Dallas Mayor Johnson wants NFL 2nd team with Cowboys


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This part of Texas is almost big enough for a second professional football team.

But either fort worth or Dallas should probably beat frisco for that.

dallas Mayor Eric Johnson reignited a flame in his town last week that has been cold for 50 years. On Twitter, he told the NFL South Dallas deserved a team with the Dallas Cowboys.

Then he doubled down on Frisco, saying Dallas won’t “allow” teams out of town “to use our name.”

“So if the NFL wants the Frisco Chargers or the Frisco jaguars to be their next expansion team is their calling,” he wrote.

First, let’s remember who really decides if another football team lands here.

That would be Jerry Jones, or whoever owns the Dallas Cowboys, their Frisco headquarters and regional market rights.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shows off the Dallas crest on SMU jerseys and helmet. twitter.com/DallasMayor

Jones is highly unlikely to host an AFC team until AT&T Stadium in Arlington sells out every seat, every suite and every hot dog for every game.

The stadium is in the neighborhood of Arlington Pro Tem Mayor Helen Moise.

“We have shown that we are ready for a challenge,” she said.

“I don’t even know who they could bring in. But we have the Dallas Cowboys.”

Johnson, 46, was not even born when the Cowboys played their last game at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. It was in 1971, in “Monday Night Football”.

When Johnson was still in his twenties, Arlington agreed to spend tax money to help build AT&T Stadium. It was only after Dallas County Commissioners and County Judge Margaret Keliher failed to move the ball to keep the team in that county.

This idea is not new. Every few years, Dallas developers spark discussions about a new football or baseball team or downtown stadium or in South Dallas.

In 2011, north Dallas Developer Craig Schenkel spent money on Interstate 30 billboards that read “Bring baseball to Dallas!”

Former Dallas mayors Robert Folsom and Ron Kirk built arenas for basketball and hockey.

During this time, Fort Worth built one of the largest grandstands in the world at Texas Motor Speedway and one of the newest stadiums in the country, Dickies Arena.

It’s major league sports month in Fort Worth: the Professional Bull Riders World Finals From May 13 to 22, the NASCAR Star Race May 22 and the Charles Schwab Challenge Professional golf tournament from May 23 to 29 at the Colonial Country Club.

You see, you might think that Fort Worth doesn’t have great sports.

In 1960, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ray Renfro, left, catches a pass against Dallas Cowboys’ Tom Franckhauser during a game at the Cotton Bowl. PA

We have six: pro football and baseball at Arlington, Big 12 college football at TCU, auto racing, pro golf, and rodeo.

(Seven, if you’re going to play the piano. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is June 2-18.)

Mayor Mattie Parker couldn’t resist the chance to tease her Dallas counterpart.

“’Dallas’ has a football team? she wrote by text

An occasional guest at the KTCK/96.7 FM sports conference, she wrote, “I usually leave my sports shots to my friends on ‘The Ticket,’ but whenever I get the chance to brag about Fort Worth, I will take it.”

She listed every sporting event in Fort Worth this month alone and said the city “knows how to play professional sports.”

Look, Johnson can have his own expansion team if he wants.

(In fact, the more local teams we have, the better for the regional economy, as long as the current owners follow suit.)

“We’re proud to be Cowboys fans in Fort Worth,” Parker said, “but welcome the conversation about the future potential of another NFL franchise.”

It won’t play anywhere except on Twitter.

This story was originally published May 6, 2022 4:01 p.m.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a guy from Fort Worth who covered high school football at age 16 and went on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 18 sessions of the Texas Legislative Assembly. First on the scene of a crash at DFW airport in 1988, he interviewed passengers fleeing the burning plane. He made his first appearance in the newspaper before he was born: he was sold for $600 in the adoption classifieds.

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