Report: Jerry Jones Trying To Rid NFL Of Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

This story isn’t directly tied to the Pittsburgh Steelers but considering Roger Goodell is the commissioner of the NFL and a very unpopular man among Steelers’ Nation, it’s definitely worth pointing out. The New York Times dropped a pretty big bomb today on how far Jerry Jones is going to stop Goodell from getting a massive contract extension.

From the Times report.

“Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and one of the N.F.L.’s most powerful figures, has escalated his feud with Commissioner Roger Goodell, threatening to sue the league and some fellow team owners over negotiations to extend Goodell’s contract, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woah.

Jones seems to have revenge on his mind after what’s happened with Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension saga, the on-again, off-again nonsense of going court by court to find out his fate. As of this writing, Elliott is playing under a temporary injunction. Jones had previously been one of Goodell’s biggest backers. Not anymore.

Though not officially apart of the Compensation Committee, Jones has been an unofficial consultant of it. According to the report, he told the owners of the teams who are apart of it, including the Steelers, that “legal papers were drawn up and would be served this Friday if the committee did not scrap its plans to extend Goodell’s contract.”

Jones has also reportedly threatened to sue individual owners who are helping Goodell get his contract extension. While we’re far off from anything concrete happening, if the Steelers go to bat for Goodell, Art Rooney II could be one of Jones’ targets.

The Steelers though, have been one of the few teams to take tangible action to lessen Goodell’s power. They were the only team to vote against the current CBA, which in hindsight, is looking like a pretty solid decision.

As many others have so obviously pointed out, Goodell’s position in the NFL is as ugly as its ever been. There’s a power struggle, a looming lockout, and strife over anthem protests, ad partners, and TV ratings that haven’t given the league any positive PR.

Previously, Goodell was close to reaching a five year extension for around the same amount of money he’s making now. According to that CBS link, he made $34.1 million in 2014 and a whopping $44.2 million in 2012. Jones has seemed to stall those talks and may now be hell-bent on getting Goodell out of the league period.

To do so, Jones will need to get one-third of the league to vote no to a contract extension. Goodell’s current contract expires at the end of the 2019 season.

He was elected to become the league’s commissioner back in 2006, beating out attorney and NFL counsel Gregg Levy. There’s idle speculation of how could replace Goodell, I’ve seen Bill Polian thrown out as one name, but all of that is just speculation.

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  • Michael James

    I mean few people actually like Goodell, but who on earth does Jerry Jones think he is?
    He’s just a demented buffoon and the biggest hypocrit of the entire NFL.

  • Steelers12

    Jerruh needs to go along with Goodell

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I am no Roger Goodell fan; just hope who whomever replaces him does a better job.

    What I am confused by is the part about the Competition Committee renewing Goodell’s contract. I would have thought that all 32 teams would determine the extension.

  • WreckIess

    Rooting for you Jerry!

  • ND_Steel

    Goodell has chased every penny and left no stone unturned to try and meet the greed of the owners he serves…games in London, new stadiums, team movements to include to Las Vegas. The guy is devil-like…he would sell the NFL’s very soul if it would make a buck, and to some degree I think he has. Hopefully the owners will realize just how poor a strategy this has been as short term greed is destroying the game. He has alienated so many players and fans with his poor leadership on issues of player discipline, safety, and social issues. I agree with Jones, it is time for him to go.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Goodell appoints the competition committee. Tomlin is the Steelers rep.

  • ND_Steel

    He’s a shrewd business man that sees the ship is taking on a ton of water.

  • PaeperCup

    Lol, join the club.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I agree with almost everthing you said. The one omission is the greed of the players who get a percentage of the revenues as (@46%). Every penny Goodell gets for NFL also goes to the salary cap.

    IMHO the best thing that could happen for the NFL is a downturn in revenues (& salary cap) to get both owners and players focused on their primary product: playing football

  • dany

    This

    and if it’s really over the Ezekiel thing then f*** him. So many other important stuff he’s screwed up. And, forgive me if I’m wrong since I have not followed the case, but the domestic violence allegations sounded, and looked, pretty bad. It baffles me how they can jump from court to court to avoid a suspension

  • Axe Skot

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, really. Who thought we would see such a dumpster fire? Speaks volumes about the fan base. Bye-bye, Rog.

  • Nolrog

    Goodell’s #1 job is to grow the league and make the owners richer than they already were. By that measure, he has been wildly successful.

