View Full Version : Sources: Jones fined at least $100K

09-13-2009, 11:53 AM
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made a comment about revenue sharing and now he's sharing his revenue with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jones has been fined at least $100,000 for violating a gag order on labor issues last week, according to league sources.

Jones stated on Sept. 4 that revenue sharing is "on its way out," while doing a media interview originally intended to support Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's quest for a new stadium.

Revenue sharing is considered a critical component of the NFL's pending collective bargaining talks since the owners exercised an option in May 2008 to terminate the deal after the 2010 season.

The union has maintained that the owners' biggest issue is amongst themselves because of the revenue sharing model and Jones' comments seemingly emboldened that position.

Goodell had issued a gag order for all owners and team executives from discussing any aspect of the pending labor issues. Jones crossed the line, drawing a "six-figure" fine, sources said, as the commissioner distributed a memo Friday to all 32 owners, along with a reminder that the gag order remains in effect. Goodell did not disclose the specific amount of Jones' fine in the memo.

A league spokesman declined to confirm or deny the fine, labeling such an issue as an "internal matter."

Jones didn't apologize for his comments in a statement released Sunday.

"If my comments in Minnesota were viewed as being over the line, then so be it," he said. "The comments were made in an effort to assist a fellow NFL owner and his team's pursuit of bringing a new stadium to the fans of the Twin Cities. Having just completed the process of stadium construction, and knowing how much it means to an NFL market, this is something that I would do for any of my ownership partners. It just goes to show how intertwined labor issues are with the construction of new stadiums -- from a positive perspective."


09-13-2009, 05:17 PM
Christ I hope revenue sharing doesn't go out the door. I think there might be a fair case made for those people who visit opposing stadiums and add to local economies IMO. One step closer to something that looks like the crap that is MLB. A handful of teams consistently at the top and a lot persistent bottom dwelling teams.

The statement on stadiums is crazy too. Must be hard to be an NFL owner, hold cities up for paying half the expenses of a new stadium but garner ALL the profit derived from them.

09-13-2009, 05:18 PM
A revolutionary way of sharing revenue: getting fined for talking about sharing revenue.

09-13-2009, 05:19 PM
That was an expensive interview there Jerry!