Jerry Jones to seek secret ballot regarding Roger Goodell’s contract

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With NFL owners due to meet on December 13 and with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones committed to challenging the contract extension that the Compensation Committee has been authorized to give to Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jones has a plan.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jones intends to seek a secret ballot of owners for a vote to be conducted in connection with the Goodell contract.

The specific purpose of the secret ballot isn’t yet known, and the precise plan possibly hasn’t been finalized. As one source explained it to PFT, many different approaches and permutations of votes are possible.

A majority of 17 owners is required to trigger the process of secret balloting. A 75-percent majority of 24 votes will be needed to rescind or to revise the resolution that owners adopted with a 32-0 vote in May.

The league’s owner used secret ballots in early 2016, in connection with the voting that resulted in the selection of the Inglewood site over the proposed Carson location for a new NFL stadium in the L.A. area.

It could be that every proposed vote regarding Goodell’s contract would occur via secret ballot, from whether to scrap the May resolution to what it would be replaced with. Eventually, the owners may conclude that the most sensible approach would be to cast whatever votes are needed to get to the point where the Compensation Committee would be required negotiate a contract, and the owners then would vote on whether to approve it.

71 responses to “Jerry Jones to seek secret ballot regarding Roger Goodell’s contract

  1. It is odd the committee was given a carte blanche in the 1st place. In the past contracts were voted on. I am torn on this one. on the one hand I think Goodell has been a disaster as a steward of the game yet on the other indulging Jones’ power play doesn’t bode well for things down the road. That said, Jones’ ego is easily the lesser of 2 evils.

  2. I doubt Jerry has enough support to get 16 other owners on board for an unspecified secret ballot. He’s going to look more foolish than he already does when the contract signing is announced just before the meeting.

    Every other Jerry Jones leak has proven to be false or hot air. This is more of the same, just Jerry being Jerry after 2 blowout losses.

  3. If Jerry stuck to being an owner and stopped doing daily press conferences like he’s the head coach…..I would probably have a much higher level of respect for him since he’s great at being the CEO of the Cowboys business. But my gosh is it out of wack listening to his daily drivel about things he should stay out of and above.

  4. 32-0. Who voted twice, since Jerry CLEARLY doesn’t agree with the concept of allowing 6 owners to decide on the contract? Inquiring minds want to know.

  5. If only Jerry was as concerned that his team is playing bad football right now, and didn’t have the depth or coaching to overcome a handful of injuries like other teams have done. Instead he’s obsessed over his guy Roger doing the things his guy Roger has been doing to other owners and teams for years, now that it’s come on his team once again. None of us who follow the league like Roger Goodell, but Jerry isn’t helping here. By acting like he’s the “senior member” of the league, (an idea fed into by the HoF enshrining him for no reason whatsoever), he’s alienating many other owners who may keep Roger to spite Jerry. Leadership isn’t being the biggest mouth in the room. He’s going to find that out in a way that keeps us stuck with Goodell AND him.

  6. the owners should take a hard line approach to Goodell’s contract as they do when negotiating CBA’s with the players—-it would seem that Goodell has limited opportunities outside of the NFL for a massive payday

  7. If you put aside the Jones hate and the questions on his motives the fact still remains that from a business perspective Jones has a really good point about the contract.

  8. jackedupboonie says:

    If Jerry stuck to being an owner and stopped doing daily press conferences like he’s the head coach…..I would probably have a much higher level of respect for him
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    He’s the general manager. General managers give press conferences, man.

  9. Billionaires hate losing billions, and that is precisely what Goodell has done. The NY Times just ran an article about how the Maras don’t worry when their fans boo the Giants, they worry when it is quiet in the stadium because that means the fans have stopped caring one way or the other. And there are a lot of quiet stadiums out there.

  10. weepingjebus says:
    November 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Billionaires hate losing billions, and that is precisely what Goodell has done. The NY Times just ran an article about how the Maras don’t worry when their fans boo the Giants, they worry when it is quiet in the stadium because that means the fans have stopped caring one way or the other. And there are a lot of quiet stadiums out there.

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    Well, maybe Mara should have thought twice telling Goodell to execute yet ANOTHER framejob that benefits his team?

