Jerry Jones: I didn’t spend $1.2 billion on a stadium not to have football

AP

There’s been plenty of talk that NFL players will need the lockout to end because they need income to keep up with their extravagant spending. But owners who have spent extravagantly on their stadiums need income, too.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones acknowledged as much, saying that with the enormous cost of his enormous new stadium he doesn’t want to miss any games.

“I expressed the incentive plan that I’m on and the Cowboys are on in this way,” Jones said. “I didn’t spend $1.2 billion to build a stadium and not have the Cowboys playing football in it this year.”

Jones said that so far, there hasn’t been any lost income in terms of advance sales for the 2011 season because fans still believe there will be a full 2011 season.

“In general, the response of our ticket holders, the response of our suite holders, the response of all of our constituencies have been they have been and are expecting us to play football and they’re counting on us to get it worked out so we don’t miss any playing time,” Jones said.

But if the NFL does miss some playing time, Jones won’t be happy about his $1.2 billion stadium sitting empty.

70 responses to “Jerry Jones: I didn’t spend $1.2 billion on a stadium not to have football

  1. I see cannot understand why they are not meeting now instead of waiting for the court ruling. The lawyers are running this thing and they have made a mess of it.

  2. C’mon Jerry, there are always ways to make a buck with your stadium, like…

    Soccer
    Field Hockey
    Boxing
    Easter Egg Hunts
    Giant Barbeques for local residents
    Garage Sales (can be coupled with the barbeques)

    If all of that fails, Christians vs. Lions has always been a crowd favorite.

    Just think out of the box Jerry!

  3. I think Jones is the chief of “I’m not making enough money with the current deal so we need to back out of it”. What a jackass ! Jerry Jones has taken more from this league than he will ever give. That’s why his me me me mentality caught up to him very quickly once he disposed of his knowledgeable football people. So suck it Jones !!!!

  4. Interesting to hear this from the owner who represents the conservative, greedy and stubborn part of the owners the most.

  5. Here’s a great way to split 9 billion dollars. 33% to players, 33% to owners, and 34% to new stadiums and road upgrades. That way, we wont need anymore taxpayer money for stadiums and we can stop reading all the stupid post about Vikings new stadium!!! Hey vikings front office!!, if the city you play in builds a baseball stadium a college stadium and tells you that your right behind fixing city run bathrooms, maybe it’s time to move!!!!

  6. What a bunch of Crap . He didn’t spend his money . He spent the tax payers money in the Dallas Fort worth’s Money

  7. Hey Jerry, if there isn’t football, can I come over and play some Call of Duty on your sweet TV?

  8. Well Jerry…THEN GET IT WORKED OUT ALREADY. Why are you whining to us ?…we can’t help you.

  9. “There’s been plenty of talk that NFL players will need the lockout to end because they need income to keep up with their extravagant spending. ” i need a raise because the price of gas is thru the roof and my daughter needs formula! F them and their “extravagant spending.” this whole thing is really turning me off to football, at least we got college, peaople that actually care about playing. THE U! go fins?

  10. Owning an NFL team would be a *GREAT* business if it weren’t for the players!

    Right, Jerry?!

  11. shian11 says:
    May 19, 2011 7:48 AM
    Here’s a great way to split 9 billion dollars. 33% to players, 33% to owners, and 34% to new stadiums and road upgrades. That way, we wont need anymore taxpayer money for stadiums and we can stop reading all the stupid post about Vikings new stadium!!! Hey vikings front office!!, if the city you play in builds a baseball stadium a college stadium and tells you that your right behind fixing city run bathrooms, maybe it’s time to move!!!!

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    As a Viking fan, I’ve been saying this for years. If they can support you move, I’ll support you whereever you go.

