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NFL's Goodell 'Furious' at What Pro-Anthem Owner Jerry Jones Has Planned for Him

The National Football League has some problems on its hands, and we’re not just talking about the ongoing controversy over National Anthem protests. Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract is up for renewal, and there are rumblings that at least one of his prominent employers isn’t inclined to just sign on the dotted line. As the Independent Journal Review shares, that owner may even sue the league over negotiations related to extending Goodell’s contract.

Reports indicate that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has hired a powerful attorney to look into things. One source told ESPN that Jones is not the only owner that’s questioning the wisdom of keeping Goodell on board.

“Most owners would admit that Roger has done a terrible job handling the anthem controversy and a terrible job explaining the [TV] ratings declines, a terrible job on any number of other issues.” the source claims.

For some context on things, Goodell works for the owners. He’s the public face of the league, and he’s tasked with making decisions that are in the best interest of the league as a whole. Using the anthem controversy as an example, he hasn’t always done that. League offices essentially turned a blind eye when currently unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend, and more players were emboldened as a result. The problem has metastasized to unseemly levels, and the league is now in scramble mode to repair the damage.

Another source close to things alleges that Goodell is none too pleased with any feet dragging associated with his contract extension.

“He feels as if the owners have made a lot of money and he should be compensated accordingly,” the source said. “The incentives thing really angers him.”

That’s a fair point. The league is a cash cow - but that’s not a new development. It was one before Goodell became commissioner, and it will remain one in his absence. He’s been commissioner since 2006, and he’s been paid more than $200 million since then. One of the holdups in current negotiations appears to be that some owners want his compensation to be more incentive based as opposed to outright guaranteed. It’s a fair request, but Goodell reportedly feels as if he shouldn’t have to prove himself at this stage of the game.

It’s unclear how all of this drama is going to play out, but it’s yet another mark against a league that was humming along for some time without issue. Those days are over. Between the anthem row, various player controversies, and declining ratings, the NFL is in the midst of some rough seas. As with any other business, the captain of the ship is the one that has to navigate through them while insuring there’s a little lasting damage as possible left behind.

Is Goodell the man to do that? That’s also unclear, but the problems that have arisen under his watch without being addressed properly point to a need for at least a closer examination of things. While he may not be all that pleased about that, it’s not unreasonable to expect any employee to fall under the microscope when the waves are coming over their side of the boat.

Source: Independent Journal Review(1) (2)
Photos: WEBN-TV/Flickr / Keith Allison/Flickr, YouTube

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