NFL owners plan to extend Roger Goodell despite Jerry Jones’s lawsuit threat


Roger Goodell’s pending five-year contract extension as NFL commissioner would run through 2024. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

NFL owners plan to complete their contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell despite the threat by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to file a lawsuit to block the deal, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Jones delivered his threat of litigation last week to owners on the compensation committee, which is negotiating Goodell’s pending five-year contract through 2024.

But the committee intends to ignore Jones’s threat and plans to have the deal with Goodell in place either by the owners’ meeting scheduled to be held in Dallas in December or by the annual league meeting in March, according to those people with knowledge of the deliberations, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the possibility of litigation.

“He’s going to be extended,” said one person familiar with the deliberations. “Whether it’s in December or in March or whenever it is, he’s going to be extended.”

Those sentiments were echoed by another person familiar with the league’s inner workings.

“The committee has the authority,” that person said. “I don’t think there’s any

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/11/08/nfl-owners-plan-to-extend-roger-goodell-despite-jerry-joness-lawsuit-threat/

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