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Go get 'em Arthur! That's our owner! :tiphat:

 

An attorney for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says NFL owners are being misled about negotiations on a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a letter that was sent to the league's counsel and shared with team owners and executives.

A copy of the letter was obtained by ESPN.

In the past 24 hours, Jones and the league have accused each other of misleading allegations, and now Jones is on the brink of filing a lawsuit if Goodell's contract extension is completed without final review or approval from the league's 32 teams.

On Saturday night, Jones was terminated as a non-voting ad-hoc member of the league's compensation committee by committee chairman Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons. Blank cited Jones' expressed intent to sue the league and members of the committee during a committee conference call Nov. 2, as a reason for his action.

In a letter sent late Wednesday by Cowboys general counsel Jason Cohen to owners on the compensation committee and NFL counsel Brad Karp, Jones claimed he "has discovered a number of very concerning issues" while engaged as a committee member, including that "the Ownership (sp) and Jerry Jones now understand that they have been unquestionably misled" by Blank and that "critical facts" have been misrepresented regarding Goodell's contract.

The letter, which was copied to all NFL owners, alleges that Blank told owners, including Jones, on numerous occasions, that the six-man committee's recommendation would be unanimous. Two ownership sources, however, said the committee is not currently unanimous on Goodell's contract, which is in its final stages. Jones' letter alleges Blank backed off his word there would be "unanimity" on the committee before the extension would be finalized. Cohen copied all owners on the letter despite a warning sent Saturday to Jones by Karp to refrain from communicating directly with the committee or any other owners as it pertains to Goodell's contract, a league source said.

An owner source who claims to be "on the fence" regarding the dispute provided a copy of the correspondence to ESPN. It was verified by two other sources. The tone of the letter paints a specific conflict between Jones and Blank under the larger context of negotiations and league protocol.

"Commissioner Goodell's contract extension is a substantial commitment by the Owners, as more than $200 million is at stake, on top of the $200 million already paid to him," the letter states. "This is in addition to the unique and largely unfettered power exercised by the Commissioner. Ownership can't have the Chairman let us down again."

Jones says in the letter that the compensation committee's consultants called Goodell's previous contract "the most one-sided deal they have ever seen." His current contract expires at the end of 2018 and the contract extension is proposed through 2024.

Jones also alleges in the letter that he has discovered a discretionary bonus plan that was not fully explained to ownership in a working contract proposal that includes less guaranteed compensation for Goodell. A source said that Blank has assured Goodell he will be able to make at least the same $40 million he has been paid on average under the 2012 deal. Jones believes other owners would object if they knew the discretionary bonuses that appear as incentives have been presented to Goodell as such a certainty even though Blank has told owners he will review it annually. The bonus plan, per the source, does not provide clear accountability for decline in TV ratings that could impact future broadcast rights fees, a reduction in sponsorships and a further damaged league image due to "sloppy" oversight in controversial matters, among other issues.

Blank was traveling Thursday and referred reaction to the league office. Jones was unavailable for comment.

Sources said Jones repeatedly complained that Goodell retained Blank as compensation committee chairman because of the "one-sided" contract previously negotiated. Goodell was elected commissioner in 2006 and his contract was extended in 2012 by Blank's previous committee, which included Robert Kraft (New England), Tom Benson (New Orleans), Pat Bowlen (Denver), Jerry Richardson (Carolina) and Stephen Ross (Miami). In the letter, Jones said he discovered Goodell's original contract "lacks market-standard employment terms and conditions."

The current compensation committee now includes Blank, Kraft, Bob McNair (Houston), Clark Hunt (Kansas City), John Mara (New York Giants) and Art Rooney (Pittsburgh).

Jones also maintained in his response that a unanimous vote in May, which authorized the committee to complete Goodell's extension, does not negate a requirement under the league's constitution that requires all 32 teams to vote on the final contract.

The NFL's Karp replied to Cohen's letter Thursday, a league source said. Karp called Jones' response without merit, the source said, and stated it was inconsistent with a unanimous resolution that authorized the committee to finalize Goodell's extension.

