The Wall Street Journal: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones backs off threat to sue NFL

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said late Tuesday that he is “standing down” from his threats of litigation against the NFL, even as he stepped up his criticism of commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Amid simmering tensions over Goodell’s contract extension, Jones wrote that he believes the league’s compensation committee is receiving “valuable feedback from a number of owners” and is subsequently withdrawing his threatened legal action over approving the deal.

After acknowledging “I know you are tired of hearing from me,” Jones said that he believes the commissioner’s performance “cannot be rewarded at this time.”

“Our job is far from finished,” he said, adding that he is trying to prevent further damage beyond what has transpired since May, when the league’s owners unanimously approved an extension for Goodell. Jones cited declines in television ratings for NFL games, lower ticket sales and attendance, discontent among fans, and high-profile litigation over player suspensions, among other problems related to Goodell’s leadership. He also noted “inflated” league staff and budget in his Tuesday letter. In addition, he argued he isn’t “acting out in retaliation for my player’s suspension,” a reference to Goodell’s high-profile suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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