  • 6 ring circus

    Goodell was doing the owner’s bidding, so they are complicit in the whole matter…everything was a.o.k. until the players started to become not only wayward citizens of the NFL, but also in outside the white lines so much so that the legal system has become a frequent destination for players.

  • ND_Steel

    Yes, no doubt, you are correct, part of his alienation of the players certainly does not include the riches he’s brought them.

    Totally agree that the product on the field has suffered greatly during the Goodell era. Thicker rule book, inconsistent officiating, less practices, teams tanking for high draft picks, lack of NFL policy and consistency drawing our attention away from the play and more to the anthem, fines given, etc. And they are so lucky to have CFB because they do so very little to develop future NFL players, both in terms of skill and as citizens.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    OK folks; who do you think will replace Goodell?

    Here are a few names: Dwayne Woodruff (judge), John Stallworth (partowner) or Lynn Swann (pol), Condoleeza Rice, Bill Cowher, Ray Anderson, Mark Murphy, and Michael Strahan (this is from a twitter exchange I’m having)

  • True statement.

    It’s just all the other teams are upset with his iron fist punishments. But the CBA signed by the players gave him that power. All the players except the Steelers. Ryan Clark saw this coming and warned everyone at the time.

    But on the other side of the coin, there were a few players giving the league a black eye and some of the players wanted the league cleaned up a bit as well.

    But having your cake and eating it too is too much to ask for I guess.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    What is CFB?

    I think the players and owner think they are the only parties to the next CBA. They are forgetting about the fans who watch on tv but especially those that attend games.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I think Charlie Batch waned them too.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Never thought I’d say this, but…. “I’M WITH YOU JERRY! “

  • ND_Steel

    College Football… the ultimate free minor leagues of the NFL

  • Darth Blount 47

    Two things:

    1st, I believe they should give heavy consideration to a minority Commish, IF Goodell is booted.

    2nd, Jerry Jones just brought a tear to my eye. I’m not sure if it is allergies or what. Yeah, probably allergies. Look away! I’m hideous!

  • Steeler Nation!

    That’s like making a deal with the devil

  • Z Vranic RMT

    Don’t like Goodell , like Jones even less. He’s an assh#le who only cares about himself and his organization. Didn’t see him wrining his hands when Big Ben was being suspended with no charges being filed! No sir-ree. Or questioning why James Harrison was being drug tested weekly on an apparent random drug testing policy. Na uh no squaking then. He knew Elliots act and reputation when he drafted him. F you Jerry and thw horse you rode in on. By the by weren’t you accused at one time of having grabby hands with the ladies. Guess tour like ur bum buddy Trump, can grab em by the pu$$y if your rich, what r they gonna do? E ha Ride em Cowboy!

  • Steeler Nation!

    Jones is only after him now because of the Elliot case

  • Steeler Nation!

    I agree. Jones and Goodell should be locked in a room until There are no survivors

  • Ken

    I was extremely interested in seeing where Steeler Nation would stand on this article, I stand with the majority that know Jerry Jones is a nut, but couldnt agree more with him. The NFL needs a change and they need it now.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Jerry is worried about the Cowpies only. Do you think Jones cared when Goodell was destroying SPYGATE evidence?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    surrrrrrrrrre.

  • JNick

    Or when Ben was suspended for 6 games with no criminal charges.
    The league should push this guy out, the way the NBA did with Donald Sterling.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Playing games in London is the hight of stupidity. Thursday games being a close second .

  • nutty32

    Probably the only person that believes Goodell has done a good job. He’s grown the sport, confronted player safety issues, and tried to keep the nfl image family oriented while balancing individual rights. Most fans just mad when players on their favorite team mess up.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I’m over Goodell. He gets what he gets. Nothing he does or says will ever be a blip on my radar ever again.

  • SouthernSteel

    So true…they both suck…add mcnair in there also

  • SouthernSteel

    Yes teams tanking….what happened to parity? That’s all he use to talk about…still think Brown’s should have lost 1st overall pick last year for tanking

  • SouthernSteel

    Lol and all those black eye players still play for the Bengals

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Well never thought I would say this but I agree with Jerrah on this one.
    God-ell is a first class ignoramus who is certainly contributing to the leagues loss of popularity.
    Sure, I know that Roger is only a puppet of the owners but it’s not what he says/does so much as HOW he does it.
    Only God-ell could actually make me yearn for the days of Paul Tagliabue!!

  • WB Tarleton

    They should give consideration to the best candidate, regardless of his or her race, gender, religion, etc.

