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NFL admits faulty research led to scoreboard issue

NFL Vice President of Operations Ray Anderson admitted the league’s culpability in the Dallas Cowboys scoreboard fiasco Thursday.

He says the league didn’t do an appropriate job researching the minimum height required of the scoreboard to avoid becoming a nuisance.  The league has conducted more comprehensive researched recently.

“Prior to that the research was very inexact,” Anderson told PFT’s Tom Curran and others in New York Thursday.  “It was a guesstimate. And
we as a department, we came to the conclusion that 85 feet was appropriate. That was a
mistake on our part. At the end of the day, there was a lack of
communication. But if we see a rule . . .  that needs tweaking (we must move
on it).”

Some change is coming.  Jerry Jones will move a Mitsubishi ad at the base of the scoreboard by the home opener in an effort to help fix the problem. 

Talking about the scoreboard, Roger Goodell said the “Integrity of game is paramount,” but there were also concerns about engineering and safety.

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  1. st21snyderblows says: Sep 3, 2009 5:28 PM

    I hope that place falls down just like their lame a$$ tents did.

  2. Hap says: Sep 3, 2009 5:29 PM

    See. And everyone is trying to blame Jerry & Co. Just sit back and enjoy the game on state of the art stadium scoreboard/videp screen.

  3. Jackal138 says: Sep 3, 2009 5:33 PM

    Now if only Jerry Jones could admit that faulty research led to those horrible facelifts, we might be able to proceed on some sort of compromise.

  4. Mattmanus says: Sep 3, 2009 5:34 PM

    JUST RAISE THE EF’ing THING AND PUT US OUT OF OUR MISERY! Geez, this isn’t brain science!

  5. Bears123 says: Sep 3, 2009 5:34 PM

    Can you find out how big this Mitsubishi ad is?

  6. HawgNSonsTV says: Sep 3, 2009 5:36 PM

    That would never happen @ Lambeau

  7. Jerry's World says: Sep 3, 2009 5:42 PM

    I love it, Jerry is the man and stuck to his guns on not moving it. In case anyone missed it, Forbes new rankings came out today and the Cowboys top the list of most valued franchise. Just thought I would let you Steeler, Giant, and Philly fans know that.

  8. Florios_a_tool says: Sep 3, 2009 5:42 PM

    “…Talking about the scoreboard, Roger Goodell said the “Integrity of game is paramount,” …”
    It is? Since when?
    I thought caving into Jerryatric was the priority.

  9. fellorio says: Sep 3, 2009 5:44 PM

    Where do I apply for the high pressure job of finding out how high punts travel?
    I’m looking for 120k/Yr with 24 Wks paid vacation and an unlimited credit line to woo potential clients.

  10. Ben Roetlisbunger says: Sep 3, 2009 5:47 PM

    Here’s a novel idea: Play football outside!

  11. test24 says: Sep 3, 2009 5:47 PM

    I’m burnt out on this subject, just move on……Vick, Scoreboard, Favre!
    Let’s get to week 1 already. Preseason burnout in full effect.

  12. WolfgangK says: Sep 3, 2009 5:47 PM

    If engineering and safety are an issue with raising it, I sure feel for any of the suckers going to the U2 concert!!! I can see the headlines now: Jerry Jones Says Not Responsible for Bono’s Death

  13. Levito says: Sep 3, 2009 5:50 PM

    # Jerry’s World says: September 3, 2009 5:42 PM
    I love it, Jerry is the man and stuck to his guns on not moving it. In case anyone missed it, Forbes new rankings came out today and the Cowboys top the list of most valued franchise. Just thought I would let you Steeler, Giant, and Philly fans know that.

  14. Leviathan says: Sep 3, 2009 5:52 PM

    “I hope that place falls down just like their lame a$$ tents did.”
    Stay classy, Dallas haters.

  15. hayward giablommi says: Sep 3, 2009 5:55 PM

    st21snyderblows says:
    I hope that place falls down just like their lame a$$ tents did.
    ^^^^^^^^^
    Classy, considering a relatively young man is now sitting in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

  16. fellorio says: Sep 3, 2009 5:56 PM

    @Jerry’s world
    I’d have a hard on too if the object of my desire was a 167 year old man with michael jackson’s face stapled to his skull. In fact i beat off to Forbes’ new rankings twice this morning.

  17. CapsLockKey says: Sep 3, 2009 6:08 PM

    “In case anyone missed it, Forbes new rankings came out today and the Cowboys top the list of most valued franchise. Just thought I would let you Steeler, Giant, and Philly fans know that.”
    Who cares? The only thing that is relevant to is Jerry Jones’ bank account. Congratulations though on the financial paper championship. Guess that makes up for a decade without a playoff win.

  18. spyboots says: Sep 3, 2009 6:09 PM

    @ Jerry’s World “Just thought I would let you Steeler, Giant, and Philly fans know that.”
    You can HAVE the most “valued” franchise; meanwhile, everyone else is laughing at your scoreboard.
    The rest of us have the most valued FAN BASES.

