Report: More than half of owners want to wait on Goodell extension

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The battle continues, at least in the media.

Someone (presumably from within the group of owners who support Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his fight against the Compensation Committee) has told Scott Wapner of CNBC that more than half of all owners want to wait to extend Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract, “if for no other reason than they think the timing doing it now would be a P.R. disaster.”

This doesn’t mean that they don’t want to execute a new contract with Goodell. It means only that they don’t want to do it right now, since doing it right now would make them seem “tone deaf.”

If accurate, it means that Jones has scored at least a minor victory via his multi-front campaign against moving forward with the contract. From stirring up owners to oppose the contract to speaking against it publicly to instigating Papa John’s to disparage the league to threatening suit to leaking the supposed $50 million-per-year demand from Goodell to ESPN (which supposedly was in writing, but the writing was never produced), Jones has managed to slam the brakes on the overall process.

If, that is, the Compensation Committee bends to the unofficial will of more than half of all owners. Short of 24, their mandate and authority to do the deal within predetermined parameters remains in place.

The best and smartest outcome continues to be to amend the resolution that authorized the execution of the contract to require 24 owners or more to approve the final deal negotiated with Goodell. That should have been the approach in the first place, and it seems that the vague marching orders to the six owners who are handling the job of negotiating with the man who runs the sport have caused Jones and an undetermined number of others to wonder whether the chickens are frying some of their own eggs for the fox.

52 responses to “Report: More than half of owners want to wait on Goodell extension

  1. For the life of me I cannot understand why the owners would want give an extension to this buffoon. A blow up doll could make money for the NFL. Roger is an incompetent idiot. Yet it is the height of irony that he is getting pinched for finally actually doing the right thing-suspending Elliott- after botching pretty much everything else he’s done in his tenure.

  2. aw but..but..i thought everyone was on board & jurrah was gonna lose his franchise?…these billionaires didnt get rich being stupid…goodell came in strong but has since become nuclear toxic..he’s got to go..kudos for jones for reading the tea leaves..nfl is in trouble & needs to start cutting it’s dead weight..the buffoon commissioner being the first to walk the plank

  3. If Arthur Blank pushes this through, he is tone deaf.

    There is no reason to rush into this extension – and many excellent reasons not to.

    It’s not like Goodell has been a perfect commissioner. Far from it. Yes, he HAS helped the NFL make a lot of MONEY, in the PAST.

    His reason work leaves a lot to be desired and may result in serious erosion’s of the NFL’s finances.

  4. Man, it’s just hard to wrap my brain around paying an employee 40-50 million. I get the owners make a lot of cheese but just seems obscene. It really puncuates why we have a 1% in our country….

  5. Can anyone remember the last time that the league, the owners, or the commissioner were being applauded for doing something right?
    Even this bit of business has turned into a PR fiasco.

  6. .
    Pay Goodell 50 million and increase the price of a 16 oz draft from $10 to $15. You know, soak the hand that feeds you. It’s the NFL way.
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  7. “From stirring up owners to oppose the contract to speaking against it publicly to instigating Papa John’s to disparage the league to threatening suit to leaking the supposed $50 million-per-year demand from Goodell to ESPN “….let’s not forget about the declining ratings. Someone else needs to be commissioner.

  8. “chickens are frying some of their own eggs for the fox.” Hmmmmm……. So more than 1/2 the owners had a light bulb moment?? That may not be 24, but that is sure a good start! Please, just bring him down, Jerry Jones, should be said by most, if they can get past their hate for JJ and the Cowboys!!!

  9. Or, this is just a negotiating tactic of the owners to convince Goodell that he doesn’t have too much support and may need to accept less money.

  10. His exorbitant salary is at the expense of the fans. Pay the commish something reasonable and reduce ticket prices!

  11. Let me commend the author for a good line…

    “ whether the chickens are frying some of their own eggs for the fox.”

    Im saving and using that somewhere.

  12. Set aside for a moment all the stuff people use to hate Goodell. 3 questions remain: Why did they authorize the deal to finalize within certain limits back in May if they want to approve the deal as a group? What happened between May and now to make them think it might not be a good idea to extend him? (The anthem stuff is not a viable answer because each owner has had the power to do what JJ did and tell their employees to behave) If now is a bad time then when would a good time come around? JJ is not going to stop his tantrum and that is where the tone-deaf stuff is coming from.

