Jones has hired lawyer David Boies, now under scrutiny for helping Harvey Weinstein amidst his sexual harassment scandal, according to the New York Times.
While there are plenty of criticisms of Goodell, including questions about television ratings and much of the attention for this season on player anthem protests, it's easy to wonder if Jones is getting back at Goodell for suspending his star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Not directly as a result, as mentioned, Jones has even threatened to block Goodell's plans for an extension.
Jones told the six owners on the league's compensation committee last week that he had hired David Boies, the high-profile lawyer under fire in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case, according to the people, who declined to speak publicly about internal league matters.
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According to ESPN, Goodell made $212.5 million from 2006 through 2015.
Jones also has expressed disapproval with the structure and compensation in the contract extension, another person familiar with the proposed lawsuit says.
Per the ESPN report, someone who "spoke recently with Goodell" said he is "furious" over Jones and "other owners' insistence that his next contract's compensation should be more performance-based" with incentives created to only get him back to "roughly the same level of his current deal". Jones, by the way, owns more than 100 Papa John's franchises.
The move could set up a war between owners, with some backing Jones and others supporting Goodell.
Schefter and Mortensen had also reported in October that Jones was the leading voice of a group of owners who wanted to delay Goodell's contract extension. Jones previously said he believed players should stand for the anthem.