  19. VoxVeritas says: Sep 3, 2009 6:12 PM

    “Great. Thanks for letting us all know that it’s all about $$ in Dallas. In Pitt., NY, and Philly, we value winning more.”
    hahahahaha

  20. VoxVeritas says: Sep 3, 2009 6:18 PM

    “Congratulations though on the financial paper championship. Guess that makes up for a decade without a playoff win.”
    Doesn’t hurt.

  21. VoxVeritas says: Sep 3, 2009 6:24 PM

    “The rest of us have the most valued FAN BASES.”
    haha, fans that ditch the team for another at the first sign of adversity are not valuable. The Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in well over 10 years but there are still more Cowboys fans than all other fans put together. That’s hardcore loyalty. The numbers don’t lie. You’ll change teams as often as you change your socks but Cowboy fans are Cowboy fans forever.

  22. jimicos says: Sep 3, 2009 6:25 PM

    Jerry’s World says:
    September 3, 2009 5:42 PM
    I love it, Jerry is the man and stuck to his guns on not moving it. In case anyone missed it, Forbes new rankings came out today and the Cowboys top the list of most valued franchise. Just thought I would let you Steeler, Giant, and Philly fans know that.
    —————————–
    Gee, I guess that means they’re going to win the Super Bowl. It’s based on team value, right?
    Right?

  23. jimicos says: Sep 3, 2009 6:27 PM

    That guy out to change his name to “Jerry’s Kid”

  24. Bubona says: Sep 3, 2009 6:30 PM

    Men cant make up their mind where they want the big freakin tv someones gotta complain about something. Its just a show of how much money hes got. Get rid of it.

  25. brewcrewe says: Sep 3, 2009 6:37 PM

    st21snyderblows says:
    “I hope that place falls down just like their lame a$$ tents did.”
    ___________________________________
    wow, I am sometimes amazed at how little some people care about the lives of others. A man with a family lost his ability to walk, and you think it is funny. I bet you are loved and respected by everyone who you come in contact with, because you are such a great human being.

  26. StevieMo says: Sep 3, 2009 6:41 PM

    Why are there so many whiners on this site (like test24) who constantly whine about what is covered or how often it is covered?
    If you feel a story’s been beaten to death, skip over it, dumb ass. Go to the next blurb. Let Florio decide what they want to post on their own goddam site.
    And why in heaven’s name you’d take some of your “valuable” time to write a site to tell them how much or how little they should cover a story, I can’t fathom. Do you really think they give a rat’s patootie about your whining?
    Just scan down the page, dipstick.

  27. CowboyHokie says: Sep 3, 2009 6:46 PM

    The NFL F-ed up here big time. What idiots. Jerry holds all the cards here. Eventually, it will be raised and the NFL will pay for it.

  28. Bill In DC says: Sep 3, 2009 6:54 PM

    So how does that square with the Competition Committee saying the Cowboys got the height requirement from “an old NFL manual from the 1950s”?
    Seems the NFL has an integrity issue here.

  29. mastodon says: Sep 3, 2009 7:00 PM

    Levito whines: “Great. Thanks for letting us all know that it’s all about $$ in Dallas. In Pitt., NY, and Philly, we value winning more.”
    What has philly won Mary? Ever?
    I’ve said it before, most teams can’t hold a candle the success the Cowboys have had as a franchise. Last ten years not so good, but they can’t win all the time. Most of you would die to have your team reach a third of what the ‘Boys have accomplished.
    Jerry built it to code and the NFL even now says, “hey our bad” yet you simpletons still bleed out your twats over the whole thing.
    The Cowboys are more accomplished than your team, worth more than your team and get more pub than your team. JEALOUS much. HAHAHAHA

  30. SF Saints Fan says: Sep 3, 2009 7:12 PM

    The lowest point on the OLD video screen at the Superdome was 90 feet high. Ray Guy hit it back in the 70’s. If 90 feet was not high enough back then why should it be high enough now? The screen in Dallas is at 90 feet. Are all things bigger in Texas? When is a foot not 12 inches? Such as, that there is 12 inches, when it is really only 4. Never mind…….

  31. DrJay61 says: Sep 3, 2009 7:19 PM

    st21snyderblows says:
    September 3, 2009 5:28 PM
    I hope that place falls down just like their
    lame a$$ tents did
    REALLY???? You do realize that some people died in that event and at least one coach was permanently disabled, right? That’s a pretty callous and immature thing to say regardless what you think of the Cowboys.

  32. Twiz says: Sep 3, 2009 7:24 PM

    The way *I* see it, Jerry Jones should have been smart enough to realize that 85 or 90 feet was not gonna cut it and did the research himself……
    Oh wait, research is something Jones knows nothing about, which explains the entire Pacman Jones debacle!
    Nevermind

  33. Florios_a_tool says: Sep 3, 2009 7:31 PM

    “…# DrJay61 says: September 3, 2009 7:19 PM
    REALLY???? You do realize that some people died in that event and at least one coach was permanently disabled, right? That’s a pretty callous and immature thing to say regardless what you think of the Cowboys….”
    Tragic, yes.
    But let’s be clear. The fault for that building collapse rests squarely on Jerry Jones, and the sub-standard non-union scab contractors he hires as do all his work.