  13. mrf47 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Or, this is just a negotiating tactic of the owners to convince Goodell that he doesn’t have too much support and may need to accept less money.

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    Maybe, except he still works for the owners, so the owners can just tell him what his cut is. There doesn’t need to be a negotiation since Goodell has no say and ratings are tumbling.

    He has no leverage, unless he’s got so many dirty secrets, he pulls a Jose Canseco, gets fired and writes a tell all book about his institutionalized cheating that he’s commited for over 10 years now.

  14. Why so much money? I understand that the size of the company drives the value of a CEO in large part, but sure seems like there are a lot of smart people out there that could do as good of a job as Goodell for a lot less money.

  15. I think the NFL would be Smart to replace Goodell. He is a Boob that has bungled far too many things during his tenure. The only he does well is getting yelled at during round 1 of the draft.

  16. “From stirring up owners to oppose the contract to speaking against it publicly to instigating Papa John’s to disparage the league to threatening suit to leaking the supposed $50 million-per-year demand from Goodell to ESPN (which supposedly was in writing, but the writing was never produced)…”
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    So with this new development showing Jerry’s attempt to delay Goodell’s contract may in fact have more support than originally thought you wish to err on the side of caution since you don’t know it’s validity by using words like “if accurate” but you still choose to believe and report Jerry instigated Schnatter’s rant because other owners believe it even though proof “was never produced” on that either

  17. FinFan68 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 4:53 pm
    Set aside for a moment all the stuff people use to hate Goodell. 3 questions remain: Why did they authorize the deal to finalize within certain limits back in May if they want to approve the deal as a group? What happened between May and now to make them think it might not be a good idea to extend him? (The anthem stuff is not a viable answer because each owner has had the power to do what JJ did and tell their employees to behave) If now is a bad time then when would a good time come around? JJ is not going to stop his tantrum and that is where the tone-deaf stuff is coming from.

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    All good and fair questions that can be answered by the same two words…..Internal politics.

  18. This year has been a nightmare from a PR standpoint and things don’t seem to be going away like usual, so Goodell will be resigned in March when the NFL news quiets down. By then, the Kaep issue will be over and the next issue will be the CBA negotiations, which most fans don’t follow very closely.

  19. They want this off of the papers and blogs for the course of this season. It will be done probably prior to the next NFL Draft, which conveniently will be in Arlington, TX…

  20. Goodell is credited with growing the profitability and popularity of the league when that was well on its way before he stepped in and really due to the explosion in popularity of fantasy football and other opportunities for people to have a financial stake in the outcome. Goodell is not King Midas. He has been the beneficiary of circumstance while alienating core fans for years. Amazing that these billionaire owners can’t tell the difference.

  21. Sounds like you’re coming around Mr. Florio. Jerry Jones may have a personal vendetta against the commissioner but the rest of the owners are looking to the future. If 16 of the owners want to slow down the process today I imagine like any political process there will be plenty of lobbying behind closed doors. As Winston Churchill once said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

  22. You B. Crazy says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm
    This year has been a nightmare from a PR standpoint and things don’t seem to be going away like usual, so Goodell will be resigned in March when the NFL news quiets down. By then, the Kaep issue will be over and the next issue will be the CBA negotiations, which most fans don’t follow very closely.

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    So you think Kaep might have a team by March?

  23. If I would have made the amount of mistakes and PR blunders that Mr. Goodell has made, I would have been fired along time ago. I’d be at home siting in my undies combing for jobs on Craigslist. I mean come on, Ray Rice, deflategate, relocation of stl, sd, and oak, etc, etc, etc!

  24. People are asking why the owners were ok with 6 of them negotiating the deal in May, and now they are not. The answer is kneeling. Most owners made their fortune somewhere else and bought a team. Jones bought a team a long time ago, and it is his fortune. I think he’s a lot more in touch with business side of football than most owners.

    I also don’t understand the rush to extend Roger. Nobody else is going to pay him $50M.

  25. Lost in all the Jerry this/Goodell that is the extension talks have been going on for 6 months and there is still no deal. It’s not outside the realm of possibility things aren’t exactly unanimous within the compensation committee.