  12. i hope his stadium and all the other stadiums sit empty this year. im one fan that nfl lost to hell with them . roger goodell is forever going to change the game of football. and the new game will be nothing but a glorified two hand touch game and i wont be paying for that kind of crap

  13. Now, that’s a funny thing for Jones to say, because as it happens, he doesn’t actually own Cowboys Stadium. The city of Arlington does. And Jones didn’t spend a billion dollars to build it. Arlington taxpayers passed a bond issue and wrote him a check for $325 million. City sales tax increased by one-half a percent, the hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent, and car rental tax by 5 percent, all of which may hurt the local economy. Jones is merely a tenant, with a lease.

  14. So… ummm…?

    Whats the big deal about the billion that the players want?…

    Jerry Spent more than a billion on his stadium alone…

    This whole argument is going to cost the NFL a lot of fans, and that is where Jerry will lose his money.

  15. Just like the people who bought Super Bowl tickets in your future tomb didn’t buy them NOT to have a seat. Huh Jerry?

  16. “What a bunch of Crap . He didn’t spend his money . He spent the tax payers money in the Dallas Fort worth’s Money”

    Very true. I suspect he didn’t even use his own money to buy the dirtbag politicians who routinely lick his hand.

    Socialism for the wealthy… get used to it.

  17. OR he could say…

    “I spent 1.2 Billion dollars on a stadium, I can’t afford to take less than 60% of the ‘pie’.”…thus removing the optimism from his original statements.

    – Debbie Downer

  18. @juddgr…Jerry spent 750 million of HIS money on the stadium. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a stupid post, right? If you think that’s still a bad deal for the city of Arlington, let’s put it this way: I’ll build you a million dollar home if you’ll pay $300,000. I think I might jump on that deal in a minute.

  19. “I didn’t spend $1.2 billion to build a stadium and not have the Cowboys playing football in it this year… I spent $1.2 billion to build a stadium and have the Cowboys play HORRIBLE football. Huge differance.”

  20. If there are no games in 2011 does that make Jerry Jones “All Hat and No Cattle?”

    I predict that Jones and Snyder will be the first two owners to go bankrupt…they are both Dez Bryant with “expensive tastes.”

  21. Jerry payed 2/3 of the bill for the new stadium with his own money! At least he is not cutting staff or staff pay during the lockout like some owners.

  22. gorilladunk says:
    May 19, 2011 9:06 AM
    @juddgr…Jerry spent 750 million of HIS money on the stadium. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a stupid post, right? If you think that’s still a bad deal for the city of Arlington, let’s put it this way: I’ll build you a million dollar home if you’ll pay $300,000. I think I might jump on that deal in a minute.
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    I will take your figure as fact…which then begs the question why did he BS and say HE spent 1.2 billion? Why not just give the real figure? Your analogy of Arlington having a million dollar home with an investment of 300K glosses over the fact that when one pays for/takes a mortgage for a home, one has unlimited personal use of it. Can any of the taxpayers at any time feel free to stride through the stadium for free? No? They have to pay for a tour, right? Maybe I should charge the bank to tour my home when I ask for an appraisal…instead of the other way around.

    I HATE taxpayer funding of private buildings…HATE IT…ESPECIALLY when it isn’t voted upon by those taxpayers. If the people of Arlington voted in favor of all those taxes, then fine, they made the decision to subsidize it.

  23. Oh forgot to add…I think all the tax breaks companies get to build in certain places should be ENOUGH of a subsidy to make them happy. I’m not against an owner wanting tax money voted to him/her to help with infrasctucture (roads and the like) since all the public will be able to use and/or benefit from those.

  24. He can’t shake down his “partners”, the small market team owners, and he can’t stand revenue sharing, which has made the NFL the most popular and profitable sport ever, so where does he turn to steal more money? From the players, of course. This ridiculous fight is a metaphor for what’s gone on in this country for the past 30 years. I’ve given up trying to figure out how much is enough for these rapacious bastards, because the truth is there will never be enough for his ilk.

  25. “let’s put it this way: I’ll build you a million dollar home if you’ll pay $300,000.”