    The jig is up on Park Ave and between the two NY owners’ entitlement, and their cheating.

  11. the owners should take a hard line approach to Goodell’s contract as they do when negotiating CBA’s with the players—-it would seem that Goodell has limited opportunities outside of the NFL for a massive payday

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    How about NO options outside the NFL for a $50 million/year payday.

  12. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    It is odd the committee was given a carte blanche in the 1st place. In the past contracts were voted on. I am torn on this one. on the one hand I think Goodell has been a disaster as a steward of the game yet on the other indulging Jones’ power play doesn’t bode well for things down the road. That said, Jones’ ego is easily the lesser of 2 evils.

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    It is odd that you would say that as the same committee had the exact same power last contract negotiations in 2012.

  13. Jones is a goof, but has never once done the wrong thing for the league.
    And he always makes the other teams money.
    Goodell on the other hand rarely makes the right decision.

  14. It’s an awesome NFL season. The playoff race is just starting to heat up. You have a few old guys like Brady, Brees , and Roethlisberger, looking super. You have some young guns like Goff and Wentz looking like they’re threatening to do something great. Then you have Jerry Jones. Always coming out, trying to steal the headlines with negative, divisive things that are pulling the NFL down in the dumps. The other owners need to vote this dude out of the league, and fast. Every NFL fan isn’t a redneck from Texas. Jerry is a laughing stock around the country, and his ego is getting in the way of a great product. He’s killing the league.

  15. Jerry Jones is hurting the league. He has betrayed every owner and every player. And all his calls for ballots is just embarrassing. His fall is really painful to watch.

  16. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    It is odd the committee was given a carte blanche in the 1st place. In the past contracts were voted on. I am torn on this one. on the one hand I think Goodell has been a disaster as a steward of the game yet on the other indulging Jones’ power play doesn’t bode well for things down the road. That said, Jones’ ego is easily the lesser of 2 evils.

    That is absolutely false. It has worked the same way for all of Goodell’s extensions.

  17. bostonpatriots1stfan says:
    November 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    I’m enjoying some of these owners saying that Jerrah could lose his Franchise…That’s the fight I want to see!

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    There would be lawyers. So many lawyers. These guys would build law schools just to make more lawyers.

  18. Anyone who thinks Jones has always acted in the interest of the League and not his personal interests should read the espn article about him, including the part where he acknowledged to other owners that he had acted unfairly toward other owners when he realized he needed their financial help.

  19. *********
    charliecharger says:
    It’s an awesome NFL season. The playoff race is just starting to heat up….Then you have Jerry Jones. Always coming out, trying to steal the headlines with negative, divisive things that are pulling the NFL down in the dumps.
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    I don’t suppose you’ve heard of the National Anthem controversy…

    Awesome season?? Not exactly.

  20. according to the Wash Post on the 17th….

    NFL not planning another vote from all owners on Roger Goodell’s contract extension

  21. Jones is a goof, but has never once done the wrong thing for the league.
    And he always makes the other teams money.
    Goodell on the other hand rarely makes the right decision.
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    90 percent of Goodell’s decisions are made by the Owners. How is your owner voting?

  22. Hey Jerry: So you would be fighting for Ezekiel if he was dating your daughter? You would be okay with what he did?

  23. imakey says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm
    Jerry Jones is hurting the league. He has betrayed every owner and every player. And all his calls for ballots is just embarrassing. His fall is really painful to watch.

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    How exactly? Goodell is asking basically for a lifetime appointment, to be above criticism. Jones is asking for a middle manager to be held accountable which indisputably helps every player who wants to fight Goodell in the next CBA. Please explain.

  24. Jones asked if the extension will come to a vote again, and said Blank’s reply doesn’t need to be longer than one word—yes or no.

    Blank wrote back with more than just “no.” In his letter, sent Monday to Jones and the other owners, he quoted the May resolution as saying “the membership approves the extension of the Commissioner’s employment, and authorizes the Compensation Committee to negotiate and enter into a contract.”

    Blank said Jones was ignoring the facts “to satisfy your personal agenda.”

