The war between the Cowboys' owner and Roger Goodell could change the NFL as we know it.
The NFL is rapidly becoming a pretty bad episode of People's Court.
Unless you've been residing under a rock the past few months, you're well-aware of the war between the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL front office -- one that seemingly began with owner Jerry Jones feeling "lied to" by commissioner Roger Goodell regarding any potential suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Jones holds firm he was told there would be no suspension, which was also recommended by lead investigator Kia Roberts, but it's now November and several federal court battles later -- Elliott has thrown in the towel and conceded to serving his full suspension, after the final two verdicts essentially left his case dead in the water.
Meanwhile, Jones has retained the services of world-renowned attorney David Boies -- who has represented the league itself in the past -- to potentially sue NFL owners responsible for the negotiation of Goodell's new contract. This led to Atlanta Falcons' owner Arthur Blank dismissing Jones as an ad hoc advisor to the NFL Compensation Committee, a small collective of owners accountable for the negotiations with Goodell.
Next came reports of a ceast and desist order from the Committee of which Jones claimed to have never received that accuses him of conduct detrimental to the league, a rumor of several NFL owners supposedly "discussing" the possible removal of Jones as owner of the Cowboys -- a claim he and EVP Stephen Jones both call "laughable" and "ridiculous" -- followed by more harsh letters sent back and forth betwixt all parties and a meeting request by Jones that was denied by the Committee.
Oh, and that declined offer is being met with a reported meeting set to take place between the Committee and Goodell to assumably finalize his contractual details. Did I mention his demands also allegedly include a salary of $50M per year and lifetime access to a private jet and healthcare?
Now that you're up-to-speed, buckle up and ready yourself for what comes next.
"I'm gonna come after you with everything I have," Jones reportedly said to Goodell on a conference call in August where he was advised of Elliott's suspension, via ESPN. "If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard [in DeflateGate], Bob Kraft is a p---y compared to what I'm going to do."
Jones has held true to this for thus far and it's apparently having some sort of intended impact on Goodell's negotiations, even if both the commissioner and the Compensation Committee refuse to admit it. The Cowboys' owner stated plainly he wants to "slow this train down" as it relates to a proposed extension of a commissioner with 18 months remaining on his current deal, and at a time when the public opinion of the NFL is in the toilet.
A system of checks-and-balances is what Jones is ultimately after, and he wants all 32 owners to have a vote on the new deal. While that certainly appears fair, Blank isn't yielding one iota to what Jones wants. Instead, it's been reported he's actually attempting to "accelerate" the finalization of Goodell's new contract as a way of combating Jones.
The contention between NFL owners is reaching fever pitch as lines become more defined in the sand as it relates to Goodell and other matters, with Jones leading the rebel forces against the Empire. The advantage for the Hall of Famer here is rather obvious, considering this isn't the first time he's challenged the NFL and walked away victorious -- in a war that ultimately continues to deepen the pockets of the very owners who now seek to slight him.
There was no limit to what Jones would do then when it was Paul Taglibue playing the role of Darth Vader, and an infinitely more wealthy and powerful version of himself in 2017 looks willing to remind everyone the Force is still very much strong within him.
Like it or don't but when it comes to having the resources and gumption to again challenge an increasingly corrupt NFL operation, Jones has officially become the Last Jedi.
Author: Patrik Walker, Voice of "The Star"