  • Lil Smitty

    I like the idea of Dwayne Woodruff. I doubt if anyone connected to the Steelers, Cowboys, or Patriots would be acceptable.
    Here is a wild idea. Peyton Manning.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    YES. Painful but worth it to be rid of God-ell!!!

  • WB Tarleton

    Nothing wrong with London games. If a business is not growing, it is dying.

    Even Thursday could be fine with some easy changes. Have Thursday night games only on week one and weeks after byes (approximately weeks 5-15). Then, have two teams play that are coming off the bye week. It will increase player safety, be fairer to the road team, and the football will be better.

  • WB Tarleton

    Actually, NFL players are significantly LESS LIKELY to commit a crime than the rest of the nation in their demographic (20-35 year old males).

  • Lil Smitty

    Who do I hate more. Roger or Jerry, Roger or Jerry, Roger or Jerry…
    This may be one of those no win situations.

  • John

    Jones is only going against after Goddell because he doesn’t want ELLIOTT suspended. He is trying to intimidate the process.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Doh!

  • Mike Lloyd

    I’m no huge Goodell fan…but I dislike Jerry Jones even more than I dislike Goodell.
    Trying to sue other Owners? This isn’t your league you pompous pri*k. This is a partnership for 30 teams-equally.
    Jones is a vindictive me first guy. He’d hire wife/girlfriend beating players to win. He would threaten to sue co-owners to get his way.
    Seems there’s a lot of demigoguery in the world today…this guy is one amongst them.

  • Darth Blount 47

    And how exactly does one “give consideration to the best candidate?” Is there a “Commish School” somewhere that I don’t know about? Clearly, it will already be quite the subjective process, like most any other in this life. When was the last time the Commissioner just so happened to be a minority? Curious. Don’t worry, I’ll wait….

  • Steve

    Kraft was a Goodell supporter, but not anymore. Steelers have never cared for the power given to the Commish. His power is being drained daily as people burn their shirts and quit watching football. Goodell is not doing a very good job and needs to go.

  • Michael James

    I can assure you that he doesn’t care about that. The ship is taking no water at all. If you look at the actual numbers, it’s actually sailing better than ever, despite what some people want to tell you. Easiest way to understand this is the salary cap. It goes hand in hand with the money the league/owners are making and it’s getting significantly bigger every year.
    Jones is only mad, because he thinks of himself as “better” than anyone else in the league (especially all the other owners) and considered himself untouchable. Now the NFL really dared to suspend E.Elliott and his once glowing support for Goodell turns into a b*tch-fight.

  • Nolrog

    JR Ewing Jones. Just not as likable.

  • Nolrog

    >>> What I am confused by is the part about the Competition Committee
    renewing Goodell’s contract. I would have thought that all 32 teams
    would determine the extension.

    My guess (just a guess, didn’t look it up), is that the owners all voted to extend his contract and then that fell to the committee responsible for that to implement and probably bring the final contract back to the full owners to vote on to approve.

  • AndreH

    Let me say first and foremost, I’m not a fan of Roger Goodell. But what I find ironic is that the same owners who hired Goodell are secretly plotting to oust him behind closed doors. Goodell is simply doing the job that he was hired to do but lets not tell that to Jerry Jones or Bob Kraft. Jones has been openly critical of the way Goodell has handled Zeke Elliott’s suspension.and the public backlash from the Cowboys faithful. But what I found surprising is the deafening silence that’s coming from the other 30 NFL owners around the league (Jerry Richardson, Art Rooney II,etc;). This guy (Jerry Jones) does not run the league nor should he speak for the other owners.

  • Conserv_58

    Jerry Jones was on board with Goodell getting an extension, before he drafted Elliot. Now that his star RB is tied up in litigation he wants Goodell out. The immense hypocrisy of his position is best illustrated when, Dan and Art Rooney II had to deal with Ben being the first player suspended for four games for violating the league’s new personal conduct policy, even though no criminal charges were ever given.

    I would love to see Goodell ousted because he’s been an inconsistent, unfair and hypocritical tyrant. I’m not on board with, Jerry Jones’ selfish reason for wanting Goodell out because he hasn’t got the league, the other owners and their players in mind. It’s all about him and his team. The only thing he’s doing is alienating himself from the other owners and in the process is losing a lot of respect.

  • Conserv_58

    He’s culpable in allowing Goodell to act like a dictator because the bottom line is since Goodell took over as commissioner the league went from being a six billion dollar per year entertainment enterprise to a fourteen billion dollar per year entertainment behemoth.

