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Thursday’s Mashup: Jerry Jones reportedly threatens to sue NFL over Roger Goodell contract extension

Lucy Burdge
November 09, 2017 - 7:37 am

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-- Jerry Jones has reportedly hired a lawyer and is threatening to sue the NFL over Roger Goodell’s contract extension negotiations.

According to a New York Times report on Wednesday, the Cowboys owner has hired lawyer David Boies, who recently defended Harvey Weinstein against sexual harassment allegations. During a conference call with the NFL’s compensation committee, which includes owners from the Patriots, Chiefs, Falcons, Giants, Steelers and Texans, Jones said he had legal papers drawn up and will serve them on Friday if the committee doesn’t drop its plan to extend Goodell’s contract, which expires after the 2018 season.

Speculation swirled that this move by Jones was spurred by running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. Goodell’s handling of national anthem protests by NFL players could also be a factor, as Jones is against the protests.

-- Bob Costas thinks the game of football is in big trouble.

During a roundtable discussion in Maryland on Tuesday night, Costas said football could become obsolete if nothing is done to make the game safer.

“The nature of football is this, unless and until there is some technology that we can not even imagine let alone has been developed that would make this inherently dangerous game not marginally safer, but acceptably safe, the cracks in the foundation are there,” Costas said.

“The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he continued.

Costas spoke along with Christine Brennan, Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon at the University of Maryland’s annual Shirley Povich Symposium and the future of football was a major theme of the discussion.

Kornheiser said the danger of football is trending toward that of boxing and safety concerns could ruin the future of the game.

“It’s not going to happen this year, and it’s not going to happen in five years or 10 years," Kornheiser said. "But Bob is right: At some point, the cultural wheel turns just a little bit, almost imperceptibly, and parents say, ‘I don’t want my kids to play.’ And then it becomes only the province of the poor, who want it for economic reasons to get up and out. If they don’t find a way to make it safe, and we don’t see how they will ... the game's not going to be around. It's not."

Costas also said a “common-sense conclusion” is for children to not play tackle football until they’re 18.

“But then where’s the talent pool for college? What happens to college football?” Costas continued. “The whole thing could collapse like a house of cards if people actually begin connecting the dots.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's only been a week. It’s a short period of time. We've been off a lot of that time, too. Again, I try to approach it like I always have every day whether Jimmy's not here or a receiver's not here or a lineman. You just still have to focus on doing your best. I think that’s what being a professional is … Brian and I have always stayed friends and kept in touch. We kind of picked up where we left off." -- Tom Brady, on losing Jimmy Garoppolo and bringing back Brian Hoyer



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