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Jerry Jones resolves reimbursement squabble with NFL

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Kristopher Love | 08 March, 2018, 03:28

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.

The NFL Commissioner won his most recent battle with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was determined on Wednesday to reimburse the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees stemming from his role in the Ezekiel Elliott legal battle and Goodell's contract negotiations, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. On Wednesday, the National Football League released a statement saying the matter has been resolved.

Jones met with Goodell on Monday in Florida to appeal Goodell's ruling, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reported.

The NFL and Jerry Jones reportedly resolved their dispute "to the satisfaction of all parties", but it certainly seems like a loss for Jones.

Despite appealing to Goodell for leniency, Jones will have to pay a significant portion of the league's legal fees, which paid for lawyers to defend six owners that Jones had threatened to sue. Jones denied that his attempt to scuttle the contract was tied to Elliott's suspension, but made repeated references to Goodell's power to punish players.

The NFL Finance Committee and other owners supported the reimbursement.

Jones threatened to sue the league to block Goodell's contract extension in the middle of the season past year, but never filed suit. Jones and the Cowboys stated that they were merely "observers" throughout despite Jones' outspokenness.