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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones escalates fight over Roger Goodell's new contract

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One source estimated that it would cost Jones more than $10 million if he sues the league and its member teams over Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract and loses.

In addition to the cease-and-desist warning, some owners are reportedly discussing a nuclear option - the long-shot possibility of making Jones forfeit his ownership in the Cowboys.

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones on his weekly radio appearance today essentially telling The NFL and the other owners he's not backing down. 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. He has inserted himself into discussions on Goodell's extension, threatened to sue the league and owners on the compensation committee, and there are some that believe he pushed Papa John's CEO John Schnatter to come after the NFL.

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Jones claimed Tuesday he just wants the compensation committee to bring any negotiations with Goodell to the rest of the owners for approval. "If somebody is asserting that then they are not knowledgeable about how things work in the National Football League". Goodell has 18 months left on his current term and a lot to prove in the NFL's troubled 2017 landscape. Jones says there's plenty of time to talk about a new contract, but he'd rather focus on other bigger issues in the league first. Per the Times report, Jones could be subject to fines, loss of draft picks and even a suspension for his attempts to halt the commish's new deal.

Elliott was originally suspended by the NFL on August 11 for violating the league's personal conduct policy over domestic violence allegations dating back to 2016.

Many feel that Jones is giving Goodell a hard time because of Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, which is now back on and appears to be in effect for the rest of the season. After a roller-coaster ride of legal maneuverings, Elliott final sat out his first game Sunday.

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