A potential coup is in the works and it involves multiple NFL billionaires (as if the league didn’t already have enough going on).
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could be the man overthrown, potentially having to forfeit the franchise he’s presided over since 1989.
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From BizPac Review:
After a tumultuous year of protests, sinking ratings and ticket sales for the NFL, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was prepared to act.
Yeah…. it looks like there are far more than 5,624 that missed this game pic.twitter.com/QFKbCfe5FO
— James (@BishopsB2B) November 12, 2017
Last week, news that Jones had threatened to sue NFL commission Roger Goodell rocked the political and sports world. Jones had been extremely critical over many of Goodell’s decisions, and was vocal over this mishandling of the players’ protests during the national anthem.
Jones decided to put his money where his mouth is, and hired an attorney in an attempt to stop negotiations for Goodell’s lucrative contract renewal.
From Pro Football Talk:
When it comes to the lingering dispute regarding the Roger Goodell contract extension, much has been written and said about the potential nuclear option possessed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. But the rest of the owners (or, more accurately, those who oppose Jones) have a nuclear option of their own.
They could, in theory, attempt to trigger forfeiture of the Dallas franchise.
A league source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that multiple owners already have been discussing the possibility, which flows from Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws. Specifically, Section 8.13 authorizes the Commissioner to determine that an owner “has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.” If the Commissioner believes the available sanction (a $500,000 fine) is “not adequate or sufficient,” the Commissioner may refer the issue to the NFL’s Executive Committee, which has the power to compel “[c]ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team.
Jones is not having any of it!
From New York Post:
Jerry Jones doesn’t sound too worried about “nuclear” war.
The always outspoken Cowboys owner laughed off the possibility of NFL owners running him out of the league over his continued opposition to an extension for commissioner Roger Goodell. The compensation committee has sent Jones a cease-and-desist notice over his threats to sue the league, according to the New York Times.
“I’ve had not one, not one, inkling of communication from the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday morning about the Pro Football Talk report.
“If somebody is asserting that or thinking about that kind of thing, they’re not knowledgeable on how things work in the NFL.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell wants a private jet for life, health insurance for his entire family and nearly $50 million annually as part of his new contract with the league, via CNN Money:
The NFL expects that a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell will be “done shortly,” a league source says.
Goodell, whose existing contract runs through next season, has offered to give up “the majority of his contract guarantees” for a deal that would peg more of his pay to performance incentives, the source told CNNMoney.
A second source close to the league told CNNMoney that Goodell’s extension is “more likely than not, but still not nearly a sure thing.”
ESPN reported on Sunday that Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, the use of a private jet for life and lifetime health insurance for his family. Goodell was paid $31.7 million in 2015, the most recent figure publicly available.
Two NFL sources disputed the ESPN report. One NFL source told CNNMoney that Goodell already has use of a private jet and health care for his family.
Jones has been one of the NFL’s most patriotic voices, encouraging players to stand for the anthem or risk being benched. via Sports Day:
“If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” Jones said after the Cowboys’ 35-31 loss. “You understand? If we are disrespecting the flag then we won’t play. Period.”
By NFL policy, Jones isn’t alone in recommending players stand. The NFL’s 260-page game operations manual includes literature on it as well, though the guide is not made public nor sent to players – just sent to clubs each year.
“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game,” the manual reads, per an NFL spokesperson. “And all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition.”
Jones added: “I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding… when we’re at the No. 1 workplace we have, which is the field and the sideline on game day. I want to do everybody a service as I should in leading the team of saying let’s be real clear about what our expectations are, and, so that if anybody ask you or want to talk about it, then you can say this is where I work and this is the expectation and this what we do where I work.”
President Trump praised Jones for his stance:
President Donald Trump praised Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday for his stance against players protesting during the national anthem.
A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag."Stand for Anthem or sit for game!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Bennett, who will make $15.4 million per 2017 salary cap analysis, took issue with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying he wanted all his players to stand for the national anthem before games. Somehow, in the most unintelligible and stupid analogy in the history of athletes, Bennett analogized his own situation with a 19th century slave who challenged America’s existing slave laws in a famous 1857 case.
If you aren’t familiar with Dred Scott, he was a slave whose master traveled with him to free states in the years before the Civil War. Scott challenged his enslavement, arguing that because he’d been taken to a free state and lived there for several years, he was still free.
The Supreme Court disagreed, holding that once you are a slave you are always a slave no matter where you are in the country. This result helped to bring about the Civil War and resulted in Dred Scott becoming the most famous slave in American history.
To analogize yourself with Dred Scott, as Michael Bennett did, is pure insanity. Especially when, as is the case here, Bennett is arguing he’s a slave because Jerry Jones wants players to stand for the national anthem at their job.
What a time to be alive!