Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t expecting a new team in Dallas

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 once again suggested the NFL give the Dallas-Fort Worth area another franchise. Johnson had he had previously pitched the idea of ​​an NFL expansion team coming to townbut this time he had a different idea.

In reaction to news of a Chargers property fight, Johnson issued an open invitation for the Chargers to move to Dallas. He suggested the Cotton Bowl and Hensley Field as potential locations for a training facility or stadium.

We will go ahead and stop here to acknowledge the obvious.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area does not receive another NFL team. For a number of reasons, first of all that the area probably doesn’t want another NFL team. Because he has the Cowboys. Almost the only people who would want another team in Dallas are those whose fortunes are directly tied to the city’s perception of prosperity and growth, such as a local mayor who will be re-elected in 2023.

The NFL wouldn’t want another team in Dallas because they also have the Cowboys, the most valuable team in the league at over $ 1 billion according to Forbes. The league will not want to give up potentially profitable markets to cannibalize its most powerful owner.

Meanwhile, the Chargers are faced with the reality of being the No. 2 in a saturated sports market, a problem you don’t exactly solve by switching to the NFL market that contains the Dallas Cowboy. So you might imagine Dallas is pretty low on their list of favorite destinations should they decide to leave Los Angeles after spending $ 650 million to move there in the first place.

All of this should go without saying to anyone who follows football, yet it has become a topic of discussion for Jones, who said exactly what you’d expect him to say in an interview with the Dallas Morning News:

“Well, I like the mayor,” Jones said The Dallas Morning News. “I like it personally, but it doesn’t have the depth. He doesn’t have the knowledge that others have of how unique Dallas is and how we enjoy interest in the Cowboys. He wouldn’t want to water it down as far as Dallas is concerned if he knows so much and has spent as much time in the sport as I have. “

When asked to confirm that the NFL has no plans to add another team to Dallas, Jones was in the affirmative:

“That’s right,” Jones said. “That’s correct. And you just said it. You can be sure you wouldn’t have the NFL supporting another team because of the kind of value the game and the NFL get from having [the] Dallas Cowboys as one of its main teams and again, logic tells you [the NFL] I wouldn’t want to water it down. “

Those comments were soon relayed to Johnson by the Morning News, leading to another cheer for something that clearly will never happen in the NFL as it is currently built:

After receiving Jones’s thoughts on Wednesday, Mayor Johnson told The News’ Everton Bailey: “I really like Jerry Jones and he has done a great job turning my beloved Cowboys into 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 could definitely support a second team. And as mayor, my job is to grow my city’s economy.

“Having an NFL franchise based and at least training in the city of Dallas would be a big boost to our efforts. I am a huge Cowboys 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 which opinion carries the most weight in the NFL league office.

Jerry Jones probably isn’t sweating the idea that the Cowboys have a local competition. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez / Getty Images)

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