Just a few days after the NFL's compensation committee denied Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' request for an emergency meeting to discuss the contract of Commissioner Roger Goodell, the committee denied Jones' again.
This time, Jones' request was to hold another vote on the extension, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
All 32 owners voted in May to extend Goodell's contract and authorized the compensation committee to work out the details. The league and Goodell have been working on a five-year deal to kick in when his current deal expires in 2019.
The committee also sent Jones a letter pushing him to drop his intent to disrupt the negotiations, the report said. In the letter, the committee said his actions "reflects conduct unbefitting an owner and is damaging to the League.”
In the past few days, tension between Jones and the other owners over Goodell has escalated.
Jones threatened to sue the NFL over Goodell's contract, sending a letter to fellow owners saying they had been misled in the negotiations.
The other owners, upset over Jones' actions, have looked at ways to sanction him. Outside counsel representing the NFL's compensation committee sent Jones a letter last week saying that he has been acting in a way that is “detrimental to the league’s best interests, ” and that Jones' “antics, whatever their motivation, are damaging the League.” It also says "urge Mr. Jones to support the Committee's deliberations, not attempt to sabotage them."
According to the report, Jones wrote committee chairman Arthur Blank, saying "“we can’t possibly have authorized the terms of Commissioner’s contract extension yet, since we still have no idea what those proposed terms will be.”
Blank wrote back saying that Jones was ignoring the facts “to satisfy your personal agenda.”
Jones didn't begin pushing back against the extension until after Goodell suspended his star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, six games for alleged domestic abuse.
Elliott dropped his appeal last week and will serve the remainder of his suspension. He can return to play for the Cowboys' penultimate game of the regular season on Dec. 24.