The NFL is bleeding viewers, with nearly 2.5 million viewers opting to do other things on Sunday than watch NFL games.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sounded the alarm after seeing attendance drop, calling for NFL commissioner Goodall to take action or face a lawsuit. Now it looks like the Goodell and many owners are moving to silence Jerry Jones.
Via The Gateway Pundit…
After decades of American tradition of standing at attention during the National Anthem the National Football League started their own tradition last year and allowed players to kneel, sit, or stretch during the National Anthem today at professional football games.
Disgusted with the continued protests and dwindling crowds Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones organized a 17-owner conference call discussing whether to eject Roger Goodell as NFL commissioner after his contract runs out.
After destroying the league Commissioner Goodell now wants $50 million a year and a private plane for life.
Multiple owners are plotting to take down Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his vocal disapproval of Roger Goodell and his handling of the protesters.
Pro Football Talk reports…
When it comes to the lingering dispute regarding the Roger Goodell contract extension, much has been written and said about the potential nuclear option possessed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. But the rest of the owners (or, more accurately, those who oppose Jones) have a nuclear option of their own.
They could, in theory, attempt to trigger forfeiture of the Dallas franchise.
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 “[c]ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team.
It’s obviously an extreme outcome, and it surely would trigger years of litigation. But the possibility has emerged primarily because Jones has opted to take family business outside the family. As the source explained it, the primary affront comes from the belief among owners that Jones instigated Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter to disparage the NFL, blaming league leadership for ratings declines and, in turn, a reduction in Papa John’s revenues.
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