Following a speech given by President Donald Trump during which he attacked NFL players who chose to disrespect the flag, more protesters than ever knelt, raised their fists, and even stayed in the locker room during the national anthem.
But the NFL received plenty of backlash resulting in a crash in ratings, drop in ticket sales, and ultimately thousands of fans have abandoned the league. IJR reported just over a week ago that the NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell's still has yet to be extended.
But now, it is being revealed that team owners may be the cause of this. ESPN is reporting that a conference call took place on Thursday, which discussed Roger Goodell's contract. During this call, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones led the call in a direction of halting the contract.
There is a growing difference of opinion among owners on Goodell's overall performance as commissioner, according to sources. The owners on Thursday's conference call are generally unhappy with Goodell and the NFL's front office for a variety of reasons, including the player protests staged during the national anthem, the issues regarding the relocation of teams to Los Angeles and the league's handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, according to sources.
One owner even said, “You don't get to have this many messes over the years like Roger has had and survive it.” Another owner said:
“Everyone [in the league office] is trying to win the latest news cycle, and there's no long-term vision. It's just, 'How can we minimize the bad headlines, maximize the revenue, and move on to the next day?' And there's an increasing frustration to that approach.”
During this call, Texans owner Bob McNair got so frustrated that he referred to players that protested as “inmates” and has since received backlash from his players.
To approve Goodell's firing, the NFL would need the vote of 24 out of the 32 owners.