NFL: No deal was struck with Jerry Jones to avoid litigation threat

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When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that he won’t sue over the extension to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract, Jones seemed to hint at a quid pro quo.

“I told the [Compensation] Committee that I was standing down on legal action because they wanted to get input from all of the owners,” Jones told Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

During a Tuesday media briefing, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that no promise was made to submit the Goodell contract to all owners for input and/or approval in order to avoid a threat of litigation from Jones. Lockhart instead reiterated that the Compensation Committee received its authority in May 2017, via unanimous vote of the owners, to finalize a Goodell deal — and that nothing has changed.

The league’s repeated reference to this mandate has fueled a belief that the Compensation Committee will execute the contract this week, essentially preventing Jones from trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat, or elsewhere. That approach, based on Jones’ words from a week ago, could potentially revive the litigation threat.

54 responses to “NFL: No deal was struck with Jerry Jones to avoid litigation threat

  1. I don’t care much for Jones or his bad team, but I do understand his plight against Goodell. Why should he or any other owner give this man overall control of their business? Much less a guaranteed $50MM salary, with a private jet. He is nothing more than the players. An employee paid by the ownership. Goodell has just been horrible his entire tenure as commissioner.

  2. Jones is just like Trump ,they make outlandish promises that they don’t keep then lie about it to fool those who don’t pay close attention that they got their way .

  3. If the Compensation Committee rams the Goodell extension through before the owners meeting then the NFL deserves to crash and burn under the leadership of Goodell and his crony committee.

  4. Less-than-consummate liar now in the middle of getting caught out in all his lies.

    Can’t wait for him to come out of the owners-only meeting and imply that he had any affect on what they decided.

  5. With every step it just seems as though what started as Jones’ ill conceived tantrum has become calculated leverage on Goodell’s deal. I fear it gets done and we will watch Roger and the gang that can’t shoot straight continue to tear the heart out of the sport we love.

  6. Don’t compare Jerry with trump. Jerry took a failing Cowboys team and built it to be the world’s most valuable franchise, trump got a $3 check from the nfl when he and the other owners failed and the usfl collapsed. That being said, Jerry should sue the hell out of the league. Either the owners realize their own failures in not corralling Goodell sooner, or they get to answer questions in court, because the league cannot survive another 5 years of Goodell and his cronies.

  7. jacunn2000 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    I don’t care much for Jones or his bad team, but I do understand his plight against Goodell. Why should he or any other owner give this man overall control of their business? Much less a guaranteed $50MM salary, with a private jet. He is nothing more than the players. An employee paid by the ownership. Goodell has just been horrible his entire tenure as commissioner.

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    I do believe you have repeated every single lie that Jerry told. All of which has been refuted but this is right out of the Trump playbook. Never back down from lies.

    Goodell never asked for the league to provide him with a personal jet, nor is he in any danger of making $50mill/yr but they make great talking points. All of this can be found by looking up the facts.

  8. Bash Jones all you want kids, but the bigger question is why does the NFL NOT want all of the owners to look at this contract? Think about it, the NFL news this year has been about Zeke (allegations of domestic abuse) and the whole kneeling controversy. No one, I mean no one (other than Goodell himself) thinks that the NFL handled either of these things well, and it has hurt the league. So–why rush this through and only have 6 of 32 owners look it over for approval??? Why fight this at this time? Follow the money boys. Make no mistake, these are the same teams who get more prime time games, favorable gifts in the way of officiating teams and even calls. Jones is mad as an influential owner he has been shunned and screwed by Zeke being suspended in suspect circumstances–wouldnt you be? This is all very shady, no reason to rush things through, especially when the NFL badge has an ugly stain all over it that Goodell has not handled well, and let’s not forget this season has been rife with unwatchable games, more than any I can remember. But, yes, lets slam the door on the contract getting done right now, makes sense.

  9. “Jones is just like Trump ,they make outlandish promises that they don’t keep then lie about it to fool those who don’t pay close attention that they got their way .”

