Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was an outspoken critic of league Commissioner Roger Goodell during a conference call on Thursday.
Jones and 16 other NFL owners discussed halting Goodell’s pending contract extension during the call.
Owners on the call were furious over Goodell’s handling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, and of course the league’s continued dismissal of players staging protests during the national anthem.
There is a growing difference of opinion among owners about Goodell’s overall performance as commissioner, according to sources. The owners on Thursday’s conference call are generally unhappy with Goodell and the NFL’s front office for a variety of reasons, including the player protests staged during the national anthem, issues regarding the relocation of teams to Los Angeles and the league’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, according to sources.
“You don’t get to have this many messes over the years like Roger has had and survive it,” one owner said during the call.
Despite the unhappiness, this group of owners is skeptical that it will be able to outright fire Goodell, according to sources. The NFL would need 24 owners to approve Goodell’s ouster. But one person involved in this past week’s conference call compared the NFL’s current situation with Goodell to Major League Baseball’s situation with Fay Vincent in September 1992, when baseball owners voted 18-9 to ask him to step down and replace him with Bud Selig […]
Yet for all the prominent people who do support Goodell, a contract that was expected to be completed in September has not been finalized as November approaches.
“Maybe Arthur [Blank, the head of the compensation committee] and that committee think they’re on track,” an owner said about Goodell’s extension talks. “But they have a lot more resistance than they counted on — and maybe they don’t know how the resistance is growing as we speak.”
Goodell and the league are at a critical juncture, and those around the NFL have said they can sense that.
With Goodell’s contract still pending, Jerry Jones is leading an effective mutiny against Goodell. But there still aren’t enough owners willing to publicly oppose Goodell to oust him from his commissioner position.
While Goodell is content to continue to allow player protests to go unpunished, several team owners have had enough.
Player protests have done serious damage to the NFL’s reputation. Their ratings have drastically plummeted, and despite their best efforts to shift the blame, it’s clear that league executives are the problem.
From Conservative Tribune:
A recent poll by Fox News revealed that 46 percent of respondents held a favorable opinion of the NFL while 41 percent viewed the league unfavorably.
That is a remarkable shift in popularity from 2013 — the last time the poll asked this question — when 64 percent viewed the NFL favorably and only 19 percent viewed it unfavorably.
“If the NFL were a political candidate, alarm bells would be going off in campaign headquarters,” stated pollster Chris Anderson, the Democrat member of the bipartisan Fox polling group.
Digging into the meat of the poll results, it was asked directly whether respondents viewed the act of kneeling in protest during the anthem as appropriate or inappropriate. Some 52 percent of those polled viewed the act as inappropriate, while 44 percent deemed it an acceptable form of protest.
Are Goodell’s days numbered?
With such a large pool of team owners against him, the league’s future is shaky at best.
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