  26. The best and smartest outcome continues to be to amend the resolution that authorized the execution of the contract to require 24 owners or more to approve the final deal negotiated with Goodell. That should have been the approach in the first place, and it seems that the vague marching orders to the six owners who are handling the job of negotiating with the man who runs the sport have caused Jones and an undetermined number of others to wonder whether the chickens are frying some of their own eggs for the fox.

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    The only reason you think it is the best and smartest is because one owner is throwing a tantrum. The compensation committee is the way this has been done for a long time and no owners had a problem with it until Ezekiel Elliot was suspended.

    You can’t pretend this is happening in a vacuum. In a vacuum what you say makes sense but this is purely about Jones having leverage with the commissioner.

  27. autumnwind999 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    Goodell is credited with growing the profitability and popularity of the league when that was well on its way before he stepped in and really due to the explosion in popularity of fantasy football and other opportunities for people to have a financial stake in the outcome. Goodell is not King Midas. He has been the beneficiary of circumstance while alienating core fans for years. Amazing that these billionaire owners can’t tell the difference.

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    Exactly! And furthermore, IF someone wants to lump credit onto Goodell for the growth, success and financial gains, well then the same “credit” must be applied to the downswing we’re witnessing now also!

  28. The fact that negotiations have so far taken 6 months is pretty symbolic of the shambolic constipation of the league. They should be set up more like the Football Association (the FA) in England, wherein the FA board oversees all levels of football, its rules, competitions, contract and financial rules and revenue sharing. Power is not concentrated in a single commissioner but by a board made up of senior representatives of the various soccer leagues and levels. Not without it’s problems but you do get consistency and you don’t get a small cabal of billionaire team-owners running the sport for themselves and constantly squabbling.

  29. eagleswin says:
    The only reason you think it is the best and smartest is because one owner is throwing a tantrum. The compensation committee is the way this has been done for a long time and no owners had a problem with it until Ezekiel Elliot was suspended.
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    And the only reason you have a problem with Jerry’s attempt to halt the extension is because it’s Jerry the owner of the team you possibly hate the most. In the words of Patriot fans in ’15-’16 wait til it happens to your team

  30. “The only reason you think it is the best and smartest is because one owner is throwing a tantrum.”

    I doubt it is just one owner. I cannot imagine Bob Kraft or Tom Benson would be upset to see Goodell leave.

    “The compensation committee is the way this has been done for a long time and no owners had a problem with it until Ezekiel Elliot was suspended.”

    Don’t be fooled by unanimous votes. It’s how the NFL does business. The actual votes are usually done in private, with the understanding that the losers will support the winners in public to present a united front. It was rather surprising that the recent franchise moves didn’t happen in this Politburo-type manner.

    If, say, 10 owners publicly expressed dissatisfaction with Goodell, it would be very hard for the public to see any ruling of his as impartial. Which, given his past history of random and inconsistent rulings, would only serve to further undermine any public confidence.

  31. Someone (presumably from within the group of owners who support Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his fight against the Compensation Committee) has told Scott Wapner of CNBC that more than half of all owners want to wait to extend Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract, “if for no other reason than they think the timing doing it now would be a P.R. disaster.”

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    Are we ruling out that all the leaks are coming from Jerry? Do we actually know he has support with the other owners or is Jerry continuing to pull out all the stops?

  32. Most fans can see the absurdity of this. They’re paying top of the market salary for a buffoon. He’s not respected by the fans and most of the PR disasters would not have occurred under Tagliabue. He’s just a bully and he made the owners money by getting them a larger percentage of the pie. He’s been paid for that. He’s of dubious value going forward.

  33. limakey says: November 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm
    Goodell will go down as one of the Greatest Commissioners in history. He saved the NFL with his handling of Spygate. He punished the Golden Goose while allowing the owners to still make money of the Golden Goose. The same with Deflategate, punished the Golden Boy but still put money in the pockets of owners. Bountygate, he saved the owners millions of dollars and made the game safer. Ray Rice, he got it right by getting it wrong. Josh Brown, got it right and shamed the police in to giving up the documents they request the first time. Zeke Elliott, did not put a foot wrong and nailed it. Anthem, handled perfectly. And 31 owners agree with me.