    Done deal. I can have a treasurer’s check ready on Monday, gorilla. When can you have your $700K ready? Wait, don’t tell me, it’s just a moronic post by a Boys fan who prays at the altar of Jerruh and doesn’t understand sales tax costs him money everytime he makes a purchase. Damn. For a second there, I thought I was going to have me a nice second home.

  26. DUDES ,

    no matter what you think the owners will loose more $$ the longer this lockout proceeds.
    sure a few asses will miss some mortgage payments on their diamond teeth and bentleys but for the most part these players are sured up.

    the owners on the other hand will be liable for losses to the employees of the teams and stadiums as well as tax implications they insue.

    The longer this lock out continues the more power the players have. ESPECIALLY because this lockout is a result of the owners not accepting similiar terms as the last deal..

    stay strong

  27. Hate to burst the imaginary bubbles but…

    Jerry owns the stadium. He does not rent it.

    The city of Arlington contributed 325 million to the construction, but the total cost was 1.15 billion. Jerry paid BY FAR the most out of his own pocket. -over 800 million. Part of that is a 150 million loan.

    Also, the only reason Jerry was sued about the seats in the Super Bowl is because he owns the stadium. He was NOT sued because he was in charge of installing the temporary seating. The NFL takes over all stadium operations a month before a Super Bowl. It was the League who didn’t get it done.

  28. “I didn’t spend $1.2 billion to build a stadium”

    Because YOU didn’t spend it Jerry. YOU didn’t even spend half of that. The PEOPLE of Dallas spent more.

  29. You spent a billion dollars on a building. Its sort of hard to say the players make too much when you have a billion dollars to spend on a building.

  30. Next time use some of that money on snow removal equipment and upgrades to seating so that fans aren’t forced to watch from a neighborhood bar.

  31. I wish these ‘OWNERS’ would understand one thing.

    They did not spend their own money on the stadium, in ALMOST ALL CASES these days they are RELYING on TAXPAYERS to foot the bill.

    THE TAXPAYERS OWN THESE STADIUMS, and there is no way around that.

    These so called owners don’t own anything these days, other than the cash flow of TV RIGHTS so they can pay payroll and fill these stadiums… um 8 times per year.

    WHAT A JOKE

  32. Now, that’s a funny thing for Jones to say, because as it happens, he doesn’t actually own Cowboys Stadium. The city of Arlington does. And Jones didn’t spend a billion dollars to build it. Arlington taxpayers passed a bond issue and wrote him a check for $325 million. City sales tax increased by one-half a percent, the hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent, and car rental tax by 5 percent, all of which may hurt the local economy. Jones is merely a tenant, with a lease.

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    Not many owners would spend upwards of $800 million to build a stadium that they don’t even own. I’m pretty sure the Cowboys games, not to mention the Super Bowl, are bringing in more to the local economy than those tax increases are taking out of it. Especially considering the fact that the locals aren’t the ones renting hotel rooms and cars. You must have been absent the day your school discussed economics.

  33. Because YOU didn’t spend it Jerry. YOU didn’t even spend half of that. The PEOPLE of Dallas spent more.

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    The stadium’s not even in Dallas! Read and inform yourself, please!

  34. Hate to burst the imaginary bubbles but…

    Jerry owns the stadium. He does not rent it.

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    The city of Arlington owns the stadium. You can find the lease agreement online.

  35. I will take your figure as fact…which then begs the question why did he BS and say HE spent 1.2 billion?

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    Because HE is the one that actually spent the money. As in, decided how it would be used.

  36. These so called owners don’t own anything these days, other than the cash flow of TV RIGHTS so they can pay payroll and fill these stadiums… um 8 times per year.

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    Cowboys stadium is being used a lot more than that. There are a couple of Gold Cup soccer games being played there next month if you’re interested.

  37. The fact is, he didn’t spend 1.2 billion but in his mind he did… Great ego on display there.

    Owners like Jerry Jones, Dan Synder… Everything that is wrong about this league. Enjoy watching your underachieving team get smoked on your your over sized scoreboard. yawn.

