The Dallas-Fort Worth area isn’t just home to a football team. It’s the home of America’s Team. The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable franchise in the NFL. From ticket sales to merchandise purchased to television ratings, the Cowboys have always been at the top of the list. AT&T Stadium is one of the most expensive venues in the league and it has had the largest crowd attend a United States football game with 105,121 people on its opening day.
However, all of these facts about the city’s current football team don’t seem to be enough for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. The third-year mayor has decided to take a stance on something outside of politics. On Twitter, he responded to a tweet by NFL on CBS asking the world what city most deserves an NFL expansion team. The 60th mayor of Dallas said it should be his very own city.
He continued his argument in a series of tweets and had this to say about his idea:
“We are about to pass the Chicago metro and become the #3 metro in the US, which would make us the largest US metro WITHOUT 2 teams. Football is king here. Dallas needs an expansion team and we would be able to sustain 2. So, if a deal can be made that benefits the NFL, the other owners, the City of Dallas, and possibly the Cowboys, it’s a no brainer. But here’s the rub: if it benefits all of the stakeholders I just mentioned except Jerry Jones, does that mean a deal couldn’t/shouldn’t happen? I’m not so sure and it’s my job as mayor to ask these types of questions when my city and its residents stands to benefit. I’m both a sports fan and a lover of Dallas. If LA and NY can both support a NFC and an AFC team, then Dallas, the capital of football, surely can!”
Notice below how the mayor tags a stab at Los Angeles and New York by saying that his city could sustain two NFL teams better than those cities. However, bringing up LA and NY does prove that this has been done before for large and popular metropolitan cities.
Eric Johnson, Mayor of Dallas, wants to add another NFL team besides the Cowboys to the city
Johnson argued that this new Dallas team he’s thinking of would theoretically be an AFC team. That way Texas fans could live in a fantasy world and see two Dallas teams play against each other in a Super Bowl. To be fair, the two New York teams and Los Angeles teams are both split between NFC and AFC.
Then, the mayor completely hopped off the path of an expansion team and decided to suggest two current teams that should be moved to Dallas rather than creating a new team. Johnson believed that the Los Angeles Chargers or Jacksonville Jaguars would be perfect candidates for Dallas or Frisco team. We don’t think the Chargers or Jaguars were looking for relocations anytime soon.
The one thing stopping Johnson? Jerry Jones. According to CBS Sports, the Cowboys owner has the jurisdiction to approve or deny any new NFL team that would come to the Dallas or Frisco areas. Given all that Jones and his family have put into this team, it’s hard to imagine him welcoming in a competing franchise with open arms.
“So far the main reason I hear for why this can’t happen is because of Jerry Jones. Well, first, let’s not put words in Mr. Jones’s mouth. Second, I work for the residents of Dallas, not Jerry Jones. Third, other NFL team owners also do not work for Jerry Jones, but themselves. Jerry Jones owns the crown jewel of the NFL…I don’t think the Lakers or Yankees are bothered one bit by the existence of the Clippers or Mets. Cowboys are a stronger brand with a more global fan base than either of these two. You’re underestimating Jerry Jones AND DALLAS!”
As of right now, all of this is just a whimsical fantasy for the mayor. Nothing has happened and it’s unlikely that something will happen in the future. It’s hard to imagine another team within Dallas competing with the Cowboys.