    And both were able to turn enterprises around pretty quickly, according to the statistics. I don’t like Trump, but Obama was the only modern president not to achieve 3% GDP growth even once, and he had two terms.

    So maybe Jerry’s onto something here.

  10. Anyone notice the CBS game between the Rams and the Saints? Why is CBS taking that game from Fox?

    Hmm.

    That’s kinda funny, yet the media hasn’t picked up on that yet, have they?

    Also, I noticed the tv map shifted on its normal Wednesday release, as to what the broadcast map looked like on Sunday.

    If anyone is questioning the real truth behind the scenes with up to 500 million in losses so far year due to a ratings drop (again), and the fact the NFL has never EVER had a ratings drop until 2016 with Goodell admitting in court that he can cheat if he wants, then you need to look no further than these facts.

    Yet, Goodell THINKS he has leverage (and apparently does), but why?

    The union has never had so much leverage before, and the owners know it. They would get a ratings boost by firing the cheat scum, even overnight, yet they won’t do it because the Cheating 6 owners, so badly love to have their ability to cheat through Goodell. There is no other explanation.

    As for Kraft, he goes along because he’s trying to “keep the peace” so to speak knowing NFL revenues are more than his own.

    My issue is, he did this by quikcly accepting the Framegate I incident, only to be stabbed in the back years later with Framegate II. You would think if he just shifted over with Jerrah, it would be enough money there to end this.

    Carry on.

  11. Jerrah Jones is the WORST owner in the history of the game, and his family will be no better. The Dallas team will remain the Cowpies until they hire a decent GM and the Jones’ family stay right out of it.

  12. …why does the NFL NOT want all of the owners to look at this contract?

    Good way to get it backwards. The owners themselves voted unanimously to appoint a 6-owner committee to negotiate on behalf of the entire group. All your lie does is lead the ignorant to believe there is some nebulous group called “NFL” which controls the owners, when, in fact, the owners are the ones who created the entity known as NFL in the first place.

    Oh, and as for “Why should he or any other owner give this man overall control of their business?”…that’s the job description, idjit.

  13. This isn’t about Jones running the Cowboys.

    This is about Roger running the NFL.

    He is horrible, time for a change.

    Fire the clown.

  14. The Billionaire owners who comprise this league only care about 1 thing…Making money. The league office serves as a way to keep their egos in check. They all think that they are the smartest and most successful in the room. Goodell will always act in the best interest of a majority of owners in order to keep his high paying job. When one of those factors change He will be gone. Fans who think that any owner acts strictly in the their favor are delusional……..

  15. richndc says:

    November 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Bash Jones all you want kids, but the bigger question is why does the NFL NOT want all of the owners to look at this contract?

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    They don’t WANT to have to read the whole thing. As long as Goodell is happy being the punching bag for the owners, he’s earning every cent they’re willing to pay him.

  16. orb1943 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Jerrah Jones is the WORST owner in the history of the game, and his family will be no better. The Dallas team will remain the Cowpies until they hire a decent GM and the Jones’ family stay right out of it.
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    Hugh Culverhouse, The Bidwell’s, Dean Spanos, and probably a litany of others would like you to hold their beer.

  17. ..I really don’t care WHO takes Goodell DOWN, as long as SOMEONE steps up who has power and does it! For the sake of the NFL the man has to be relieved of his commisioner duties. Let Tag come back until they find another commis…….

  18. as ratings continue to decline, and more and more empty seats in stadiums are shown on television, the owners want to do what the fans do not want them to do:
    rehire Goodell with a substantial payraise…all I can say is, the Christmas you get, you deserve…

  19. thudspeth says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Goodell is single handily destroying the NFL.

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    The sad part is that people are really this dumb. So Jones and other Owners of NFL teams are dealing with RG’s new contract and he is ruining the league. The NFL’s fanbase is right up their with the fanbase for dodge ball when it comes to understanding how this works. RG works for the owners that is why they pay him. If he is ruining the game look no further then the 31 owners he represents as to where the problem starts:)

  20. theparadoxx82 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm
    richndc says:

    November 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Bash Jones all you want kids, but the bigger question is why does the NFL NOT want all of the owners to look at this contract?

