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NFL-COWBOYS COURT HEARING CANCELLED ON PROMISE BY JONES
Published September 21, 1995
The NFL cancelled a court hearing today on the league's $300M lawsuit against the Cowboys after Jerry Jones promised the team would not file its own lawsuit without advance notice. The league announced that the only issue that will be discussed today will be the status of a temporary restraining owner in place barring the Cowboys from filing any lawsuits of their own. In this morning's FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, Mike Fisher reports that Jones and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft have discussed a change to the league's revenue sharing plan. The plan would split "about in half" the 5% monitored by NFL Properties -- about $100M last year. One portion would be paid directly to clubs that market themselves; the other divided among the 30 teams based on market size. An NFL source told the STAR-TELEGRAM that Jones thinks he'll win in court, "but he's also confident he'll win other owners over without court" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/21). Kraft, in this morning's USA TODAY: "There is a bigger issue here -- local selling and marketing, and who can do a better job. ... If we get to the substance of the issues, maybe there can be some amendments made while keeping the spirit of sharing" (USA TODAY, 9/21). Columnist Bryan Burwell notes there is "a silent minority of owners who have invested as much as Jones has into the pro football business, who are rooting for Jones as he finds new ways to produce big profits" (USA TODAY, 9/21). WHO DOESN'T APPLAUD RAMPANT CAPITALISM: There is support this morning for Jones' proposals, at least among columnists. In Washington, Dan Daly writes, "If you can put your feelings about the man aside for a moment, you might see some sense in his proposal" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/21). In St. Louis, Jeff Gordon writes, "If he wants to build his Cowboys franchise into the ultimate capitalist venture, we should applaud him. That's free enterprise" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/21). Burwell: "Jones makes a lot of sense when he talks about individual teams marketing their own products" (USA TODAY, 9/21). In Philadelphia, Bill Lyon writes, "The courts tend to support capitalism" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/21). AND FROM A SLIGHTLY BIASED OBSERVER: Emmitt Smith on Jerry Jones and the NFL: "I don't think the NFL has a chance. I really don't. I think the man knew exactly what he was getting into when he made the deals, so I don't think he would have made the deals if he thought he was going to get sued for a large amount of money" (CNN, 9/20).