NFL owners committee says Roger Goodell contract talks are ‘progressing’

The NFL’s Compensation Committee is continuing to move forward with a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell, despite reported efforts — and threats — by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement Monday.

Blank’s statement (via SportsBusiness Journal), on behalf of the committee tasked with negotiating the extension with Goodell:

However, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart denied that Goodell had submitted a written counterproposal, adding that there have been ongoing meetings and calls ahead of a reported conference call Monday involving the Compensation Committee.

“Someone on our team talked with him,” Walton said after the Lakers’ practice Saturday, without disclosing who it was. “It’s all part of the learning process.”

When asked to reveal who spoke to Ball, Walton said, “That’s a locker room thing, unless they want to share it. What our players talk about behind the doors I’m not going to repeat to the media.”

“I just try to get in there and break it up,” the 7-foot Lopez added. “I’ll just try to get in the middle of it. If someone throws a punch, maybe it’ll hit me. I can take it. Unlike [my twin brother] Robin, probably.”

Walton was not concerned with how some on the internet were critical of Ball walking away from the scuffle.

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