NFL Owners Contemplating 'Nuclear Option' With Jerry Jones

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However, with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doing his best to single-handedly wreck Goodell's extension as part of Jones' ongoing feud with the commissioner, things have gotten ugly in the prolonged discussions.

Jones was issued a cease-and-desist warning Monday.

The ripples have extended as far out as the owners considering enacting a clause in the league's constitution that could see Jones forfeit his ownership of the Cowboys, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Jones, who was a non-voting member of the compensation committee, was kicked out immediately after he threatened to sue, reports the Times.

"I've had not one inkling of communication with the league office or any owner that would suggest something that laughable and ridiculous", he said.

If Commissioner Goodell feels that a simple monetary fine is not enough, the matter will then be turned over to the NFL's Executive Committee which could force Jones to sell his franchise if the committee deems it necessary.


There are also owners that reportedly believe Jones was behind recent comments by Papa John's CEO John Schnatter, who claimed a decline in the company's revenues can be traced to falling NFL TV ratings and the league's handing of national anthem protests by players.

"But I don't want to get into that or make anything of that", Jones said after the game.

Meanwhile, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the compensation committee's chairman, doesn't appear to be taking Jones' advice.

The fight between Jones and the committee has raised the tension in other ways. Major League Baseball forced Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner to give up control of their clubs for periods of time.

The commissioner would have to impose the penalties, and is reluctant to do so without a groundswell of owners pushing him to take action, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.

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