October 30, 2017

Jerry Jones Leads NFL Owner Revolt Against Roger Goodell: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was a prominent voice on a call between 17 NFL owners about halting Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension. One owner told ESPN, "You don't get to have this many messes over the years like Roger has had and survive it."

posted by rcade to football at 10:34 AM - 6 comments

It makes perfect sense to have talk of a revolt come up with ratings and revenues trending as they are, Ray Rice elevator event or not.

The first and most important detail is: which 17 owners are we talking about? Rooneys and Krafts? Or Glazers and Haslams? That makes a world of difference. No amount of agitating by the likes of the last two is liable to get anything done.

They shouldn't get too knicker bunched about how Roger handled the Chargers' move. If things keep going the way they're going, the Chargers' shift could prove prescient. Every NFL team might end up wanting a 30,000 seat stadium.

posted by beaverboard at 11:59 AM on October 30

If 17 owners support Goodell's ouster or even seriously entertain the idea, isn't he toast?

Jones is probably the most powerful and influential owner in the league, based on the L.A. moves he was instrumental in putting together.

posted by rcade at 12:22 PM on October 30

Not necessarily, you could be looking at what's essentially two sets of owners. And I think you need 24 votes to act on the commissioner. If it were my billions of dollars in play, Jones is pretty far down the list of people whose long-term thinking ability I'd put my trust in. You might as well cash out and hand the money to Jimmy Haslem. I mean, what could be more obvious: a year ago, Jerry was all for the commish suspending Brady for something that may or may not have happened in spite of the fact that was empowering Goodell's arbitrary ban hammer. Fast-forward a single year and a known bad actor that Jones has done nothing to corral (sound familiar?) gets hit with an arbitrary-ish ban and all of a sudden Goodell has to go. And Jones announces it by standing up in a meeting and declaring himself the "senior owner in the room" whatever the hell that means in a league with the Rooneys, Maras, etc.

Jones has the attention span of someone who parties with Jim Irsay.

posted by yerfatma at 10:23 AM on October 31

Jerry Jones is the love child of Ross Perot and Alexander Haig.

posted by beaverboard at 11:52 AM on October 31

I believe Kraft might have warned the other owners about Goodell's power during the Brady affair. Maybe they will begin listening now. Of course, as one of my least favorite talking heads was saying this morning, Goodell is doing exactly what the owners want him to do, but have now discovered that it is hurting the bottom line.

posted by Howard_T at 01:39 PM on October 31

Jerry Jones is no voice of reason. He is the worst example of an owner who hires any individual regardless of current or previous character issues. He and other owners then bitch that Goodell isn't doing a good enough job cleaning up the mess they have created. From a financial perspective Jones and Kraft are great for the league but neither accept responsibility for anything but accumulating personal wealth.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:04 AM on November 01

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