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    They don’t WANT to have to read the whole thing. As long as Goodell is happy being the punching bag for the owners, he’s earning every cent they’re willing to pay him.

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    Right, but we now know that they huddle around to cheat, so how can the customer have knowledge of this fact, and they still think it has no effect?

    I mean, they’re so delusional and disingenuous, they actually tried to tell us last year that the ratings dipped due to the election.

    The fact is, the NFL has NEVER in its entire history, ever had such dips in ratings since the merger in 1970.

    Sure, it’s gone flat at times, like all businesses, but never such a dip.

    It’s a combination of things, but the heart of it LYING to the customer. Over and over and over.

    They lost. Their plan failed. Miserably.

    Can’t expand into Europe or put a team in China if your product sucks at home.

    I warned of this….One other issue tied to their arrogance and delusion is that the day Ozzie Newsome didn’t budget for Flacco, and they rolled the dice with a load of Ray Ray’s deer antler spray and Kap choked that goal line in February of 2013, is the day their product started to tumble.

    Now, all teams feature overpaid QBs, cap hells, and mass rebuilds, mainly because of that.

    The whole reason they wanted the Lockout in 2011 was because Mark Sanchez was making 17 million as a rookie and Brady was making 6 million in 2009.

    There is no defense for that, but now Osweiler at 20 mil or Glennon at 20 mil is as bad as what that was, so they’re right back to where they were pre 2011.

    It’s an outright mess.

  21. packrule says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm
    thudspeth says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Goodell is single handily destroying the NFL.

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    The sad part is that people are really this dumb. So Jones and other Owners of NFL teams are dealing with RG’s new contract and he is ruining the league. The NFL’s fanbase is right up their with the fanbase for dodge ball when it comes to understanding how this works. RG works for the owners that is why they pay him. If he is ruining the game look no further then the 31 owners he represents as to where the problem starts:)

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    Correct, but he is still the conduit for the Cheating Six (owners) who have used him to do their dirty work.

  22. vad147 says:

    The Billionaire owners who comprise this league only care about 1 thing…Making money.
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    Well you don’t become a self made billionaire able to buy a football team if you don’t care about making lots of money, chief.

  23. sportoficionado says:

    November 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Don’t compare Jerry with trump. Jerry took a failing Cowboys team and built it to be the world’s most valuable franchise, trump got a $3 check from the nfl when he and the other owners failed and the usfl collapsed. That being said, Jerry should sue the hell out of the league. Either the owners realize their own failures in not corralling Goodell sooner, or they get to answer questions in court, because the league cannot survive another 5 years of Goodell and his cronies.
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    The 49ers have doubled or tripled in value since Jed York has been running the show, and the Browns have probably doubled in value since Jimmy Haslam bought the team. They’ve been able to do this largely because Roger Goodell has done a great job running the league. Most of Jerry’s success came when Jimmy Johnson ran the team. Since Jerry has had more say in operations, the Cowboys haven’t been so successful. But you can spin it anyway you want. We’re not the most sophisticated bunch.

  24. charliecharger says:
    November 28, 2017 at 2:18 pm
    sportoficionado says:

    November 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Don’t compare Jerry with trump. Jerry took a failing Cowboys team and built it to be the world’s most valuable franchise, trump got a $3 check from the nfl when he and the other owners failed and the usfl collapsed. That being said, Jerry should sue the hell out of the league. Either the owners realize their own failures in not corralling Goodell sooner, or they get to answer questions in court, because the league cannot survive another 5 years of Goodell and his cronies.
    *******************************************************************
    The 49ers have doubled or tripled in value since Jed York has been running the show, and the Browns have probably doubled in value since Jimmy Haslam bought the team. They’ve been able to do this largely because Roger Goodell has done a great job running the league. Most of Jerry’s success came when Jimmy Johnson ran the team. Since Jerry has had more say in operations, the Cowboys haven’t been so successful. But you can spin it anyway you want. We’re not the most sophisticated bunch.