    There is no question that there are two key issues Jones has with Goodell and they are his handling of the protests and his suspension of Elliot. Goodell’s handling of the protests has had a negative cause and affect on the owner’s bottom line. In 20016, TV revenues decreased by four percent. Ticket sales and merchandise sales platued and in some cases decreased. This year, TV viewership has plummeted even further. Ticket and merchandise sales have also taken a big hit. To make matters worse, major sponsors, (Poppa John’s Pizza) are threatening to pull their sponsorship. From a business perspective, Jerry has a right to want Goodell out because Jerry sees how Goodell’s political pandering to the protesters is ticking off the very people that are in control of the league’s purse strings. Those people being us fans.

  • Conserv_58

    There should be no confusion because Jerry Jones is not part of the Compensation Committee. Therefore, he has no legal right to impose his will over the committee’s business.

  • Conserv_58

    Indeed. He was hired in 2006 and since then he brought the league from a six billion dollar per year entertaiment business to a fourteen billion dollar per year entertainment juggernaught. It’s a different story this year because the owners are losing TV, ticket and merchandise revenue. They could also see a significant drop off in sponsorship dollars too.

  • Conserv_58

    Goodell’s pussified handling of the player protests is the key to the dramatic decrease in revenue. We fans control the league’s purse strings and for the first time in it’s history the league is feeling our wrath where it hurts them the most, in their wallets.

  • Conserv_58

    Goodell showed what hypocrites the league is comprised of when it was revealed in 2015 that the leagued took in $125 million dollars during their breast cancer awareness campaign. The paltry sum of six percent of that revenue went to breast cancer research. Of course the main stream media barely gave mention to that fact and the only reason why they did at all is because several women from verious breast cancer research groups protested against the NFL’s hypocrisy.

  • Conserv_58

    Yeah. Young men sacrificing their health and well being for the enrichment of their colleges and universities. Those same centers of higher learning that do not pay any taxes either. Sure a lot of the players get scholarships as compensation, but compared to the tens of millions in revenue their schools make they are essentially indentured servants.

  • Aj Gentile

    Counter sue Jones for being an A hole! It is clearly about the Elliot case. But lets be real here, Jones would put his name in to replace Goodell.

  • Conserv_58

    The browns currently have a treasure trove of picks, many of which were aquired via trades. At the rate they’re going this season they’re going to have around fifteen picks or more heading into the 2018 draft.

  • Conserv_58

    Don’t be so naive. Jerry and the rest of the owners are not the least bit happy with seeing how much revenue they’re losing this season and it’s directly related to Goodell’s handling of the protests.

  • JNick

    If he were a shrewd business man he would realize suing the league over a personal vendetta is a bad, bad move. Especially considering the fragile state of the league as it is. Good businessmen make good business moves. This is a personal vendetta that he is willing to torpedo the league over.

  • AndyR34

    I would like to see your evidence of this. TV viewership has declined some for a couple of years now…especially as other avenues of access increase (streaming, etc.). NFL TV viewership is down less than most other TV programs ( believe this number is 3% vs. 5%). Tell me how much the other NFL revenue streams are down and how you authoritatively link it to player protests…not anecdotal evidence.

  • AndyR34

    Oh…and the president of CBS said that he believes the reduction in viewership is a result of over-saturation.

  • Bonnie Powell

    That’s funny- isn’t he the one who was totally onboard with Goodell and pushed for Brady’s suspension? Not so happy when the shoe is on the other foot and affects his team.

  • AndyR34

    Correction, NFL viewership is down 5.5%, while other programs are closer to the 7% range…on average.

  • Conserv_58

    Jones said himself that Goodell has mishandled the protests from the get go. He said that Goodell should have taken a hard stance against protesting as soon as it started. As for the revenue streams being down there has been several articles written about how the player’s protest are having a direct negative cause and affect on revenue.

  • Conserv_58

    I’m not in agreement of hiring a minority commissioner for the sake of hiring a minority. There should be a comprehensive vetting process involved before making a decison. May the best qualified candidate win, despite their race.

  • Conserv_58

    You could ask the same question when it comes to electing a president. Is there a POTUS school? Race should play no role in hiring a commissioner.

  • Conserv_58

    The owner of Poppa John’s Pizza has threatened to pull his sponsorship because he’s losing revenue.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Without the Rooney Rule, we almost assuredly don’t end up with Mike Tomlin.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Did I say that? My exact words were… “I believe they should give heavy consideration…”

    That is a far cry from saying: “We’ll just hire a minority for the sake of hiring a minority.”

    And you finished with the exact same last sentence as the previous poster. So again I ask, how would you define “best qualified candidate?” Was Roger Goodell the “Best qualified candidate?”

