The showdown between Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league office and fellow owners over Goodell’s pending five-year contract extension has served to further splinter the sport during a tumultuous season in which divisions already were apparent.
They say they consider it a long shot that Jones will sue the NFL and other owners over Goodell’s contract and an equally long shot that the league and owners will take meaningful disciplinary steps against Jones, the owner of a franchise estimated by Forbes to be worth more than $4 billion.
Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: I can’t give an iron-clad answer. He’s playing at a level to win another MVP, but the Cavs don’t excel in the regular season enough for him to win. So he’s at MVP level in my mind, but he has fallen back in the race unwittingly.
Royce Young, ESPN.com: Fact. LeBron is still the best player in the NBA — though the gap is narrowing — and because of that, the window remains open for him to accomplish either. The catch here is the “in Cleveland” part, which clearly is complicated and unknowable, but as it stands right now, remaining in Cleveland seems like the most likely scenario, so the opportunity for both is still there.
“Nothing is really going right in the NFL right now,” one outsider who deals with both the league office and the players’ side said this week.
There have been concerns over sagging TV viewership and there has been criticism of the quality of play on the field. There have been major injuries to star players such as Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt.
Herring: Fiction. I tend to think that George will get to the Lakers any way he can, unless the Thunder make real noise and show themselves to be competitive in a Western Conference finals series. He’s probably the most vocal under-contract star I’ve ever seen in regard to the idea of potentially playing for a specific team.