NFL: Con­tro­ver­sial Good­ell ex­ten­sion on fast track, El­liott sus­pen­sion up­held

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NEW YORK— The NFL ex­pects a fiveyear con­tract ex­ten­sion with com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell to be fi­nal­ized soon, de­spite a threat­ened law­suit by Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones.

NFL spokesper­son Joe Lock­hart said Thurs­day that “our ex­pec­ta­tion is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can’t project an ac­tual date.”

The ex­ten­sion would carry through 2024. Good­ell be­came com­mis­sioner in 2006.

Lock­hart added that the league is aware of Jones’ po­ten­tial law­suit, which ap­par­ently has been sparked by star run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott’s six-game sus­pen­sion over al­le­ga­tions of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“Cer­tainly nei­ther the com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee or the league has been made aware of a law­suit be­ing filed,” he said.

As for re­ports that Jones and other own­ers might be balk­ing at the struc­ture and com­pen­sa­tion in the new con­tract, Lock­hart noted: “I am say­ing the re­port­ing about po­ten­tial hold­outs around par­tic­u­lar is­sues has not been ac­cu­rate. I don’t know where it is com­ing from?”

All 32 own­ers voted in May to ex­tend Good­ell’s con­tract and au­tho­rized the com­pen­sa­tion com­mit­tee to work out the de­tails. Good­ell sus­pended El­liott in Au­gust after a year­long NFL in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A fed­eral court on Thurs­day up­held the sus­pen­sion, bar­ring El­liott from play­ing Sun­day against At­lanta.

Jones, who is one of the most pow­er­ful own­ers in the league, has ex­pressed frus­tra­tion over the NFL’s pur­suit of crim­i­nal mat­ters with its own in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

An ex­pected five-year ex­ten­sion would see Roger Good­ell run­ning the NFL through 2024.

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