  38. Done deal. I can have a treasurer’s check ready on Monday, gorilla. When can you have your $700K ready? Wait, don’t tell me, it’s just a moronic post by a Boys fan who prays at the altar of Jerruh and doesn’t understand sales tax costs him money everytime he makes a purchase.

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    Ya, a half-cent on the dollar for a city of 360,000. Obviously a bad deal for the good people of Arlington!

  39. As others have pointed out, the more accurate line for Jones is “I didn’t spend $1.2 billion on a stadium.” It’s that kind of BS’ing that makes it impossible to buy Jones’s implication that he wants to negotiate a new deal.

    Since coming into the league, Jones has been the primary figure behind trying to destroy the league’s antitrust exemptions and revenue-sharing structure. He’d be just as happy if no deal were done and this thing went all the way in court. Since he’s one of the guys who bid player salaries into orbit, he’d be fine with killing the draft and going to a straight-up best-player-to-highest-bidder model. And he’s made clear that he doesn’t want to share revenues with smaller-market teams. Let them die off. A 12-team league would make it easier for the Cowboys to win more Super Bowls.

  40. Jerry Jones 825 million > Arlington 325 million

    As the above math equation demonstrates, Jerruh actually DID pay MORE than half.

    But I WAS wrong earlier. Actually despite paying more than the City and despite what I earlier read about the stadium, the City of Arlington does indeed own it. Jerruh pays 2 million a year in rent.

    My apologies on that one. Carry on!

  41. Melonhead,

    you might be the biggest retard here…

    The sales tax was levied to all of Tarrant and Dallas counties, with little Arlington enjoying the benefit –

    Get a CLUE dude

  42. Deb, there are numerous owners that are against helping the lower market teams. Not saying it’s right just saying. A 12 team league would be easier for any of the 12 teams left to win a Super Bowl.

  43. Since coming into the league, Jones has been the primary figure behind trying to destroy the league’s antitrust exemptions and revenue-sharing structure. He’d be just as happy if no deal were done and this thing went all the way in court. Since he’s one of the guys who bid player salaries into orbit, he’d be fine with killing the draft and going to a straight-up best-player-to-highest-bidder model. And he’s made clear that he doesn’t want to share revenues with smaller-market teams. Let them die off. A 12-team league would make it easier for the Cowboys to win more Super Bowls.

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    You’ll never find a quote from Jones about doing away with revenue sharing. He’s always talked of expanding revenue… not asking for a bigger slice of the pie, but for a slice of a bigger pie. Jones’ problem isn’t revenue sharing, it’s the pool above and beyond shared revenue that’s set up for lower-revenue teams that is paid for by the higher-revenue teams that he has a problem with. Why should Mike Brown and Ralph Wilson be subsidized when they clearly don’t even attempt to maximize their revenue while the Cowboys and Packers (for instance) spend a lot of time, money and effort marketing their brands? It’s not like Wilson and Brown are going to put that money into their teams in the first place. No team owner is losing money, this is a case of some owners wanting to profit off of the hard work of other owners.

    I realize that some people need a demon to rail against while this labor crap is going on but at least try to get in the ballpark with the criticisms.

  44. The sales tax was levied to all of Tarrant and Dallas counties, with little Arlington enjoying the benefit –

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    Nope, just Arlington. The city of Arlington does not have the power to vote on tax increases to other cities, much less other counties.

  45. @metalup666 …

    True. I don’t mean to imply Jones is alone in that thinking. This is a battle between two owner factions. To be honest, I mention Jones a lot because I know where he stands and I’m not sure where all the other individual owners come down on this issue. In fairness, I don’t believe he’s being driven by a desire to create a league where the Cowboys could more easily compete. Whichever side they’re on, the owners are driven by their business and economic interests.

    But I don’t want to lose the small-market teams that are so much a part of the game’s history or for player signings to be the result of bidding wars. So I’m vehemently opposed to doing things Jerry’s way.

