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Jerry Jones losing backing from NFL owners over outbursts, report says

Jerry Jones losing backing from NFL owners over outbursts, report says

Jerry Jones apparently has opened yet another new front in his assault on Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract.

The conference call, first reported Saturday by The New York Times, marks the first call since Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voiced his displeasure about the contract extension that the committee has been discussing.

It was reported on Sunday that Goodell wants $50 million annually, a private jet, and health care for him and his family for the rest of their life.

Now, the commissioner reportedly made that counterproposal in early August, and it's unclear whether the contract the committee intends to discuss includes those terms.

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"That number for Roger just seems too much", the unnamed owner (Jones?) said. "It's offensive. It's unseemly". The league and Goodell have been working on a five-year deal to kick in when his current deal expires in 2019.

That, of course, is a technicality, as it refers to the actual salary a team owner takes home as opposed to the value of the National Football League franchise.

While executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart denied the exact figure, the ESPN source said Goodell is standing firm on his demands. And in this case, the committee would object because owners voted unanimously to empower the committee to work out a Goodell extension last spring, and one owner source said the six committee members have gone back to their fellow owners "a minimum of two additional times this year" to update them and gauge their reactions. "He's not going to resign; he's not going to take a pay cut". It doesn't seem that Goodell is going to walk away willingly either. As his 28-year ownership history shows, he is not afraid of taking an unpopular stand-and of angering his peers-when he feels he is right.

"There were other things that Jones and some owners didn't like about Goodell's recent performance".

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"I don't sense that at all from him", one source who is regularly around Goodell told ESPN.

Goodell is dealing with a league in turmoil in 2017.

"The problem is, no one is talking about games anymore", said one owner. "It's about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, Zeke, the anthem".

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