National Football League owners committee says Roger Goodell contract talks are 'progressing'

Tricia Pearson
November 14, 2017

The NFL's Compensation Committee has given Jerry Jones a cease-and-desist warning in response to the Dallas Cowboys owner's threat to sue the league over contract extension talks with commissioner Roger Goodell, according to The New York Times.

Goodell then proposed to include lifetime health insurance for his family and compensation of around $30 million per year.

"The reality is where Roger's contract would be is roughly the same amount of money that he is making now and with that being many specific performance clauses that would be voted on by numerous owners as each year comes up", he said.

In the letter sent to the compensation committee and National Football League counsel, it stated Jones "has discovered a number of very concerning issues", including a contention that Blank has "misled" the owners not serving on the committee and that "critical facts" have been misrepresented.

However, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart denied that Goodell had submitted a written counterproposal, adding that there have been ongoing meetings and calls ahead of a reported conference call Monday involving the Compensation Committee. In disbelief. This was an owner [Jones] who, earlier this year, voted in favor of authorizing the committee to do the deal with Roger.

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Goodell's leadership has been tested most recently by the protests.

The commissioner would have to impose the penalties, and is reluctant to do so without a groundswell of owners pushing him to take action, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. League rules say only that players "should" stand.

Another owner told the sports network that "Roger is defiant", and they don't believe he'll "take a pay cut" or resign as commissioner of the NFL. The NFL said there were three incidents over five days. Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter said the protests have hurt sales and blamed Goodell. His salary was cut continually between 2012, when he made $44.2 million, and 2015.

Jones' announcement comes in the wake of news regarding the suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was punished by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Goodell appears set to remain in his current role; forcing him out would require a two-thirds majority of owners, and Jones doesn't appear to have that kind of coalition mobilised. Between 2008 and 2015, he was paid more than $205 million.

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