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    Report: Roger Goodell to Fine Jerry Jones 'Millions' over Public Criticism
    Joseph Zucker
    February 26, 2018

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to fine Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "millions of dollars" in part after Jones attempted to thwart Goodell's contract extension negotiations, the New York Times' Ken Belson reported Monday.

    According to Belson, Goodell also took issue with Jones publicly advocating for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to avoid a suspension after the league had investigated domestic violence claims against him.

    Link to the NY Times story which I couldn't c/p for whatever rea: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/s...jones-nfl.html
    2016 DCC LOTY Fantasy Football Champion

  • #2
    Goodell putting it deep in Jones' ass now.

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    • #3
      Roger Goodell Expected to Fine Jerry Jones Millions of Dollars
      By KEN BELSONFEB. 26, 2018

      With the support of many N.F.L. owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to escalate his public feud with Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and long one of the most influential people in the league, by fining him millions of dollars for his efforts to derail negotiations to renew Goodell’s contract and for his outspoken defense of a star player who was suspended, according to five league officials with direct knowledge of the situation.

      The punishment will be issued in the coming weeks by Goodell, who will declare that Jones’s actions were detrimental to the league, which rarely shows such acute signs of acrimony among owners and the commissioner’s office. Goodell has been reluctant to be seen as exacting retribution for the way Jones tried to sabotage his contract talks, but he was urged to bring the penalties by several owners who believed that Jones had crossed an unspoken boundary by threatening his colleagues.

      In November, Jones hired the high-profile lawyer David Boies and said he was prepared to sue the six owners on the league’s compensation committee, which had been working for months on extending Goodell’s contract. Jones also lobbied loudly for running back Ezekiel Elliott not to be penalized, and reportedly tried to influence league officials deciding his case. Elliott had been suspended by the league for six games before the season after the N.F.L. investigated domestic-assault allegations.

      Jones will be ordered to pay the legal fees that the committee incurred defending itself, as well as the legal expenses the N.F.L. spent defending its decision to suspend Elliott.

      A spokesman for the Cowboys said the team was unaware of the impending penalties and did not immediately have a comment. A spokesman for the N.F.L. said the league had no comment.

      The genesis of the issue dates back about a year. In the months before Elliott, the Cowboys’ star running back, was suspended in August, Jones said publicly that his player did not deserve to be penalized after a former girlfriend accused him of domestic violence in an incident that predated his entry into the N.F.L. Jones also tried to influence one of the league’s top investigators, according to ESPN.

      Elliott was not arrested or charged by prosecutors, but the N.F.L. used statements by a former girlfriend of Elliott’s, along with photos of injuries he was accused of inflicting upon her, to justify the suspension.

      After Elliott was suspended, Jones continued to support him. Elliott took his case to federal court, where his appeals were ultimately denied.

      At the same time, Jones, who was a nonvoting member of the compensation committee, tried to persuade many of the league’s owners that Goodell’s contract extension should be far less generous than the one that was being proposed.

      Jones was aware as early as August that only about 12 percent of Goodell’s compensation was guaranteed, and the rest would be based on whether he and the league met a variety of financial targets. Jones, however, continued to argue that Goodell was being overpaid. Though some owners were sympathetic to his stance, many of them backed away from supporting him when he threatened to sue the members of the compensation committee.

      The compensation committee includes some of the most powerful owners in the league, and close confidants of the commissioner. The members are the owners of the Chiefs, Falcons, Giants, Patriots, Steelers and Texans.

      Soon after Elliott exhausted his appeals, Jones hired Boies, who has over the years represented the N.F.L. In early November, Jones told the six owners on the committee that he had hired Boies and was prepared to take them to court to stop them from finalizing Goodell’s deal.

      That set off an embarrassing volley of letters between lawyers for the compensation committee and Jones, and turned the issue of Goodell’s contract extension into a public talking point just as the league was grappling with the fallout from player protests during the playing of the national anthem.

      Jones ultimately backed down on his threat to sue, but the ill will remained. At a league meeting in Irving, Tex., in December, Jones was upbraided for his behavior by many owners, including some who rarely weigh in strongly on league issues.

