National Football League owners explore ousting Jerry Jones over Goodell opposition

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Jerry Jones calls talk of him being forced to sell Cowboys 'laughable'

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, chairman of the committee, said negotiations are progressing.

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.

"Roger has nearly 18 months left".

Jones has been critical of the National Football League and Goodell since the reinstatement of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, but Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan (h/t Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News) that it wasn't the reason he was fighting 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.

"I've had discussions with the committee chairman, but received no "notices" said Jones. Jones' threat prompted some owners from the six-owner compensation committee to reportedly issue a cease-and-desist warning to Jones.

"The committee is continuing its work towards finalizing a contract extension with the commissioner", Blank said in a statement on Monday. One being Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, and the other being the league's handling of the national anthem protests. "We need to slow this train down". We've got all the time in the world to extend him.

NBC's Pro Football Talk reported Sunday that multiple owners have discussed the possibility of using the nuclear option - the NFL's executive committee has the power to force an owner out for "conduct detrimental to the welfare of the league" - on the rogue owner.

"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, and that's about where that is".

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