  34. Bordner says: Sep 3, 2009 8:30 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    The Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in well over 10 years but there are still more Cowboys fans than all other fans put together. That’s hardcore loyalty. The numbers don’t lie.
    ———————————————
    What “numbers” do you have? I’ve never seen any official “numbers” and anything that I’ve seen related to the topic of fan base usually have the Steelers or the Packers at the top of the list.
    I will give Cowboy fans credit for being the most obnoxious fans in the country, though. With Raiders fans a close 2nd. Congrats on that.

  35. Wonder Kat says: Sep 3, 2009 9:02 PM

    haha, fans that ditch the team for another at the first sign of adversity are not valuable. The Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in well over 10 years but there are still more Cowboys fans than all other fans put together. That’s hardcore loyalty. The numbers don’t lie. You’ll change teams as often as you change your socks but Cowboy fans are Cowboy fans forever.
    So, blind loyalty to a team is something you’re proud of? That’s dumb, even for somebody from Texas.

  36. JimmySmith says: Sep 3, 2009 9:02 PM

    The scoreboard issue can be blamed on faulty research but its karma that made it happen in Jerry’s new stadium.
    At least we don’t have to worry about it being a factor in a playoff game.
    44-6

  37. seomeara says: Sep 3, 2009 9:34 PM

    As an architect I can tell you the Issue is pretty straight forward. Jerry Jones believes that he took the proper avenues by having the NFL rules comittee verify the design. If they are now telling him he needs to change a design they previously approved they are going to have to pay for the change order.

  38. HarrisonHits says: Sep 3, 2009 10:02 PM

    “there were also concerns about engineering and safety”
    Oh please. I know quite a bit about rigging and if they can fly the damn thing at one height, while raising it will change the angles of stress, it is very unlikely that it will do so by enough so that it is not safe.
    If the safety margin was so small at the design height that they couldn’t move it a few feet without damaging the building or having it come down they were criminally negligent in the first place.
    And they are already moving it up for the U2 concert to fit that ungodly ugly beast of a set and moving it back down afterwards. Clearly it is safe at a higher height above the field.

  39. Smush Rodrigez says: Sep 3, 2009 10:13 PM

    Vox is not from Texas and hayward – you should not even talk about class. And it is haywood, not hayward.

  40. CooperManning says: Sep 4, 2009 1:55 AM

    “The scoreboard issue can be blamed on faulty research but its karma that made it happen in Jerry’s new stadium.
    At least we don’t have to worry about it being a factor in a playoff game.
    44-6″
    —————-
    Do you really think “44-6″ is some kind of dagger in the heart of Cowboys fans? Believe me, it doesn’t even come close to ranking in most heartbreaking Cowboys loses of all time.
    I got a score for you. 5-0.

  41. CooperManning says: Sep 4, 2009 2:12 AM

    Can somebody give me a call when the east coast media is finished blowing this story out of proportion?
    “Fiasco?” One punt has hit the thing. One. And we’re talking about a freakin’ punt. Worst case scenario some professional football players have to run down the field again. Yes, NFL punters are capable of hitting it. No, they won’t hit every play or even most plays.
    Jerry Jones can’t build a football team to save his life but he sure as hell can build a stadium. Here in Texas, football is king. We have high school stadiums that put other states’ college stadiums to shame. Give Jones credit, he built a great stadium for one of the NFL’s great franchises. This is the home they deserve. All this pissing and moaning over the video board smells like another case of east coast envy.

  42. Jackal138 says: Sep 4, 2009 2:42 AM

    Don’t forget, Smush, Bill Belichik conducts himself with the utmost class.
    Filming defensive signals? Very, very classy.
    And it’s okay to mock Vick for killing dogs, because the dead dogs don’t matter, but it’s not okay to mock Jerry Jones for paralyzing his employee by his own cheapness and negligence? That’s insulting the poor man!
    I don’t understand the distinction, but then again, I’m not as big of a hypocrite as some of the posters here.

  43. Big ben Rapistburger says: Sep 4, 2009 8:25 AM

    So, what the NFL is saying, is that they couldnt be bothered researching something, that WILL affect the game, because they were too busy trying to punish Belichick for something that might have affected the game…….

  44. hayward giablommi says: Sep 4, 2009 8:42 AM

    “hayward – you should not even talk about class. And it is haywood, not hayward.”
    ^^^^^
    Thanks for the heads up Smush, but it’s actually whatever I want it to be.
    PS- I thought it was Rodriguez, not Rodrigez?

  45. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 4, 2009 8:47 AM

    Let’s see, a lot of people – clueless about football – sitting under an oversized piece of useless technology?
    New Cowboys stadium = District 9!

  46. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 4, 2009 11:53 AM

    “integrity of the game” is obviously NOT paramount, or else there would be a moved video board & not a “do over” rule. :rolleyes:

  47. elynner71 says: Sep 4, 2009 5:38 PM

    A stupid mistake by the NFL.
    Uh, yeah you might want to check with a Head Coach or two before you arbitrarily assign a minimum height for a scoreboard in the middle of the field?

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