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    My understanding is that Jerry Jones voted with the other 32 owners in May to extend Goodell’s contract and empowered the Compensation to make it happen.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    It was actually the Compensation Committee. My understanding is that the owners voted in May to extend contract and Compensation Committee carries it out. Jones was an unoffiial member of the Compensation Committee but then disinvited once he started saying he no longer wanted the contract extended.

  • AndyR34

    Oh…I know what he said…but that is a meaningless statement. How many people do you think walk into Poppa John’s and say I’m not buying your pizza because of the NFL player protests? LOL! Totally defies common sense. Secondly, he has a political agenda…well-known in Louisville. Facts are, the quality of their pizza and service have deteriorated.

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    So Nooooow Jones wants to get rid of Goodell. This is funny and it’s always funny when it hits home and effects his guys. Seems Jones wasn’t too worried about Goodell when Adolph Goodell was heavy-handed against the Steelers excessively fining James Harrison, etc. It’s too late. They may as well keep Goodell. He’s already ruined the game there’s no turning back.

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Not really. Al Davis made a career of suing the league and Davis did just fine shaking down the league and various cities for money.

  • JNick

    You are taking my reply out of context. Al Davis isn’t suing the league now, in the midst of a number of other league issues, over a personal vendetta related to a player with domestic violence issues.
    As I said, not a good business decision.

  • dlizsehshus

    Lol the NFL has a team called the Redskins. Think about that if you want to compare the NBA to the NFL.

  • JNick

    What does that have to do with the owners voting another owner out for actions detrimental to the league?

  • Aj Gentile

    No, Jerry is pretty much but himself. There maybe two or three other owners who side with him but the majority support Goodell getting an extension.

  • dlizsehshus

    You are the one who brought up Donald Sterling.

    Just pointing out that what he did and what Jones is doing is no where close to the same. Its also not the same league.

    I want to know how this is detrimental to the league? Like someone said Al Davis did the exact same thing when he was alive.

    You really think the owners are going to war to protect Goodell? Lol i doubt that.

  • JNick

    I brought up the example of pushing an owner out. You’re right, it isn’t the same league or the exact same circumstances, but I still feel if he pursues a vendetta based lawsuit against the league – after voting to approve an extension for Goodell in May, the owners should consider outing him.
    They already have gone to war to protect him. How many court cases have they fought based on decisions he’s laid down?
    It’s detrimental to the league from a PR standpoint because hes fighting a lawsuit for a guy on the basis of domestic violence.
    And again, what does the Rediskin name have to do with this???

  • dlizsehshus

    The owners can try. But they won’t have much of case to kick him out. Unless Jerry did something so heinous like Harvey Weinstein level. The league won’t have a leg to stand on in terms of kicking him out. Jerry Jones has the right to challenge decisions made by the league. Its his right as an owner.

    You can say its a vendetta but all Jerry has to do is bring up Goodells many infractions to have a just cause for wanting him out.

    Your also ignoring the fact that he has friends among the owners.

    Those decisions your talking about involved the players and coaches. This is different this is an Owner who is one of the richest and who owns a very valuable franchise. This is a much a different animal.

    Lol thats it? Ray Rice and Greg Hardy recieved slaps on the risk when it came to domestic violence. And it didn’t hurt the league. Most NFL fans don’t care about domestic violence. They care more about kneeling during the national anthem then domestic violence.

    Already answered. If you didn’t understand it the first. You won’t get it the second time.

  • HiVul

    Just because a few thousand people with an agenda talk about something online doesn’t mean it has a huge impact. The anthem thing killing the NFL is fake news. The NFL’s real problem is that they make it so difficult for people to watch games online.

  • ND_Steel

    Good point, forgot about all the self serving campaigns masked as goodwill to women, veterans, and other focus groups…as well as maxing out merchandising with throwback uniforms, color rush uniforms, etc.

  • WB Tarleton

    LOL So, deciding on a commissioner is random? How absurd.

    There is no “commish school”, just as there is no “CEO of Microsoft” school. There are people who have business backgrounds, knowledge or experience in football, run a business through difficult times, have navigated an organization through labor disputes, negotiated media deals, etc. The owners will prioritize these traits and decide who has the best combination of them. All of those things (and more) are a hundred times more important than the color of the candidate’s skin or what is contained between the candidate’s legs.

  • WB Tarleton

    How ridiculous. So, the same man who proposed “The Rooney Rule” would not have hired an African American head coach without the rule in place?