Jerry Jones pays $2M in National Football League legal fees

Dak Prescott Jerry Jones

Finally, finally, the Cowboys' long battles with the National Football League over Ezekiel Elliott's 2017 domestic violence suspension and Commissioner Roger Goodell's new contract seem to be coming to an end.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has won the latest tug-of-war with Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

After a Florida hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league's finance committee, Jones resolved the dispute "to the satisfaction of all parties", according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

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Jones is one of the NFL's wealthiest owners and Forbes valued the Cowboys as the No. 1 franchise in all of sports at $4.8 billion.

Jones met with Goodell and the NFL's finance committee Monday to argue that he shouldn't pay because he wasn't an official party to Elliott's lawsuit and that he hadn't unduly interfered with league business as league owners negotiated Goodell's new contract last fall.

Though Goodell wanted to avoid the appearance of seeking retribution against Jones for meddling in his contract negotiations, the commissioner had little choice but to uphold the league's long-standing policy of making sure owners are penalized for taking legal action against the league or other owners. The league made its decision on Jones' appeal today.

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Goodell is signed through 2024, so it possible there will be future friction between he and Jones before all is said and done, This could be expedited with the current CBA expiring after the 2020 season.

The Cowboys also added their name to court filings by the NFL Players Association, which went to court to try to overturn Elliott's suspension.

The NFL released a statement Wednesday saying that the matter was resolved but did not disclose any details regarding a financial settlement.

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