimmy Haslam, the Yorks, the Spanos family, or the pure embodiment of human greed that is Stan Kroenke. As much as Jones irks me at times, at least he gives a damn about his team. The fact that those guys are safe just because they don’t want to sue Goodell despite their obvious lack of caring for their teams, cities, or fans is mindboggling.

    It’s only conduct detrimental when you threaten to remove your woefully inept commissioner. I see.

  27. If that were to happen, the NFL would probably be gone in 15-20 years. Jerry has helped the NFL become what it is with all the endorsements and without him those would disappear. Then you’ve got declining ratings, player health issues, the protests, personal conduct policy…you would see the slow demise of the NFL. It’s not like he’s Donald Sterling, the former Clippers owner. The NFL would be better off getting rid of Goodell.

  28. The owners didn’t do it to Al Davis, and he actually did take the NFL to court, so I doubt this would qualify or get enough owners upset to do it.

  29. Well, if they are going to dig into Article 8 of the NFL’s Constitution and Bylaws, they can start right at the beginning with section 1:

    “The League shall select and employ a person of unquestioned integrity to serve as Commissioner of the League….”

    Clearly Goodell does not fit that requirement.

  30. This is a brush-back to get Jerry to pipe down. The worst that would happen is they would remove Jerry from all league committees and install his son Steve.

    Amazing that the only thing keeping Jerry in-line all these years was his desire to make the HoF.

  31. Goodell’s value to the owners is that he’s basically killed the NFLPA. He made them a ton of money on the last deal. Now that he’s become a nuisance to the union with player discipline, they will have to negotiate a trade for a lower percentage to get rid of Goodell as the enforcer.

    I’m not saying I like Goodell, but he’s making the owners money. If you really think you could do his job, you have never sat in an executive chair. These are multi-hundred millionaires and billionaires that he’s basically a cat herder for. I don’t think he’s worth $50 million per year, a private jet, and a full health care plan (and neither does he… that’s called negotiations), but he’s not the only problem in the NFL.

    It’s comical that now that Elliot was suspended, Jones has a problem now with Goodell’s power. When it was other ‘rivals’, it was fine. Honestly, I hope the Cowboys lose all 6 games Elliot is out so Jerry Jones gets even more mad about it. An owner fight is about the only way the union is going to get any ground after what Goodell has done to them. And that’s basically terrible for football.

  32. If Goodell can take the Cowboys away from Jones over this BS, then he could take any franchise away from any of the other 31 owners.

    This is not a precedent that any of the 32 will want to set. We’ve seen what Goodell will do with unlimited power over players — act capriciously and without respect for the legal and/or contractual rights of the accused. Why set yourself up to serve that sort of master?

  33. It’s obvious that jones and the pizza guy were in cahoots with regard to the pizza gate. Yep, jones betrayed his fellow owmers with that one, but i suspect jones was trying to undermine the players. Is that enough to take a franchise–maybe, but likely the owners will not use that as option for fear the same strategy could be used against one of them in the future.

    Weird that jerry is so consumed with how much Goodell makes when you consider 28 or 30 teams divided by 50 million. $2 million max per owner. That is not a lot of cheese. It is for Goodell, but not the owmers.

  34. Can we just keep the cool owners (70-80% of them) who stay in their lane, get a new comimissioner, and let the rest of us masses enjoy our beloved sport and teams while the handful of bad apples fight between each other elsewhere?

  35. tigerlilac says:
    November 12, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Billy Sulivan was forced to sell the Patriots.
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    But not by the NFL.

  36. Why do the owners support Goodell so much? 50M…. Personal Jet.. healthcare for life. WHY? The NFL had done well in the past, but has been sliding the last 2 years.

    Why is he worth 50M/year to the NFL?
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    You dont have a clue. Can you read a Profit and Loss Sheet? Goodell has taken the NFL through the roof in profits, something his predecessor could not do. Its all about the money to the owners, nothing else.

  37. Remember that the NBA punted a scumbag owner – and to be honest the NFL and Dallas would be better off without this JJ turd.

  38. They won’t get rid of the jerk, but he clearly has lost his power. Too bad it’s come to late for St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland fans. Maybe now the owners will find true leadership and move on from this money is everything punk.

  39. You have to wonder if Jerry Jones has hired and is taking advice from Kim Jung Un as his new special VP for Nuclear Options. I am waiting for Goodell and Jones to trade short and fat barbs back and forth any minute

  40. So the owners are going to nuke a franchise owner and fall on the sword to keep Roger Goodell? This rumor has Jeff Pash written all over it. Go ahead and see how the fans and players react when that happens. You do remember the fans and players at NFL league office right?

  41. Some of the commenters here are misinterpreting the story. The nuclear option wouldn’t be to dissolve the Cowboys, good grief, the other owners know better, it’s to force a sale of the team to another owner.

  42. dtp15 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    And this hasn’t been used on Cleveland why?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Stealing millions from customers is OK, but just encase, have you noticed how articles say Dee Haslam is the owner now.

