Jerry Jones continues to find his way to headlines.
After stirring up drama over Rodger Goodell’s contract extension the other owners are preparing for the worst. There has reportedly been small discussion over what the other owners would do if Jerry Jones were to continue to prevent Goodell’s extension.
First reported by Mike Florio of PFF, the owners could attempt to force Jones to forfeit the Cowboys and sell from the league. He highlights the articles in which it would in the section below.
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 “[c]ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team.
This is a very extreme option and realistically may never come to fruition but it is a very real option. After the reported rumors that it was Jerry behind Papa Johns NFL remarks along with his threats to sue the NFL over Goodell has the other owners preparing for legal war.
There is no report that the owners have had any conversation about this option with Jerry but many believe a warning is coming and they have already discussed it amongst themselves.
Realistically the owners will probably find another way to work this out as opposed to a very drawn out and public court battle over a number of issues. This battle would drag for years as well as cost the NFL a lot of time and money in court.
Remember, Goodell will have the say if the owners do attempt to oust Jerry as Cowboys owner, Jones would do well to remember that.