The burgeoning feud between Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the NFL could get even uglier. After Jones accused Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the other member of the NFL's compensation committee of misleading the rest of the owners about Roger Goodell's contract extension, the League responded by claiming Jones was misleading others. Now, some owners have considered the idea of the nuclear option: taking the Dallas Cowboys away from Jerry Jones.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports some owners have discussed forcing Jones to sell the team. Here's what Florio writes.
"A league source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that multiple owners already have been discussing the possibility, which flows from Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws. Specifically, Section 8.13 authorizes the Commissioner to determine that an owner "has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.” If the Commissioner believes the available sanction (a $500,000 fine) is "not adequate or sufficient." the Commissioner may refer the issue to the NFL’s Executive Committee, which has the power to compel "cancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team."
That option wouldn't be an instant move. There would surely be a lengthy court battle and lawsuit if the NFL and its owner tried to oust Jones. The main reason for the anger towards Jones, per Florio, is that other NFL owners believe that Jones helped convince Papa John's to remove advertising.
With that in mind, the nuclear option lives up to its name. It's an unlikely option because of the likelihood of collateral damage towards the NFL and its owners. But, with Jones and the NFL continuing to feud over Goodell's extension and more, things don't look great for their relationship.Back to the Dallas Cowboys Newsfeed