Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Arthur Blank releases statement on Roger Goodell extension talks

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Angelica Greene | 14 November, 2017, 00:41

Another report emerged that Goodell was asking for $50 million a year, a private jet, and lifetime health insurance.

The movement grew this year, particularly after President Trump said owners should fire anyone who takes a knee.

The action would be under the guise of Goodell himself concluding that Jones "has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football". Jones has also been against the proposed terms for Goodell's contract extension, feeling Goodell makes too much money already and that the proposed incentive-based deal would still pay Goodell a similar amount of money. "We've given him a lot of power".

Fox cameras noticed that the Cowboys and Falcons owners did not exchange pregame pleasantries despite standing just yards from one another at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Objecting discreetly to Goodell's contract through proper internal channels is one thing; the decision to constantly air out the league's dirty laundry is another.

It was reported last week that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired a lawyer and threatened National Football League owners on the competition committee with legal action if they passed a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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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.

Jones's issue with Goodell ostensibly began when the Commissioner suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games back in August after the former Ohio State star was accused of domestic violence by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. Constant legal proceedings kept Elliott on the field, however, last Thursday a federal court upheld the suspension, prohibiting him from taking part in six consecutive games.

Elliott was never charged with a crime and has maintained his innocence.

In a letter sent last week to owners on the committee, Jones claimed he "has discovered a number of very concerning issues" while engaged as a committee member, including that "the Ownership (sic) and Jerry Jones now understand that they have been unquestionably misled" by Blank and that "critical facts" have been misrepresented regarding Goodell's contract.

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