  43. Didn’t Jerry Jones predict his own departure when he confronted Lisa Friel back in August? Something about her bread and butter being the reason they will both lose their jobs? About Zeke’s suspension?

  44. Or they could just fire Goodell, order players to stand for the anthem like they do in other sports, and hire one of the 10,000 or more executives in the world better than Roger that would do the job for less than $50MILLION/year.

  45. tremoluxman says:
    November 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I’d love to see the bug-eyed blowhard Jones lose his franchise. There’s only one person in the country with a bigger opinion of himself based on hot air and dumbness.
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    Nice to see the “haters and the losers” chiming in. Please cry more.

  46. That’s pretty shocking, that the League’s bylaws work that way. You mean the other owners have nothing to say about it, but the Commissioner has the power to say that an owner is detrimental to the League and kick him out and what, take his team? That sounds crazy. Why would any owner agree to those terms?

    And I dislike Jones as much as the next guy, but, Goodall even more. Jerry Jones can only effect the Cowboys, basically, but Goodell affects anything in the NFL.

    And the media has said that Jones has support among the owners. At least 6 owners, who agree with him about Goodell and the way he has handled things and his up coming contract extension.

    The other thing that jumps out at me, is the fact that the #1 priority for these owners, seems to be that what happens in the NFL stays in the NFL. They do not want anyone knowing what they are up to, or what they think or how they get along or anything else. Lots of legal documents to bind all the owners to a cone of silence. And in place of any kind of transparency, the NFL seems to see it’s most important job as manipulating the press about them to attempt to project the image they want people to have of them. It was clearly visible during Deflategate that was what they were all about. PR is probably their biggest priority. Basically they are selling us a bill of goods about who they are and what they are about. And most people happy to accept that I guess. They buy the whole package and never give it a thought. I have to wonder, if there were no confidentiality clauses and no nuclear options over the heads of the owners and they spoke freely, what would we see about them and would our opinions of them take a dive?

  47. Dread, apparently 31 owners are siding with Goodell. And if an honest poll were taken, I believe an overwhelming majority of players and coaches would side with Goodell, including Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

  48. That has to be one of the most far fetched things I have seen…look…for years and years Al Davis/NFL spent more time in a court room than Raymond Burr..and if there was anyone on Gods green earth that other owners and the NFL would of loved to force a franchise sale…it would of been Davis and his Raiders…and they would not and could not do it….in “theory” you can say just about anything is possible, ( ie evolution and man coming from a wiggle worm in a rain ditch ) but it has such a high possibility failure and price tag that it is not even an option…as history has already proved they are not going to try and force a sale

  49. limakey says:
    November 13, 2017 at 7:06 am
    Didn’t Jerry Jones predict his own departure when he confronted Lisa Friel back in August? Something about her bread and butter being the reason they will both lose their jobs? About Zeke’s suspension?
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    Are you referring to the fact that she is a corrupt, totally biased, Giants super-fan? She should lose her job for that.

    The fact that, due to her, confirmed domestic abuser Josh Brown received a 1-gmae suspension, while Ezekial Elliott, the victim of a jealous, vindictive gold-digger got a 6-game suspension, should be grounds for her immediate dismissal. Mara probably gave her a bonus for her good work, though. The only saving grace out of the whole deal is that the Giants are abysmal this season.

  50. Funny….I don’t remember Jerry crying this much when Goodell railroaded Brady. In fact, I seem to remember Jones praising Goodell for a job well done.

  51. Mis, Not even close with Al Davis. Why did Al sue the NFL? How many times did he win? It certainly wasn’t over a player’s suspension. It certainly wasn’t over the National Anthem. Jerry Jones has talked the talked and on these issues, he can’t walk the walk. If an NBA owner can be forced to sell his team over racial comments Jerry Jones can be forced to sell his team over domestic violence, his Papa John Ploy and the National Anthem. Despite what he thinks, even lower ranking owners have power.

  52. I thought JJ was being a spoiled little brat and getting back at Goodell over the Elliot suspension, but when I saw Roger’s demands, yea Jerrah is right. Goodell isn’t worth all that money. I can run the NFL and make billions.

  53. And they wonder why there’s a ratings decline…

    At the end of the day, I don’t think Jerry is being unreasonable in wanting Goodell’s wages to be more incentive-based. Sure the owners are greedy, but Goodell should be held accountable for not being able to handle the anthem protests, the distractions of disciplinary decisions due to a secretive process, and the inconsistencies in the way penalties and suspensions are doled out.

  54. I think Jerry’s son needs to step in and tell him to calm the F down, or else. I for one wouldn’t mind seeing new ownership down there.

  55. The Chargers are the team to be dismantled. They are mismanaged on and off the field. I support Jerry. Goodell’s political correctness and bad management is corrupting the NFL. He wants $50 million/year? It’s an outrage!

  56. Roger Goodell. Never before in the history of the universe has one person done such a poor job and yet earned so much money.

  57. The owners wouldn’t nuke Jerry for trying to get rid of Goodell. They would nuke him for lying to his fellow owners, undermining their work to coerce Goodell into changing his disciplinary decision, and then threatening to sue them if they didn’t bend to his will on his huge and ill-advised temper tantrum over the Elliot suspension.

