National Football League owners explore ousting Jerry Jones over Goodell opposition

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As for Goodell's extension.

The range of punishments, according to the Times, includes fines, docking draft picks and even suspending Jones, who has owned the Cowboys since 1989.

According to the New York Times, the owners who make-up the NFL's Compensation Committee, have sent Jerry Jones a cease-and-desist letter telling him to stop his efforts to block Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension. He has inserted himself into discussions on Goodell's extension, threatened to sue the league and owners on the compensation committee, and there are some that believe he pushed Papa John's CEO John Schnatter to come after the NFL.

Jones' maneuvers have escalated one of the worst fissures in decades in the normally clubby ownership group.

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According to the New York Times (h/t ESPN.com), the NFL's compensation committee has issued a cease-and-desist warning to Jones regarding his threat to sue the National Football League over Goodell's contract negotiations. Rather, Jones has said that he is trying to make Goodell's contract talks more transparent in light of what he calls recent missteps by the league office, including how it has handled the protests by players.

The owners voted unanimously in May to give the compensation committee the authority to negotiate Goodell's new deal. Goodell reportedly has 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.

"Roger [Goodell] has nearly 18 months left [on his contract]", Jones explained. "The negotiations are progressing and we will keep ownership apprised of the negotiations as they move forward". "We just need to slow this train down and discuss the issues at hand in the National Football League". We've got all the time in the world to extend him.

Jones and Blank avoided each other after the Falcons defeated the Cowboys in Atlanta on Sunday.

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