Sources say Jones believes circumstances such as the player anthem controversy, further decline in TV ratings and sponsorship concerns have changed the league's dynamics and owners should be entitled to seek transparent contract details, as allowed by the May resolution. Jones has denied to other owners that he is motivated by the disciplinary action against star running back Ezekiel Elliott and has reminded them that he raised the issue of transparency on Goodell's contract at the annual owner's meetings in March, well before Elliott's six-game suspension was handed down.

Karp also maintained Blank has been fully transparent with the other owners about the status of the negotiations with Goodell, the source said. The league's counsel refuted claims Jones made about the substance of Goodell's proposed extension, saying the Cowboys owner was either uninformed or deliberately misleading other owners, the source added.

Nevertheless, Jones is refusing to back down on the matter.

"The May resolution obviously did not, and could not, change that requirement, as only an amendment to the League's Constitution could change that requirement," the letter stated. "Moreover, the minutes from the May meeting remain unratified."

Jones portrayed the league as being in a state of "upheaval" under an "avalanche of issues that have beleaguered the NFL unlike any other time in recent memory. These changing conditions must be weighed relative to the timing of the Commissioner's contract extension."

Two sources believe there are "about 15 owners" who want to review the details of any final proposal to Goodell before it is completed. A league source countered with the belief that owners will now rally to support Blank over Jones on the issue.

Jones' counsel, in his letter, wrote the primary goal of the Cowboys' owner is not to seek litigation, but full transparency from Blank on terms that have been "harbored" from owners. He wrote it is "necessary" changes to the proposal be implemented. Absent those changes, Jones' words imply he will take legal action.

"Accordingly, Jerry Jones will continue to exercise his right to protect himself and the other Owners from the Committee Chairman's undertaking of a substantial financial commitment on behalf of the NFL without the Owner's vote," Cohen wrote.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21356011/jerry-jones-attorney-says-letter-nfl-owners-being-misled-roger-goodell-contract-negotiations

 

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And how did ESPN get this letter?  I thought the White House had lots of leaks, but these owners meetings are not far behind.  

Most don’t like Cowherd, but he was spot on about Jones & the Cowboys.  He said rooting for the Cowboys is like rooting for a trust fund kid with a meth habit.  Not interested.

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2 minutes ago, classic city falcon said:

I love Arthur but I’m with Jerry Jones on this. Emperor Goodell needs to go. Discipline needs to go back to the way it was under Tagliabue and the over officiating needs to stop.

you can't have it both ways. Jones is in the WRONG here, whether we want goodell or not (I think it's a fair guess to say most fans are tired of him, yes, I am too), Jone's accusations against Blank and the committee are based purely on the fact his star running back is suspended, and he wants to punish goodell for that, after already agreeing to let the compensation committee go forward with the contract renewal. He has as much as said so, Jones is the epitome of a crybaby in this deal...

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2 minutes ago, classic city falcon said:

I love Arthur but I’m with Jerry Jones on this. Emperor Goodell needs to go. Discipline needs to go back to the way it was under Tagliabue and the over officiating needs to stop.

Jerry Jones is full of $hit.

When Brady was suspended over deflate-gate he sided with Goodell against Kraft and the Pats. Now that Zeke is suspended hes crying about Goodell abusing his power. 

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1 minute ago, classic city falcon said:

I love Arthur but I’m with Jerry Jones on this. Emperor Goodell needs to go. Discipline needs to go back to the way it was under Tagliabue and the over officiating needs to stop.

 

Jerry really didn't start b***hing about wanting Goodell gone until his star RB was facing suspension.

 

Where was Jerry's hatred for Goodell during the whole Brady saga? Jerry didn't give a crap until one of his own fell into hot water.