    Forcing Jerry to sell the team would be the best thing for this franchise. He has presided over 20 years of absolutely mediocrity. Since 2000, the team has only won 51% of its games. The fans deserve much better than this. It’s time for Jerry’s self-serving nonsense to be called out for what it is and for the franchise to move on with a new owner who can put the team and its fans first.

  58. Mike, Goodell has been flawless regarding the National Anthem protest. However, Jones, who probably asked Trump to say what he did in a pathic attempt to blame Goodell for them, have not. Goodell has been outstanding and Jerry just can’t handle it.

  59. If these clowns think Jerry Jones is going to put up with this nonsense I’m sure he has some killer lawyers on speed dial.

  60. The League’s not big enough for the both of them.

    Given his failed track record of driving the NFL into the ground, I wonder if Goodell will readily find another employer.

  61. Repeal the NFL Anti Trust Exemptions and watch them squirm.
    I have become a Sumo fan.
    NO more NFL for me.

    I prefer sports that I can participate in myself rather than sit in front of a TV.
    Hunting and fishing and running are some of them.
    No baseball either.
    Watching is boring.

  62. Talk about getting it ALL wrong! LOLOL

    Glad I quit watching this Bolshevik outfit at the beginning of last year.

  63. The owner group that tolerated Al Davis for all those decades boot Jerry Jones?

    If you believe that, you’re late for your drug test.

  64. Jones is a formidable opponent. Those other owners and Goodell should think twice before choosing this option. The NFL cannot survive a civil war.

  65. I think Jerry Jones has done more to monetize the NFL than any other current owner. This will never happen no matter what the Cowboy fans want. While we’re on the subject how about the Yorks?

  66. Maybe Papa John’s is doing badly because people have tried Papa John’s. As for the NFL owners, it’s fun watching these guys turn on each other. If forced to choose between Jones and Goodell they would really choose Goodell? Any owner that supports another owner having his team taken away is destined to suffer the same fate at some point, go ahead and break the seal, it would be entertaining

  67. “So, basically, if Jones’ ultimately doesn’t oust Goodell, Jones may need to worry about Goodell ousting Jones.”

    Talk about the NFL being stuck on stupid. The only thing the NFL hasn’t blamed for their failures is climate change—maybe next week.

    Note to Jerry, sell, get out while the gettin’s good.

  68. Ousting Jerry Jones from the Dallas Cowboys really does make sense . . . in an upside-down, perverted, parallel universe created, embraced and worshipped by the progressive kind.

  69. What a joke! The NFL still has no clue and if the owners believe Jerry was the one that pushed Papa Johns to make a statement then they really are idiots. The NFL has lost many of its fans (and let’s throw in ESPN here) because they pissed their fans off by going political and not keeping the broadcasts to sports. I still have not watched an NFL game since week 1.

  70. So, in this insane scenario, the owner of the most valuable sports franchise on planet Earth would be ousted for “harming” the NFL? When Jones sues, he would rightfully point out how asinine that position is when he, on net, has created more net value for the NFL than any other team in the league.

  71. If anyone has damaged the league its Goodell…. Not standing up to the protesters has caused the league to see lower attendance and revenues across the board…

  72. The NFL under Goodell is dying. So why wouldn’t a smart owner like Jerry Jones want to save his interest in his team. The other owners can do what they want, but they are skating on very thin ice from the public’s view. The NFL will cease to exist because of a do nothing commissioner. The majority of owners had better wake the hell up or it won’t matter what they do to screw Jerry Jones. BTW, who the hell does Goodell think he is that he demand $50 million and the use of a private jet for life? Fire Goodell and lets play football.

  73. limakey says: November 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    Mike, Goodell has been flawless regarding the National Anthem protest. However, Jones, who probably asked Trump to say what he did in a pathic attempt to blame Goodell for them, have not. Goodell has been outstanding and Jerry just can’t handle it.

    Yup, your right, Goodell is flawless…
    Unfortunately it’s only about making the NFL brand toxic, nothing else.
    And try to see something outside your Trump derangement syndrome frame.. if you can.

  74. “Come after” another headline “sit down” or “war”. Its like an episode of the Sopranos. I mean there’s more action off the field vs on it these days. I find the college game so much more exciting today so much more drama week after week vs the watered down product the NFL delivers week after week. Look at the NBA downright exciting. NFL today , protests, watered down league, CTE issues, league hiding a video of one of its star players knocking out his girlfriend in an elevator, keep it

  75. Never happen, Bob Kraft is still running his criminal organization, no way they can gang up on Jerry.

    I hate the Cowgirls but Jerry is a major reason the NFL is so big, more so than the Raj

  76. Vaderzasooner says:
    November 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm
    Conduct detrimental to the NFL? Good luck making that stick…
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    If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Roger Goodell has never let the facts get in the way of what he wants to do. He’s as much “let the punishment I’ve decided on determine the accusation” as anyone I’ve ever seen. The question is whether the other owners are stupid enough to let him use a weapon that will next be used on THEM.

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