    limakey says: November 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    I truly believe that Jones was so pissed about Zeke, he called his good buddy Trump and asked him for a little bit of help. Trump takes his shots at the league, the league and teams show one week of total unity. The next week issues his stand or be benched to his team. A team where not one player has kneeled. Jones is going to lose his players and then his team.
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    Wow lima, getting a bit delusional.. You in the Goodell will..? Even blind squirrels will get a nut now and then, and Goodell managed a few over the years. But sorry brah, that was then, and the now reality is that Goodell’s led the NFL to knee deep in it. Nailed The anthem protests..?? Seriously??! LOL! Only if you mean putting nails in the NFL coffin. And looks like the 31 owners you claimed to agree with you yesterday isn’t even 16 now. Those numbers will continue to shrink. Do you realize that all businesses needs positive brand to sell things well? Goodell’s handling of the anthem has succeeded in taking a loyal multi-decade fan-base to nuclear, all the owners are afraid of doing any deal with Goodell now to avoid a PR disaster. Yah, that’s nailing it. Loose his team? Only thing Jones is loosing is his patience.

  34. There is no question that the series of PR nightmares occurring on Goodell’s watch have done irreparable harm to the institution of the NFL. This is beyond debate. The mishandling of the anthem fiasco is just the latest (and likely final) straw for the paying customers. They’ve had enough and the half-empty stands and continuing decline in viewership is testament enough to this.

    It is true that contracts with the networks, advertisers and cable companies set in place before this season’s shocking decline were set in place already and guarantee most teams and the league in general will make a profit this season despite the customers’ rejection of the product. That money was already in the bag and whacked out amongst the owners to do as they please. So there hasn’t been a sudden loss of revenue THIS year alongside that decline. The owners are still cash flush for the moment.

    The problem is that those contracts – which is where the League makes most of its money – will begin expiring next year and negotiations for future revenue will be based on ratings and demographic data being compiled NOW.

    There is no possibility the League can expect similar compensation based on those numbers and all the leverage they had is gone forever. The goodwill of their product has been permanently damaged. The overall value of the NFL has dropped so far it can no longer be used as a negotiating tool and they’ll have their asses handed to them in any future negotiations. All of the owners know this full well. Some can absorb this loss and hope for better days. Others can’t and will be forced to liquidate and/or try to sell their teams to the highest bidders at a loss. Teams will be moved, fan bases destroyed, and the League will face a decade or more of rebuilding their brand while trying to create a new base of customers.

    It’s also possible that the League may never recover and cease to exist as a business. If future contracts can’t be negotiated to at least cover salaries, stadium upkeep and other operating costs, the entire operation could become untenable. Players would be paid pennies on the dollar while each team files bankruptcy and years of litigation wind their way through the courts. If just a few teams go that route, it will turn into an avalanche and owners will cut their losses and run. That it’s within the realm of possibility is proof of how badly the operation has been managed.

    And now, in the midst of this disaster, the Commissioner is asking for a raise. Think about that. The only real chance of salvaging the NFL as a viable product is to fire Goodell and begin a badly-needed PR makeover that will take years to accomplish. The fans will never accept his continued oversight of the League he helped ruin and only when he is gone will the public give another chance to the NFL – and even then, it’s not a sure thing. Sad.

  35. You’re making an assumption that Papa Johns aired their displeasure for the NFL by request of Jones, thereby inferring no advertiser views the NFL’s position on protests in a negative way. This doesn’t add up. It’s more likely than not (to me), that some advertisers are not happy with the NFL, it’s declining viewership, declining exposure for advertisements, and very public backlash and protest of games associated with player activism during our National Anthem. Further, that most NFL fans despise Goddell, and his actions and inactions are considered one failure after another.
    Jones is fighting the good fight, and it’s too bad the other owners are hanging him out to dry for what most will consider to be actually defending the shield, and making the league better.

  36. It’s no assumption…it was instigated Jerruh, who’s a 49% shareholder in ~120 Papa John’s in Texas. You’ve seen these tactics before. The problem is, they don’t work at this level, which is why Papa John’s is now back-pedaling like you wouldn’t believe.

    Network contracts run past the CBA, so whoever is acting like they run out next year is using false data to make their point. The whole point of extending Goodell was so that they would have stability at the position when the time for negotiations comes up.

    Jones is knee-jerking his displeasure over yet another of his immature players bringing harm to the reputation of the League and getting smacked down for it. If you really think this is anything other than that, you have been (and apparently are still easily) fooled.

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