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The critics of National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell are only getting louder. Last week Papa John’s Pizza CEO John Schnatter assailed Mr. Goodell for bungling the national anthem protests. “The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” said Mr. Schnatter, whose company is a high-profile sponsor. “Leadership starts at the top, and this is poor leadership. … This should’ve been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”
Meanwhile, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, is trying to block an extension of Mr. Goodell’s contract. The commissioner’s current deal expires at the end of the 2018 season. NFL insiders originally expected the deal to be extended this past summer. Mr. Jones, who owns more than 100 Papa John’s franchises in Texas, has reportedly been rallying support among fellow owners to oust Mr. Goodell.
Asked Friday about Mr. Schnatter’s rebuke of the commissioner, Mr. Jones hailed the pizza tycoon as a “great American.” Speaking on a radio show Tuesday, he was even more explicit about Mr. Goodell. …