  25. FinFan68 says:
    November 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    Blank should respond with “Fine, as long as we include a secret ballot vote on whether to punish JJ or start the process for removal”

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    Did you read about the actual letter Blank did send when Jerry asked him for a full ownership vote on Goodell’s contract? Blank CC’d every owner and said that Jerry was ignoring the facts to satisfy his own agenda.

  26. limakey says:
    November 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm
    Jerry Jones is hurting the league. He has betrayed every owner and every player. And all his calls for ballots is just embarrassing. His fall is really painful to watch.
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    Huh??

  27. I hope the secret ballot votes Jones, Goodell, Haslam and Kraft out of the league. Problem solved for everybody.

  28. veddermn8 says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    How exactly? Goodell is asking basically for a lifetime appointment, to be above criticism. Jones is asking for a middle manager to be held accountable which indisputably helps every player who wants to fight Goodell in the next CBA. Please explain.

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    Literally none of that is true. Goodell never asked for a lifetime appointment, nor is the compensation committee thinking of giving him one. This is the exact same process that he went through 5 years ago and will go through again in 5 years if Jerry has shuffled off to the retirement home.

    Goodell is accountable to the owners as a whole but Jerry wants him to be personally accountable to Jerry. Two totally different concepts. If Jerry had enough owners on his side he wouldn’t be resorting to the smear campaign he has been waging.

  29. There are 32 principal owners in the NFL. Why does everyone have to cater to this overrated owner’s requests. Honestly, he hasn’t been crap since Jimmy Johnson built a team that won him some Super Bowls. He has a big stadium – Yeah! – but that’s about it.

  30. Jerry been drinking too much of his own Kool-Aid. It’s so not sad to see a filthy rich ‘captain of industry’ so unintentionally fall on his own sword.

    Him made the mistake of not having any real valid point to make while shoving his chips all in.

    And he wasn’t even playing poker !

    If the team he leads is any example then no one expected him to know how to play the game anyway

    As it were…

  31. Literally none of that is true. Goodell never asked for a lifetime appointment, nor is the compensation committee thinking of giving him one. This is the exact same process that he went through 5 years ago and will go through again in 5 years if Jerry has shuffled off to the retirement home.

    Goodell is accountable to the owners as a whole but Jerry wants him to be personally accountable to Jerry. Two totally different concepts. If Jerry had enough owners on his side he wouldn’t be resorting to the smear campaign he has been waging
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    So true. I’m no fan of Goodell or the current direction the NFL is taking, but the idea Jerry is some bust-out Al Davis is the biggest joke since, well…you know.

  32. The NFL has never made more money, in it’s entirety before now even. That the owners would fire they’re point man NOW, just because of one owner?

    Pipe dream my friends

  33. The larger point is, Jerry Jones is fighting this hard, and spending so much money, because he has the answer to the next question if he wins.

    Who would take over league leadership?

    Him….that is really the heart of his entire fight.

    He would offer himself as the answer to the question no other owner is even asking

  34. Roger’s only chance is to hire Debbie Wasserman Schultz who rigged the Democrat Primary against Bernie and for Hillary to rig this vote for him.

    It’s his only chance because he certainly wouldn’t be hired on merit.

  35. I think they should have a secret ballot to see if they should oust Jones!!!! Oh and then when they are done FIRE GOODELL!!!!

  36. When Brady was suspended Jerrah thought Goodell was doing a great job but as soon as a player he needs in order to earn a playoff birth gets suspended he thinks Goodell shouldn’t receive a new contract. What a hypocrite.

  37. “internetcommenter7 says:
    November 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm
    It literally floors me that there are people who support goodell.”

    Maybe because, after the Presedential election people like me realize our mistake and acknowledge that we are better off with a known devil than a selfish, divisive, ego-maniacal whack-a-doodle !
    Lesser of the two evils, y’know..

  38. limakey says:
    November 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Maze, true fans of football respect and admire Goodell. He has saved football while having the ugly and previous sides of exposed.
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    No they don’t. Only relatives, and close ones at that, tolerate the guy.

    He hasn’t saved anything. If anything, he has single-handedly destroyed the integrity of the NFL, and is guilty of conduct detrimental to the game of football.

  39. Hmmm……secret ballot , that sounds familiar said every STL Rams fan. BTW…True football fans despise Goodell and Jerry Jones. They cant decide which one they despise more.

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