National Football League owners appear to be heading for a war among themselves

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Roger Goodell is "furious" that Jerry Jones and other owners are insisting that compensation on the National Football League commissioner's next contract be more performance-based and, even including incentives, would pay him roughly the same as his current deal, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported Thursday morning, citing an unidentified person who spoke recently with Goodell.

In Jones attempts to change fellow owners' minds about Goodell's ability to do his job, Jones reportedly arranged a conference call with six other owners, a group that included Hunt along with Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, Bob McNair of the Houston Texans and more.

The move could set up a war between owners, with some backing Jones and others supporting Goodell. Elliott faced domestic violence allegations from a former girlfriend, though he was neither arrested nor charged with a crime by authorities in Columbus, Ohio, following an investigation.

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AT&T had previously maintained that the deal would be done by the end of the year. Several Democratic lawmakers have also pushed back against the combination.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported in October that the Atlanta Falcons' owner, Arthur Blank, the committee member they described as the "point man" for a Goodell extension, had invited Jones on as an "ad hoc committee adviser".

Lockhart said "certainly neither the compensation committee or the league has been made aware of a lawsuit being filed". Jones previously said he believed players should stand for the anthem.

Jones, upset with the Goodell's six-game suspension levied against Ezekiel Elliott, told six owners at a recent meeting that he had hired David Boies, who recently has come under fire for representing Harvey Weinstein as the now-disgraced movie producer fought sexual harassment claims. Jones is one of the most powerful owners in the league, but he's in a battle he may struggle to win. Jones, by the way, owns more than 100 Papa John's franchises.