      At the same meeting, with the support of most owners, Goodell was given a five-year extension. Under its terms, he has the possibility of earning as much as $200 million.

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      • #4
        Fuck this league. They've allowed a commissioner to become dictator and this is a prime example. Fuck this shit.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post
          Fuck this league. They've allowed a commissioner to become dictator and this is a prime example. Fuck this shit.
          Dictator is right. This is like Hitler killing civilians because they disagreed or spoke bad of him.
          2016 DCC LOTY Fantasy Football Champion

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          • #6
            It's clear this has become a personal vendetta and that by definition means we can't trust the impartiality of the league office.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Iamtdg View Post
              Dictator is right. This is like Hitler killing civilians because they disagreed or spoke bad of him.
              It's unreal that the owners have allowed a commissioner to run the league this way and have this much power.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post
                It's unreal that the owners have allowed a commissioner to run the league this way and have this much power.
                Well, good news, it will all end in the not so distant future.
                2016 DCC LOTY Fantasy Football Champion

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Genghis Khan View Post
                  It's clear this has become a personal vendetta and that by definition means we can't trust the impartiality of the league office.
                  This is my problem, clearly the Elliott investigation was a sham and then you have to consider that Goodell's extension was seemingly partially dependent on suspending Elliott. It brings the whole operation into question.

                  What I find most interesting though is that it says Goodell was "reluctant" but was urged by several owners. This may just be excuse-making for Goodell but either way you can be sure the "at the urging of the owners" part is true.

                  And the NFL wonders why their popularity is lagging.

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                  • #10
                    That arrogant schmuck has gotten way too big for his britches. With the help of a few owners looking out for their own self interests and their hate of Jones, they're going to leave the league as a pile of smoldering ashes. Goodell, the league and any owner goading GoodForNothing along.

                    Just when I manage to gain some interest in the combine, FA and the draft, some crap like this pops up to cool whatever interest I had.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Iamtdg View Post
                      Dictator is right. This is like Hitler killing civilians because they disagreed or spoke bad of him.

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                      • #12
                        Punishing your critics is fucking Nixonian. Jerry and the other owners were just supposed to rubber stamp his extension? No dissent was permitted? Goddell has a massive conflict of interest here.

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                        • #13
                          This whole thing has a Shakespearean cast to it. Some of the other owners are wary of Jerry's growing power but are hesitant to confront him directly. So they are gathering in the shadows behind Goodell, knives out for Jerry.

                          You can't have two centers of power, and you can't have one owner dictating a course of action that favors his team.

                          Goodell, no matter how inept, can't allow threats of lawsuits against him, the league, or other owners, to go unchallenged.

                          Jerry's motive for resisting Goodel's contract was also obvious: you suspended my star running back so I'm coming after you -- publicly and loudly.

                          The commissioner of any league has to strangle that in its crib.

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                          • #14
                            Somewhere in all this someone has forgotten who is working for who. The NFL is a league of Owners. The Commissioner is an employee and if the rest of the owners don’t stand up and tell Goodell that then they will all be at risk and the NFL may implode.
                            Since Day One

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by deadrise View Post
                              This whole thing has a Shakespearean cast to it. Some of the other owners are wary of Jerry's growing power but are hesitant to confront him directly. So they are gathering in the shadows behind Goodell, knives out for Jerry.

                              You can't have two centers of power, and you can't have one owner dictating a course of action that favors his team.

                              Goodell, no matter how inept, can't allow threats of lawsuits against him, the league, or other owners, to go unchallenged.

                              Jerry's motive for resisting Goodel's contract was also obvious: you suspended my star running back so I'm coming after you -- publicly and loudly.

                              The commissioner of any league has to strangle that in its crib.

                              Except that's not the way it went down.

                              Jerry's had loads of players suspended. Why only now has he come after the league about it?

                              Because the way THIS one was handled was a shit show, and had a huge air of unfairness. Any owner has a right to challenge the league if it feels like it's being railroaded.

                              Except the league has this notion that they shouldn't be challenged. That's ridiculous.

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