Jerry Jones: It's Laughable, Ridiculous to Think Owners Could Force Cowboys Exit

Jerry Jones: It's Laughable, Ridiculous to Think Owners Could Force Cowboys Exit

Which is fitting, given that the lawsuit would arise from Jones' objection to the many millions to be paid to Commissioner Roger Goodell under his next contract.

Frisco - Two heavyweights in our nation's most popular sport on opposite sides of the ring, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is refusing to back down from the fight he's picked over NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's proposed new contract. Rather, Jones has said that he is trying to make Goodell's contract talks more transparent in light of what he calls recent missteps by the league office, including how it has handled the protests by players.

On Saturday, committee chairman Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons removed Jones as an ad-hoc, non-voting member of the committee due to his threat to sue.

The Dallas Cowboys owner scoffed at suggestions the National Football League might force him to sell the team under a clause in its a constitution and bylaws, telling CBS Dallas on Tuesday the rumors are off base. The question has been, what can they do to retaliate?

"I speak to a lot of owners, and I know them to be really supportive of the idea of being able to, on their part, see what and guide and give input to the committee, particularly the chairman", Jones said.

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Jones denied a report from the New York Times that he's been given a cease-and-desist notice from the NFL's compensation committee.

The Compensation Committee now consists of Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Giants co-owner John Mara, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Steelers owner Art Rooney II, and Texans owner Bob McNair.

Suspending an owner for conduct detrimental to the league is an extraordinary step, but it has happened. Owners who would normally shake hands before their teams face off on game day are now avoiding Jones.

The commissioner would have to impose the penalties, and is reluctant to do so without a groundswell of owners pushing him to take action, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.