Irving -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't get what he wanted, but that didn't stop him from getting in a shot.
"I know how much Roger Goodell loves the NFL," said Jones, as a wry smile began to spread across his face, "and he should love it even more, after right now.."
Jones cracking wise about Roger Goodell's 5-year $200-million dollar contract extension. Just minutes earlier the commissioner responded this way when asked if Jones efforts to block the deal were taken personally.
"Do I look like I took it personally," Goodell asked, then looked at Jones who was in the room, "Jerry, do I look like I take it personally? No."
All smiles now, but Jones was dead serious in November, threatening to sue fellow owners over Goodell's deal.
Public and contentious in-fighting ensued sparking reports saying the NFL could be on the brink of a so-called civil war.
"I think the owners were bothered by anything that was a distraction from the league and from the league's business," said Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the chair of the compensation committee. Blank had Jones removed from an ad-hoc post on the committee.
But on this day, all the rancor of the past month was put aside. It was back to business. Jones dropped his efforts to delay Goodell's deal, with fellow owner Jim Irsay saying Jones behaved like, "a true Texas gentleman."
The extension is 90-percent incentive-based, and will probably end with Goodell's retirement in 2024. Jones saved face by ensuring ownership will have oversight, "no layups," Jones said in terms of reaching those incentives.
Owners will also consider changes to the league's constitution.
"As with any organization you have to evolve and you have to make changes," said Jones. "Frankly, that is what this has been about."
And as the day drew to a close, Jones and Goodell exchanged backslaps and a hug. But as Jones spearheads the efforts for ownership to regain some control from the league office, you can't help but question whether there is some kind of power struggle in the offing.
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