Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hopes to host another Super Bowl. (The next one preferably will come without a midweek ice storm — and with enough seats to match the tickets sold.) But Jones may refrain from making a bid if it means losing a home game to London.
Or, more accurately, Jones possibly will make a bid that specifically excludes the new requirement to give up a future home game.
“That will put a difficult caveat to our bid,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Ft. Worth on Friday, via Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com. “We probably will make a bid. They tell you what they want in a bid, but you can make a bid without what they want in a bid. So when you say, ‘They’re not going to give it to you.’ The owners still get to vote. That’s pretty much limiting, and our home games are so important to us. At this time, I’m not for sure how we’ll handle a bid; we’ll make a bid for a Super Bowl in the future. But that’s a head-scratcher if I would do it at a cost of a home game.”
Earlier this month, NFL owners voted to adopt a rule requiring any team that hosts a Super Bowl to give up a home game for London. It took 24 owners to adopt that rule, and it presumably would take 24 owners to undo it.
Jones seems to think that a lower number could secure him an exception, if more than half of the owners eventually select his bid over one that commits to playing a home game in London. This assumes that Jones’ bid would even make it to a formal vote, if his bid attempts to foist onto the process a mandatory term that the league intends to apply to all Super Bowl host cities.
If that works for Jones, then the solution for all other host cities will be simple — add the same caveat to your bid, and no one will ever have to lose a home game in order to win the right to host a Super Bowl.