Hot reads: Jerry Jones won't turn down heat on Goodell extension


When it comes to extending the contract of the NFL Commissioner, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes there is no rush to get it done.

Jones denied a report from the New York Times that he's been given a cease-and-desist notice from the NFL's compensation committee.

All of the league's owners, including Jones, voted in May to allow the compensation committee to negotiate the terms of an extension with Goodell without needing further approval.

"I've had not one inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous", said Jones.

Coming into the season, Roger Goodell's impending contract extension talks were likely well down the list of issues National Football League owners would have expected to become extremely hard.

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Jones' efforts to derail the five-year extension for the commissioner, which has been in the works for months and is almost complete, has annoyed a growing number of owners, who are angry that Jones has tried to hold Goodell's compensation hostage as a way to punish the commissioner for his decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

If Commissioner Goodell feels that a simple monetary fine is not enough, the matter will then be turned over to the NFL's Executive Committee which could force Jones to sell his franchise if the committee deems it necessary.

Jones has been boisterous in his opinion of the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliot.

Meanwhile, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the compensation committee's chairman, doesn't appear to be taking Jones' advice. Owners who would normally shake hands before their teams face off on game day are now avoiding Jones.

That threat has caused ripples among the league's owners. Punishing Jones might prompt lawsuits and the prospect of an even messier and more public fight.