 

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5 minutes ago, classic city falcon said:

Jones is right to be mad about Elliot. The sad thing is that one of the only times Goodell has been reasonable was his initial handling of Ray Rice. Since then he’s completely out of control. If Roger suspended one of our guys when they hadn’t been charged I’d go through the roof. He’s a petty tyrant.

you seriously think his INITIAL handling of the ray rice thing  was right? good grief, obvious troll is obvious....GTFOH

 

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9 minutes ago, classic city falcon said:

I love Arthur but I’m with Jerry Jones on this. Emperor Goodell needs to go. Discipline needs to go back to the way it was under Tagliabue and the over officiating needs to stop.

If Jones was consistent with his criticism, I could agree.  But he was all for the Brady suspension...

Jerry Jones backs Roger Goodell in standoff with Robert Kraft, Pats

Jul 30, 2015

Kraft on Wednesday was critical of Roger Goodell's decision to uphold Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal, saying he was wrong to put his faith in the league during the appeal process.

When asked about those comments at the opening news conference of Cowboys training camp later Wednesday, Jones backed Goodell.

"He's got obviously a very tough job," Jones said. "Now I see some people doing that, that's that old violin that's not feeling too sorry for him because that's why you pay the big bucks is to deal with the big problems. But he's doing an outstanding job. I can tell you firsthand that in his spot you have to with people that you are counting on to help build and to help excel as far as the National Football League, I'm talking about the owners, you have to know that you're going to make some decisions that are very unpopular with that particular group. This is the case.

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4 minutes ago, papachaz said:

you seriously think his INITIAL handling of the ray rice thing  was right? good grief, obvious troll is obvious....GTFOH

 

I’m not a troll. It was consistent with the way a misdemeanor was handled at the time which was the way it was charged. I just feel that not everything needs to be a statement. NFL disciline should be mainly for things that affect on field play. Law enforcement should handle crimes. If owners don’t want someone on their team they should cut them.

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36 minutes ago, classic city falcon said:

I’m not a troll. It was consistent with the way a misdemeanor was handled at the time which was the way it was charged. I just feel that not everything needs to be a statement. NFL disciline should be mainly for things that affect on field play. Law enforcement should handle crimes. If owners don’t want someone on their team they should cut them.

oh you mean failing to review the tape of him dragging the girl into the elevator and jacking her up? That was the 'right way to handle' the situation??? ignore the most important piece of evidence there was....reminds me of how when I was in high school, the ball players grades weren't an open topic of discussion. Yes, I'm showing how old I am, but that's exactly what this was. Star player, conduct ignored. Until it couldn't be ignored anymore

 

no, the initial handling of the ray rice 'situation' was not right, it was FAR from it

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45 minutes ago, Falconsin2012 said:

If Jones was consistent with his criticism, I could agree.  But he was all for the Brady suspension...

Jerry Jones backs Roger Goodell in standoff with Robert Kraft, Pats

Jul 30, 2015

Kraft on Wednesday was critical of Roger Goodell's decision to uphold Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal, saying he was wrong to put his faith in the league during the appeal process.

When asked about those comments at the opening news conference of Cowboys training camp later Wednesday, Jones backed Goodell.

"He's got obviously a very tough job," Jones said. "Now I see some people doing that, that's that old violin that's not feeling too sorry for him because that's why you pay the big bucks is to deal with the big problems. But he's doing an outstanding job. I can tell you firsthand that in his spot you have to with people that you are counting on to help build and to help excel as far as the National Football League, I'm talking about the owners, you have to know that you're going to make some decisions that are very unpopular with that particular group. This is the case.

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2 hours ago, Falconsin2012 said:

Well...if Sunday’s game has the intrigue and entertainment value of Blank vs Jones it should be an entertaining weekend.

The two owners should have a whips & chains match at halftime.  Guarantee there would be no empty seats.

our team better not let Arthur Blank down on this  one.....this is HUUUUGEE GAME!!

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2 hours ago, classic city falcon said:

I love Arthur but I’m with Jerry Jones on this. Emperor Goodell needs to go. Discipline needs to go back to the way it was under Tagliabue and the over officiating needs to stop.

This contract has nothing to do with discipline or officiating. But since you mentioned it discipline rules were reviewed and approved by the PLAYERS Association. Owners. 

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