  46. @ Deb

    You’re a little off base with your claim that Jerry was the one who “bid players salaries into orbit”. Jones was actually one of the owners who went to the commisioner when the 49ers started paying the big signing bonuses to players who were never going to see the end of their contracts. Jones and some other owners argued that this violated the spirit of the salary cap. When the NFL front office sided with the 49ers, Jerry’s course of action was laid out. When you know what the rules are, you have to play by them.

    Jerry has worked tirelessly to promote both the NFL brand in general and his brand in particular. How hard has Mike Brown worked? How hard has Bill Bidwell worked? How hard has Ralph Wilson worked? How many of you would gladly work as hard as Jerry does and then, just as gladly give money to guys who didn’t hit a lick?

  47. Yes Jerry, but you do have the best TV in all of Dallas for your fans to come to your games and watch the games on T.V……wait a minute….How much do people pay to watch the game on tv in the uppper deck?

  48. 1bigtex …

    Never said Jerry didn’t have a good argument–only that I don’t support it 🙂 I’m no fonder of Brown and Bidwell than anyone else is. But it’s not like Jerry hasn’t prospered from his investment. For those who’ve had their teams a while, as Jerry has, the teams are worth considerably more than they paid for them. The current business model has proved profitable for the owners, so why blow it to smithereens? They should be able to find a better compromise. And I believe they have made attempts to accommodate Jones’s faction through the years. None of the stadium revenues are shared, so anything he brings in from Jerrah’s World will be his, based on his deal with the community.

  49. Actually Jerry Jones doesnt own the stadium . Its owned by Arlington County . Hell Jerry didnt put one dollar of his own money into the stadium . He got 150 mil from the NFL , he got 380 mil from Arlington Co and i the rest was loans . What is it talking about ?

  50. @steeltownpride

    I started to respond to your post by pointing out your ignorance. Your writing illustrates that more eloquently than I ever could. Congratulations for proclaiming yourself a moron and proving it all in the space of 5 short sentences. Bravo, well done!

  51. eatingwings says: May 19, 2011 9:33 AM

    “Jerry payed 2/3 of the bill for the new stadium with his own money! At least he is not cutting staff or staff pay during the lockout like some owners.”

    Probably because there are minimum wage laws in Texas…

  52. Hey 1bigtex . Go to washingtonpost.com and check out Sally jenkins . She is the one who said it . I was just relaying her message . Or go to ESPN980.com and listen to Tony Kornheisers show post for 19th she also said it on his show .

  53. @steeltownpride

    There is no Arlington County in Texas. There is Archer, Aransas, and Armstrong, but not Arlington. There is the City of Arlington. It is the seventh largest city in Texas. Arlington is in both Tarrant and Dallas counties. All this information, except Arlington’s size, was posted earlier in the responses. You didn’t need to read the Post or listen to some blowhard such as Kornheiser to learn it. The City of Arlington reinstated an expiring sales tax that had been used to build the Ballpark at Arlington to raise their part of the cost. If Sally Jenkins or Tony Kornheiser are saying that Jerry Jones did not spend as much as a dollar of his own money, may I suggest that to be a classic example of “hyperbole”. I don’t, for one minute, believe that Jerry Jones wrote a check for a billion dollars. Most people with his level of fortune have the majority of their money tied up in wealth. He was responsible for paying for a majority of the stadium. It doesn’t matter if he sold band candy or T shirts or held some kind of benefit BarBQ/silent auction or, perhaps, got the money on easy weekly installments from some guy whose middle name is “The” . He had to raise lots and lots of money. It would be the same thing if you went to your local Ford dealer and used your trade-in and a rebate to get into a new truck. It might not have cost you any money out of your pocket to drive it off the lot, but you still have to figure out how to make the payments.

    I do find it interesting that Jerry Jones and the seventh largest city in Texas are able to build what is probably the finest sports facility in the country, while apparently, the whole State of Minnesota cannot figure out how to build as much as an outhouse.

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