Could the NFL force Jerry Jones to sell the Cowboys?

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said the NFL can't leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and that any of his Cowboys making such displays won't play. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

DALLAS (KXAN) — NFL owners are discussing a so-called “nuclear option” when it comes to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — forcing him to sell the team.

NBC Sports contributor Mike Florio of says multiple owners have discussed the possibility after Jones threatened to sue individual owners if they extend NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract. Jones is displeased with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, and how Goodell has handled the recent controversy surrounding player protests of the National Anthem.

NFL bylaws allow the league’s executive committee to force an owner to sell or forfeit his team. It would be an extreme outcome, and Florio says if it happens it could touch off years of lawsuits. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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