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    Hilarious delusion.

    The 2011 CBA and the complete bag over the head way it owns the union’s side, is the reason for that.

    Goodell was THROWN OUT of the room in August of 2011, and Bob Kraft negootiated the deal the owners wanted.

    Also, Goodell did not invent fantasy football or the Millennial Generation who LOVES fantasy football.

    Get a clue.

    A monkey would do a better job.

  25. Most of the NFL financial success can be attributed to the large broadcasting contracts presently in place.

    The networks are taking a hosing this year.

    When it’s time for renewal, look out below.

    That will result in a much lower salary cap.

    Big cut in pay for the inmates. Lol

  26. The doom and gloom Trump supporters really crack me up.

    Nascar, the most white, gun loving, beer swilling, over the top patriotic sport of them all has had a 20% drop in viewership in the last 2 years and something like 50% over the last 10. Not a single kneeling protester in the bunch. They are so progressive they only stopped saluting the confederate flag in 2015 and it has probably been on more of their merchandise than the American flag over the years.

    Hard to blame that on Goodell. MLB is declining, NBA is declining, Hockey is declining. The point is all major sports (plus Nascar) are declining. The main culprit being fewer cable subscribers and millenials not being as interested in traditional sports as their parents.

  27. packrule says:
    November 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm
    thudspeth says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Goodell is single handily destroying the NFL.

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    The sad part is that people are really this dumb. So Jones and other Owners of NFL teams are dealing with RG’s new contract and he is ruining the league. The NFL’s fanbase is right up their with the fanbase for dodge ball when it comes to understanding how this works. RG works for the owners that is why they pay him. If he is ruining the game look no further then the 31 owners he represents as to where the problem starts:)

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    Kind of like the American people electing Obama for President to watch him single handily ruin the country with a stagnant GDP, allowing hate groups to form, and not stopping the heroine epidemic before it got out of control.

    Goodell didn’t start ruining the NFL until recently, when he wouldn’t put an end to the protests. Although his punishment conventions weren’t black and white, the case-by-case approach he took didn’t drive fans away. Not sure how you can blame the 32 owners he represents when he’s the one that should have put a stop to the protests a long time ago.

    End of Rant!

  28. Wow, Monday Night Kneeling game hits season low. Only Jerruh is sounding the alarm out loud and he is the bad guy. Wow.

  29. The Compensation Committee wants to finalize Goodell’s contract to spite Jones and preserve their authority. Instead, they should be asking: is it really smart to extend Goodell’s contract? If they asked that question, the answer is clearly no, no, no!

  30. Difference is NFL was increasing in viewership for years while the others were already declining. So what changed for the NFL to experience gains in 2015 and then massive drops in 2016 and 2017. Don’t muddy waters. You can’t compare a sport that has lost 50% viewership over 10 years to an 18% loss in just 2. There is a reason. You may not like it, and it may be a combination of several, but there are reasons for the decline.

    He has alienated 2 of the largest fan bases in the last 3 years to say he isn’t at least part of the problem is crazy.

  31. Jerry is such a blow hard.. arguing against something he has already approved to get in the spot light. Rating for all TV is down as people preference is shifting to the freedom of streaming, as the NFL creates Streaming deals overall revenue will continue to climb. I dont care for Goodell either, but all he is is the scapegoat for the fans to be pointed at all while only doing exactly what the majority of owners want at any given moment, to think he is overstepping what the owners pay him to do is foolish

  32. petersjeffrey36 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    Jerry is such a blow hard.. arguing against something he has already approved to get in the spot light. Rating for all TV is down as people preference is shifting to the freedom of streaming, as the NFL creates Streaming deals overall revenue will continue to climb. I dont care for Goodell either, but all he is is the scapegoat for the fans to be pointed at all while only doing exactly what the majority of owners want at any given moment, to think he is overstepping what the owners pay him to do is foolish

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    I don’t thin it’s the majority of the owners at all. It’s the ones with the most power and money, who happen to align their money together for cheating purposes.

