Committee head Blank: Roger Goodell's extension negotiations moving forward

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened to serve legal papers if the NFL's competition committee approved a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The committee will discuss Goodell's salary, with the commissioner reportedly asking for $49.5 million per year, compared to the $30 million he earns under his current contract, which expires at the end of the 2018 season.

Jones, a non-voting member of the committee, is reportedly looking to sue the league if Goodell's extension is completed without final approval from the league's 32 teams.

He also demanded use of a private jet for life and life insurance for his family, according to ESPN.

The league issued a statement denying Schefter and Mortensen's report on Sunday.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank released a statement Monday, saying that the committee is still working toward an extension for Goodell and disputing Jones' assertion that owners have been misled regarding "critical facts" about the negotiations.

Jones has managed to alienate a group of very rich, very powerful people who are used to getting their way, pretty much all the time. "It's just killing the game", the owner told ESPN. What will remain interesting is if Jerry Jones can convince enough of the so-called "fence-sitters" in the ownership to join his cavalry.

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National Football League viewership decreased 7.5 percent over the first seven weeks compared to the same time frame during the 2016 season.

The NFL's Compensation Committee has given Jerry Jones a cease-and-desist warning in response to the Dallas Cowboys owner's threat to sue the league over contract extension talks with commissioner Roger Goodell, according to The New York Times.

Two NFL sources disputed the ESPN report.

Jones said that he isn't pushing for a review of Goodell's contract because the commissioner suspended Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot six games on allegations of domestic violence.

Elliott remained on the field thanks to a series of rulings and court appeals, but his luck ran out on Thursday when a NY appeals court denied his request for an injunction that would have continued delaying the suspension.

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