Over the past few weeks, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been fighting to oust Roger Goodell. The NFL commissioner’s contract is expiring soon and Jones would prefer that it remain unextended. Many wonder if this seemingly personal vendetta against Goodell has come as a result of the league’s suspension of Dallas Cowboy, Ezekiel Elliott and/or the commissioner’s lack of action against league protests.
The later is a possibility because there are rumors that Jones had John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, publically criticize Goodell for allowing the league’s viewership and ratings take a hit because of the anthem protests.
Over the past couple of days, some owners in the league have become tired of Jones and his actions and have considered forcing him out of the league and ownership of the Cowboys. There is a clause in the NFL’s Consitution and Bylaws that would allow for such a possibility.
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.
If the owners did choose this route, years of lawsuits and legal battles would ensue. Jones would not be willing to give up his team without and fight and would surely battle until his last breath to keep it and stick it to the rest of the league.