    It’s the Cheating Six:

    Denver, Indy, both NY teams, Baltimore, Pittsburgh

    These are the teams that have cheated one another (Baltimore demanded Ben be suspended for his off field incident), or worked together to go forward framing the Pats. Note how all are AFC teams, save for the Giants, but that’s a NY/Boston thing and that’s Mara trying to help out Woody Johnson and his PSL investment at their new stadium, that they both play at there in NJ.

    So, it’s not the majority at all.

    Dummies like Bob McNair, someone like an Arthur Blank have a lot of pull and power, too, but they are not part of the Cheating Six.

  33. 32 owners assembled a committee of 6 to represent all 32, where’s the problem ? The 6 didn’t appont themselves they were given the duty to represent. If Goodell is not their choice they will replace him. If he is they will negotiate his contract in the best interest of the owners. You see the owners are the N.F.L. It’s not the players they are the product and they are paid well. Not the fans the fans are the people being entertained. It’s all about the money earned by the 32 and they are doing well. Jones has the ego that thinks he is better than the 32 but in terms of wealth he ranks 17th he has no power, he finally realized it and backed down. So be it. The good news you still have Rodger to kick around .

  34. greymares says:
    November 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    32 owners assembled a committee of 6 to represent all 32, where’s the problem ? The 6 didn’t appont themselves they were given the duty to represent. If Goodell is not their choice they will replace him. If he is they will negotiate his contract in the best interest of the owners. You see the owners are the N.F.L. It’s not the players they are the product and they are paid well. Not the fans the fans are the people being entertained. It’s all about the money earned by the 32 and they are doing well. Jones has the ego that thinks he is better than the 32 but in terms of wealth he ranks 17th he has no power, he finally realized it and backed down. So be it. The good news you still have Rodger to kick around .

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    A loss of 500 million recently in tv revenue and trying to gain leverage into the new CBA talks, while trying to expand the NFL brand internationally, is not “doing well” at all.

    We have seen likely truthful quotes from certain owners like “We should be MAKING MORE MONEY!” and the like. They’re greed is so amaZing, that it’s foreign to the average person. This is the part you’re not getting.

    Don’t buy the lies from 345 Park Ave.

    Just because it gets regurgitated over and over, does not make it true.

  35. 60 million people can think Godell is terrible if the 32 are still making a lot of money he’s the commissioner.

  36. freedomofspeechyesway,I guess the fact that Trump filed bankruptcy 6 times shows how great of a businessman he is . Back to my point, I wasn’t comparing the Jones and Trump on business just the fact they both make promises they can’t keep then lie about it to keep the clueless believing they actually succeeded.

  37. “essentially preventing Jones from trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat, or elsewhere.”
    I pray Jerry Jones DOES have a rabbit to pull out of his hat, “or elsewhere” 🙂 The game I love, cannot take another 18.7 % viewership hit over the past 2 years!!! Goodell is a wimp, who cannot make true leadership decisions….But, the other owners sure do like the revenue sharing, or they would go broke, with the empty stadiums I’ve seen!!

  38. richndc says:
    November 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Bash Jones all you want kids, but the bigger question is why does the NFL NOT want all of the owners to look at this contract?

    Nice conspiracy theory but false. The NFL owners have gone through the same process for all of Goodell’s extensions. This time is no different except someone spread lies to Adam S and Mort. Wonder who that was? Arthur Blank the head of the Compensation committee is also head of the Audit committee. He knows the financial health of the league. In May the owners voted and gave authority to the Compensation committee.

  39. Goodell’s contract IS NOT what Jerry Jones says it is. In fact it’s far from it.
    It’s not $50 mil/yr and the request to have access to a private jet includes Goodell paying for the use of it, which Jerry conveniently ommitted.
    Jones has an axe to grind because his boy was suspended, as he should have been.
    CASE CLOSED !!

