Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has no reason to worry about competing with another team in North Texas, but that won’t stop him from expressing his opinion.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson made headlines earlier this week when he again offered the NFL to give the Dallas-Fort Worth area another franchise. Johnson had previously suggested the idea of an NFL expansion team come to townbut this time he had another idea.
In response to news of a battle for Chargers property, Johnson published an open invitation for Chargers to move to Dallas. He suggested Cotton Bowl and Hensley Field as potential venues for a training facility or stadium.
We will continue and stop here to acknowledge the obvious.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area will not receive another NFL team. For a number of reasons, the first is that the district probably doesn’t want another NFL team. Because there are Cowboys. Almost the only people who would like another team in Dallas are those whose condition is directly linked to the city’s perception of prosperity and growth, as a local mayor who will be re-elected in 2023.
The NFL would not want another team in Dallas because there are the Cowboys, the most valuable team in the league with more than a billion dollars on Forbes. The league will not want to give up potentially lucrative markets to cannibalize its most powerful owner.
Chargers, meanwhile, is facing the reality of being the No. 2 team in the busy sports market, a problem you can’t exactly solve by moving to the NFL-containing market. Dallas Cowboys. So you’d imagine Dallas is pretty low on their list of favorite destinations if they decide to leave Los Angeles after spending $ 650 million to move there.
All of this should be obvious to anyone who watches football, and yet it has become the subject of discussion for Jones, who said exactly what you would expect him to say in an interview with the Dallas Morning News:
“Well, I like the mayor,” Jones said Dallas Morning News. “I like it personally, but there is no depth. He doesn’t have the knowledge that others have about how unique Dallas is and how much we enjoy the Cowboys. He wouldn’t want to dilute it, because it’s about Dallas, if he knew so much and spent as much time in sports as I did.
When asked to confirm that the NFL has no plans to add another team to Dallas, Jones said yes:
“That’s right,” Jones said. “That’s true. And you just said that. You can be sure that you won’t make the NFL support another team because of the kind of value that the game and the NFL get from that. [the] Dallas Cowboys as one of his teams and again, logic tells you [the NFL] I wouldn’t want to dilute that. “
These comments were recently passed on to Johnson by Morning News, which led to a few more applause for something that will obviously never happen in the NFL as it is currently built:
On Wednesday, after Jones’ thoughts were passed on to him, Mayor Johnson told Everton Bailey of The News: “I really like Jerry Jones and he did a great job of making my favorite Cowboys the most valuable sports franchise on the planet. No team will ever dethrone the Cowboys – but that’s not the point. This region loves football and can certainly support a second team. And as mayor, my job is to develop the economy of my city.
“Having an NFL franchise based and at least practiced in Dallas would be a big boost to our efforts. I’m a big Cowboy fan, but I will always fight for my city. “
So the mayor of Dallas wants another NFL team, and the owner of the current Dallas NFL team doesn’t. You can guess whose opinion has more weight in the NFL league office.