Jerry Jones confirms his role in Goodell extension talks

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Much has been said about the role of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the negotiation of a new contract for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. During a Tuesday appearance on 105.3 the Fan in Dallas, Jones said just enough to confirm what many have said.

“First of all, it is a time that he’s expressed interest and the league has expressed interest and renewing and extending his agreement,” Jones said. “Now, you just have to get used to this in the NFL, you’re not always going to be on the same side of the fence with the Commissioner. And certainly when he’s negotiating to extend his contract, he’s negotiating and the league is in a position of negotiating with him. So it shouldn’t surprise anybody that you’re not always on the same side of the ledger.”

So, basically, there will be a natural tension, a push and a pull, between the NFL and Goodell. And as Goodell well knows, the NFL always drives a hard bargain when negotiating anything.

“I’m well known as having been a supporter of Roger Goodell,” Jones said. “On the other hand, when you get into negotiating and extending, you find yourself in a negotiation. And I think that’s what you’re getting the sense of. There’s just negotiation going on. . . . What we’re talking about is his agreement and certainly — just picture this, you could certainly be supportive of Roger Goodell but not necessarily in agreement with terms or if you will structure of his contract. That’s the point of the negotiation. So you’re seeing a negotiation that’s going on and I’m a part of the negotiation on behalf of all the owners.”

While Jones didn’t specifically say he’s pushing back against the other members of the Compensation Committee, his general comments permit that inference, because it would be natural for Jones to resist or impede or take whatever position he needs to take in order to advance the broader objective of getting he best possible deal for the league.

Given the pre-existing reality that Jones has lobbied his partners regarding his views that the Commissioner makes too much money and in light of Jones’ decision to involve himself in a process that previously was in the capable hands of six other owners, it’s no stretch to conclude that Jones didn’t become part of the committee to ensure that Goodell gets more than he otherwise would have received.

14 responses to “Jerry Jones confirms his role in Goodell extension talks

  1. There’s universal agreement that Goodell makes WAY too much money. Just signing off on this doesn’t make sense. I don’t agree with how he is doing it but Jerry is completely on point.

  2. Does Goodell make too much?

    Say what you want but all the drama his hammering the “wayward” players makes the league millions more than they lose with some court costs. Heck the court appearances make them money as well. It is drama better than most soap operas.

    So look at some numbers. In 2015 the NFL took in 13 billion, Goodell made something like 35 million. That equates to less than .003 of a % of the total haul. Put in perspective, he doesn’t make that much by comparison to other billion dollar enterprises.

    While I am not overly fond of him, I can’t say that he is making too much when compared to others in similar positions.

  3. He says “on behalf of” the other owners. That is much different than along with. That sounds like he is running the process and not just one of 32 votes.

  4. So yesterday he denied it and now he admitted it. Big surprise that team has had so many players with no character–it filters down from the owner.

    (Don’t get all hot and bothered–they have plenty of people with good character too, namely Jason Witten)

  5. Just watch. Everyone always cries about Goodell, but if it’s Jerry that gets rid of him they will be singing a different tune. Kind of like the democrats reaction to Comey getting fired.

  6. bigjdve says:
    September 19, 2017 at 11:56 am
    Does Goodell make too much?

    Say what you want but all the drama his hammering the “wayward” players makes the league millions more than they lose with some court costs. Heck the court appearances make them money as well. It is drama better than most soap operas.

    So look at some numbers. In 2015 the NFL took in 13 billion, Goodell made something like 35 million. That equates to less than .003 of a % of the total haul. Put in perspective, he doesn’t make that much by comparison to other billion dollar enterprises.

    While I am not overly fond of him, I can’t say that he is making too much when compared to others in similar positions.
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    Adam Silver $8-11 million
    Gary Bettman $9.5 million
    Rob Manfred $25 million
    Roger Goodell $30+ million

  7. bigjdve says:
    September 19, 2017 at 11:56 am
    Does Goodell make too much?

    Say what you want but all the drama his hammering the “wayward” players makes the league millions more than they lose with some court costs. Heck the court appearances make them money as well. It is drama better than most soap operas.

    So look at some numbers. In 2015 the NFL took in 13 billion, Goodell made something like 35 million. That equates to less than .003 of a % of the total haul. Put in perspective, he doesn’t make that much by comparison to other billion dollar enterprises.

    While I am not overly fond of him, I can’t say that he is making too much when compared to others in similar positions.

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    Do the other commissioners lie, defame, cheat, steal and commit consumer fraud, while being caught doing so in federal courts every year?

    Just curious.

    You can argue whatever you want, but Goodell should be in jail right now, let alone you trying to show us revenues and percentages.

    I can’t believe it’s possible, but somehow, some way, Roger Goodell is a far worse commissioner than what Bud Selig was, which is saying something.

    Selig only lied about his efforts “trying” to get drug testing implemented in 1994/1995.

    Goodell lies about EVERYTHING constantly.

    He is also a sociopath. Not good.

  8. Adam Silver $8-11 million
    Gary Bettman $9.5 million
    Rob Manfred $25 million
    Roger Goodell $30+ million
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    You’re missing some other data along with that…

    Adam Silver $8-11 million: NBA; 30 teams; 2016 Revenue $5.9 billion
    Gary Bettman $9.5 million: NHL; 16 teams; 2016 Revenue $3.4 billion
    Rob Manfred $25 million: MLB; 30 teams; 2016 Revenue $9.4 billion
    Roger Goodell $30+ million: NFL; 32 teams; 2016 Revenue $12.3 billion

    He oversees more teams and decidedly more revenue than any other commissioner in major sports.

    NFL is roughly 30% more than MLB and he makes only 20% more than Manfred.

    NFL is double the teams and more than 300% of NFL so if you only want to go by Revenue comparison, it’s still an even ratio, but Goodell still has double the teams/headaches that Bettman has to deal with.

    Silver? Don’t even start. That league *is* run by the players and look how poorly it performs. And for all your complaints about teams moving, nobody can beat the NBA for holding cities hostage. Where are all you righteous warriors on that one?

  9. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

    If no one puts a mic under Jerrah’s nose, does he still feel the need to speak?

  10. RegisHawk says:
    September 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    You’re missing some other data along with that…

    Adam Silver $8-11 million: NBA; 30 teams; 2016 Revenue $5.9 billion
    Gary Bettman $9.5 million: NHL; 16 teams; 2016 Revenue $3.4 billion
    Rob Manfred $25 million: MLB; 30 teams; 2016 Revenue $9.4 billion
    Roger Goodell $30+ million: NFL; 32 teams; 2016 Revenue $12.3 billion

    He oversees more teams and decidedly more revenue than any other commissioner in major sports.

    NFL is roughly 30% more than MLB and he makes only 20% more than Manfred.

    NFL is double the teams and more than 300% of NFL so if you only want to go by Revenue comparison, it’s still an even ratio, but Goodell still has double the teams/headaches that Bettman has to deal with.

    Silver? Don’t even start. That league *is* run by the players and look how poorly it performs. And for all your complaints about teams moving, nobody can beat the NBA for holding cities hostage. Where are all you righteous warriors on that one?
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    I would argue none of them should have their salary based on even remotely tied to revenue. Silver being the best example with Goodell a close second.

  11. It’s comparable to what an average CEO would make in Corporate America…whether their company went bankrupt or not.

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