  40. Why are NFL league office personnel continuing to fight Roger Goodell’s personal battles re: pending extension? It would be the responsibility of the owners to make that statement. Yet another public demonstration for why Jerry Jones makes some great points about dissolution of the compensation committee, and Goodell accountability to ALL owners for hiring and compensation of all of these Goodelll henchmen. How successful would anyone normally be when asking for a raise by arguing with his or her boss in the press?

  41. John Henry’s Hammer says:
    November 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    Difference is NFL was increasing in viewership for years while the others were already declining. So what changed for the NFL to experience gains in 2015 and then massive drops in 2016 and 2017. Don’t muddy waters. You can’t compare a sport that has lost 50% viewership over 10 years to an 18% loss in just 2. There is a reason. You may not like it, and it may be a combination of several, but there are reasons for the decline.

    He has alienated 2 of the largest fan bases in the last 3 years to say he isn’t at least part of the problem is crazy.

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    Exactly. I have no idea why the teenagers or Millennials posting in here cannot grasp such a simple concept.

    Goodell and the batch of cheating owners apparently of plants here on these boards, just regurgitating lies over and over.

    The owners and Goodell actually think that if they can get the deal done, we’ll all forget about 10 years of cheating, lies in court, cover-ups, ignoring actual cheating by mediocre or crappy teams. This is seriously their logic in front of the NFL customer.

    Stunning, isn’t it?

  42. Goodell has done the job he was hired to do. He will go down as one of the Greatest Commissioner in sports history. He has a responsibility that goes beyond serving Jerry Jones. He has let Jerry Jones make a fool of himself. Jones, if he has any arrows left, will be used against him.

  43. “Why should he or any other owner give this man overall control of their business?”

    Because that’s how sports leagues HAVE to do it to get around the anti-trust laws. And that’s what Jones and every other owner knew when they unanimously agreed to let these committee handle negotiations and a deal with Goodell.

    Anybody who doesn’t think this is 100% – 1,000% – in response to Elliott getting suspended is a very, very special kind of stupid.

  44. Goodell’s ‘political correctness’failure to stop the protests early on and liberally allowing teams to ‘relocate’ is destroying the league. e.g. the Charger move has been a massive failure. Goodell’s ‘just ignore it’ approach is damaging the league. Fake news joe lockhart says ‘there have been no discussions about it.’ Why not? It’s a massive problem!

  45. There is no anthem crisis and there never was. It was always up to the individual owner on this issue and it appears that an overwhelming majority of the owners not only supported their players but also Goodell’s handling of it. Goodell is not bringing ruin to the NFL because he has no option regarding punishment. Goodell has a responsibility to the fans as well and with each of his rulings, it has always been on the side of the true football fan.

  46. I think some of you are supporting Goodell because you hate Jones and you hate Trump who you have aligned with Jones and you see him getting this contract as a way to strike back. But its a mistake to lump these things together. Put aside if you feel Jones is bad for the cowboys (or just an ass) and whether you think Trump is bad for the country (and an ass) those are questions for another time. Right now the question is whats good for the future of professional football and its not to give Goodell this contract. Its not a sure bet he should go (because just having a different puppet/tool in there changes nothing) but its for sure that the NFL should not be paying that kind of money and should definitely be tying some accountability into it. So on that front Jones has a point and that point should not be overlooked just because its coming from a largely hated source.

    Something to think about, the NFL has cited cost as a reason why they cant hire full time refs. They have also cited cost as a reason not to add additional cameras to capture more angles. Both those two game improvements (IMHO I find the cameras questionable but for arguments sake combined would cost less than this raise they say they can afford to give Goodell. And we are not being had?

  47. kemp13 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Anybody who doesn’t think this is 100% – 1,000% – in response to Elliott getting suspended is a very, very special kind of stupid.

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    You miss the point. Most of us do think that. Know it even. Its just that regardless of his motives Jones is still correct that giving this contract to Goodell would be a mistake.

  48. Yet, not one person, including Jones has ever said or proved why it is a mistake to extend Goodell’s contract. The bottom line is Goodell is what is good about the NFL. And Jones is what is bad about the NFL.

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