Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank avoid each other pregame

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When billionaires arrive in the same place at the same time, they generally greet one another. It’s like a club, they probably have a secret handshake.

But for some reason (Gee, I wonder what it could be, no actually it’s obvious), Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Falcons owner Arthur Blank did not chat yesterday.

“I’ve had games where I didn’t visit [with the opposing owner before a game] for whatever the reasons,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “But it’s rare.”

With the two arguing over the pending contract extension for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (and by arguing we mean threatening to sue, because that’s how they do), it’s clear the normal relations between the two were frosty.

And the Cowboys are trying to portray it as something other than Southern hospitality, as a team staffer told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that it’s customary for the home owner to seek out his guest and Blank did not.

Both were on the field during pregame warmups,

Blank’s a member of the compensation committee which will set Goodell’s future salary, and Jones has threatened to sue the league over the issue. That could trigger a number of unintended consequences.

27 responses to “Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank avoid each other pregame

  1. Mr. Jones, Don’t be surprised that when you walk across the field to shake fellow owner’s hands, that many of them will just happen to be in the rest room avoiding you. Right now, your pettiness is just toxic for them and the League.

  2. Blank is clueless, as are most of the other owners! The NFL might be salvaged if Goodell is ousted, then maybe not. I watched one game yesterday. During that 1 game, the cameras solely focused on the players standing for the Anthem. The Cowboys are nothing new, but they made sure to show the Falcons!!! I figure Goodell used this as a PR stunt, which is really sad……….

  3. As with most things NFL, I am critical of this being an authentic dispute. IMO this situation is the result of one of the three scenarios listed below:

    1) Mr. Jones is simply trying flex his clout as leverage for unreported issue.

    2) This is a ploy by the owners during Mr. Goodell’s pay negotiations to get an owner friendly result.

    3) Combination of 1 and 2.

  4. Gee, Jerry just had his lawyer say Blank lied to his business partners. Blank is a man of integrity, I am not surprised he did not greet Jones. Where I come from, you complain in quiet with the person you disagree.

    Making his dispute personal was a great mistake that likely solidifies other owners against Jones.

  5. With the hatred shown towards Goodell for years, it’s interesting how the tone changes when it’s Jerry that’s trying to get rid of him. Reminds me of how the tone towards Comey changed with Hillary supporters when trump fired him.

  6. Author Blank wants hand over $50 million annual salary and a private jet for life to Goodell? I don’t want disparage home but I could hire my 12 year old niece to negotiate a better deal.

  7. Arthur Blank is known for his quiet integrity. Jerry Jones is known for being a bragging big-mouthed cartoon caricature of a used car salesman. Who do you trust?

  8. Sportoficionado: Who says that’s what Mr. Blank is offering? That is what is being reported as what Mr. Goodell is asking for to start off negotiations. Also, how does it affect your life?

  9. palsgraf21 says:

    Arthur Blank is known for his quiet integrity. Jerry Jones is known for being a bragging big-mouthed cartoon caricature of a used car salesman. Who do you trust?
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    So because you personally like Blank better than Jones, you approve of Goodell keeping his job and getting fifty million dollars a year along with the use of a private jet and free healthcare for his family for life.

  10. Deju Vu.. Like all of us, Jones has multiple motivations and perhaps not the nicest guy on earth.. Duh.. But none of these owners got to the top of their dog pile by being chior boys, Jerry dosen’t have to be buddies with Blank or any other spineless owners, he just sees the writing on the NFL wall MUCH more clearly than them and has the stones to act on it.

  11. Michael E says:
    November 13, 2017 at 9:32 am
    palsgraf21 says:

    Arthur Blank is known for his quiet integrity. Jerry Jones is known for being a bragging big-mouthed cartoon caricature of a used car salesman. Who do you trust?
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    So because you personally like Blank better than Jones, you approve of Goodell keeping his job and getting fifty million dollars a year along with the use of a private jet and free healthcare for his family for life.

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    Go look up “Golden Parachute”, then research what percentage of gross sales the average CEO gets; I’m pretty sure it’s more than 0.4%

  12. limakey says: November 13, 2017 at 11:29 am
    Brenda, not a single player protested yesterday. It was Veterns Day in the NFL.

    Eh, the 49ers managed to keep a couple kneeling for the veterans..

  13. palsgraf21 says:
    November 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Arthur Blank is known for his quiet integrity. Jerry Jones is known for being a bragging big-mouthed cartoon caricature of a used car salesman. Who do you trust?
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    I wouldn’t trust either of them.

  14. limakey says:
    November 13, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Brenda, not a single player protested yesterday.
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    Not true.

  15. RegisHawk says:
    November 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Go look up “Golden Parachute”, then research what percentage of gross sales the average CEO gets; I’m pretty sure it’s more than 0.4%
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    Goodell isn’t an average CEO. He is a glorified gofer, or so I have been led to believe by numerous commenters here at PFT. As such, he doesn’t deserve what he is allegedly asking for.

  16. Jerry Jones is a disgrace to the owners of other NFL teams. The fans all realize what a embarrassment he really is. Even his boy on Fox said Jerry’s actions could hurt the NFL further

  17. Jones is a weak girly man. He’s supposed to be a big shot but is getting rolled by a clueless clown in a suit that’s supposed to be his employee. Al Davis would know how to handle a boy like Goodell. We’re disappointed in you Jerry.

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