Jerry Jones calls talk of him being forced to sell Cowboys 'laughable'


Jones' efforts to derail the five-year extension for the commissioner, which has been in the works for months and is almost complete, has annoyed a growing number of owners, who are angry that Jones has tried to hold Goodell's compensation hostage as a way to punish the commissioner for his decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The punishment options include fines, docking draft picks, suspending Jones or the so-called "nuclear option" of forcing Jones to forfeit ownership of the Cowboys.

Jerry Jones may be losing some friends within the National Football League community as he attempts to derail Roger Goodell's contract extension talks, but the Dallas Cowboys owner isn't the slightest bit concerned about being forced to sell his team. Falcons owner Arthur Blank pushed Jones off of the compensation committee, even though Jones' role was an unofficial one.

Jones' maneuvers have escalated one of the worst fissures in decades in the normally clubby ownership group.

Jones said he has not received any cease-and-desist notices from the compensation committee.

Jones has pushed back against the National Football League possibly extending Goodell's contract, even hiring lawyer David Boies and threatening a potential lawsuit if the transaction goes through.

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The compensation committee held a conference call Monday and then gave Jones a cease-and-desist warning, the New York Times reported.

"Roger has nearly 18 months left". We've got all the time in the world to extend him.

The Times report meshes with what CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday: Some owners are starting to turn on Jones because, according to sources, "his attacks on commissioner Roger Goodell are being seen by his peers as a direct reaction to his anger of Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension and are diminishing his respect and influence among other owners".

Goodell's current deal expires after the 2018 season and the committee is negotiating with Goodell for a new five-year deal that would run through 2025.