Nearly every wins when Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell are fighting


The money quote is up high, as it should be, with Jones telling Goodell after learning of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, "I'm gonna come after you with everything I have", then threatening the commissioner further with a slur and a reference to Patriots owner Bob Kraft.

That was confirmed by two others with knowledge of the league's inner workings.

In a letter sent to Jones by the NFL's compensation committee recently, Jones was accused of conduct "detrimental to the league's best interests", per Kevin Spain of USA Today. Jones could be fined or suspended if found guilty, and the Cowboys could be stripped of one or more draft picks.

Additionally, some owners reportedly believe that Jones personally appealed to Papa John's CEO John Schnatter to disparage the league for a loss of revenue due to declining ratings and poor leadership during the ongoing protests from players.

The NFL has no clear successor to commissioner Roger Goodell should he decide to leave or be driven out by irritated owners during a contract renegotiation, prompting at least one owner to contact National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

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While the so-called "nuclear option" of forcing Jones to sell the Cowboys is still extremely unlikely, the letter sent to Jones and his lawyer shows that other owners know the power that they have, and aren't going to back down should Jones continue his pursuit to single-handedly control the league.

Owners are scheduled to meet next month in Dallas.

There's still no clear successor to Goodell should owners wish to oust him from his role. Goodell's contract expires in 2018.

In the letter, Jones also refers to "severe threats of retaliation" from fellow owners that "demonstrate the dysfunction of the current process".

The league and other owners say no further ratification vote of the owners is required after they voted, 32-0, in May to authorize the compensation committee to negotiate the deal with Goodell. "This is not the time for the League to undertake massive contractual obligations which are inconsistent with the League's performance".