Jerry Jones douses Dallas mayor’s desire for a second NFL team

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Dallas isn’t getting an NFL expansion team, but that hasn’t stopped the city’s mayor from campaigning for one. Eric Johnson recently tweeted his desire for a team other than the Cowboys to play in his city. The Cowboys play in nearby Arlington.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doused Johnson’s idea Wednesday.

“Well, I like the mayor,” Jones told Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News. “I like him personally, but he doesn’t have the depth. He doesn’t have the knowledge that others have regarding how unique Dallas is and how we enjoy the interest in the Cowboys. He wouldn’t want to water that down as it relates to Dallas if he knew as much, and has spent as much time in sports as I have.”

Even San Antonio, which is 277 miles from AT&T Stadium, would face pushback from Jones if it tried to lure a team to town. So it’s a given the Cowboys would veto any move by any team or potential owner to breach their territorial rights.

Jones said to forget about Johnson’s spitballing: The Cowboys will remain as the NFL’s only franchise in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“That’s correct,” Jones said. “That is correct. . . . You can be rest assured that you would not have the NFL supporting another team because of the kind of value that the game and the NFL receives of having [the] Dallas Cowboys as one of its marquee teams and again, logic tells you [the NFL] wouldn’t want to water that down.”

The Cowboys are the most valuable franchise in professional sports at $6.5 billion, according to Forbes estimates.

18 responses to “Jerry Jones douses Dallas mayor’s desire for a second NFL team

  1. Hard to break into that market. Just because there are a bunch of football fans in the state doesn’t mean they will break loyalty. The towns that have 2 teams always had them. Be just as hard to break into a big market like Chicago too.

  2. So it’s not even a question of if DFW could support another team. It simply comes down to Jerry wanting it all for himself.

    This should also quiet the people who always point to L.A. & NYC and wonder why Texas won’t get another team.
    Jerrah won’t let it happen.

  3. It’s completely ridiculous the Austin / central Texas area does have an NFL team. We ABSOLUTELY need a 3rd NFL team in Texas…in Austin Texas.

  4. How would Mr. Jones feel if was to venture into another business and the people he would be competing with told him to go pound sand.

  5. No one needs a third team, you have TV.
    Its better that other states have one team.

  6. Chicago couldn’t support 2 teams. LA has 2 team, but if it wasn’t for visiting fans, the stadiums Would be half full. You have to not oversaturate the market.

  7. They really need another team because Jerry cannot produce a super bowl.

  8. The weather this weekend in Dallas will be just like the Cowboys – peaking in the 90’s.

  9. It’s funny to see fans clamor that their state needs a 2nd or even 3rd team because their own big city doesn’t have one, but more than half the states in the US don’t even have one.

  10. The best response would have been: Y’all go ahead, but they ain’t playing in my house!

  11. The funny thing is if Dallas got an expansion team (let’s call them the Betos) and the Betos won more games than the Cowboys in year 2, it would be a Betos town in no time. Jerry knows that. Half their stands are filled with fans from the other team. Unless it’s the Cardinals, then no one cares.

  12. Not a fan of Jerruh at all but as a taxpaying citizen of Austin, I’m all for him getting his way on this one. No more taxpayer supported stadiums for me. People are moving here in droves already and we don’t have the infrastructure to support this city well as is. Someone mentioned it earlier, you’d have a hard time drawing the fans away from the Cowboys, the Oilers and now the Texans haven’t been able to do that even though Houston is 40 miles closer to Austin than Dallas is. Another entity that might object is the University of Texas, they pack ‘‘em in for just about every home game here so an NFL team would have to compete with them as well. 100,000 seats in there or close to it.

  13. “I like him personally, but he doesn’t have the depth.” Ouch! Why not just say to the mayor, “Stick to cutting the ribbon at supermarket openings, Junior.” No chance of a second DFW team, and Jerry would push back hard against expansion/relocation to Austin (195 miles), San Antonio (277 miles), or OKC (206 miles).

  14. If and only if the owners could own more than one team, I bet Jerry would not veto the idea then.

  15. Texas is bigger than a majority of other COUNTRIES! If San Antonio wants a team I think you would still be ok Jerrah.

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