Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was staunchly opposed to a new contract for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but he’s not on the Compensation Committee. That committee went ahead and gave Goodell a new contract, according to reports.
“The Commissioner finally has a new contract,” reported Mike Florio of NBC’s Pro Football Talk. “Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL’s Compensation Committee has informed all owners that a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell has been executed. The memorandum to all owners explains that a ‘binding contract extension has been signed by the Commissioner and by Arthur Blank, on behalf of the League entities.’ The memo also cites the existence of a ‘nearly unanimous consensus’ among the owners in favor of finalizing the extension now.”
Blank is a member of the committee and the owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
Jones’ problem starts with Goodell; the two have been at odds since Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended. However, Jones said his real issue was simply that the small committee gets to make the decision on their own, rather than giving all of the owners a voice.
“I think that ultimately we will influence what I want to influence,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, per Florio. “The bottom line is he’s very powerful and you want to influence the Commissioner. There’s a big debate as to one of the biggest things a Commissioner does is resolve disputes. He resolves them between everybody. So there’s an argument that he should be autonomous from being accountable. That’s legitimate. Well, the Commissioner covers the whole league, the business aspect of it, the basically discipline aspect of it, the rules, the officials. And, so, no one — no one — would like it if you had three or four owners that were paying the officials. No one would like that because it should be all the owners that pay the officials. But yet you want them to be independent. Well, all owners should be holding the Commissioner accountable in my view. That’s the gist of this thing.”
Whether Jones likes it or not, the committee does have that power, and now they’ve used it.