SBD/Issue 222/Sports Industrialists

Chip Off The Old Block: Cowboys Exec Stephen Jones Profiled

Starring Role: Paper
Profiles Stephen Jones

Cowboys Exec VP & COO STEPHEN JONES is profiled by Todd Archer of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS, who noted Jones’ full title, which also includes Dir of Player Personnel and Texas Stadium President, “is a sign of just how much he does for the team.” Jones’ father, Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES, said, “Stephen has the ability to multitask. It’s one of his biggest skills. He can cover a lot of ground.” Archer noted since Jerry Jones bought the team in ’89, Stephen Jones “has played an important role, first in marketing and later in personnel. He oversees the operations of the Cowboys and Texas Stadium while managing the new stadium project” in Arlington. Stephen Jones said, “I wouldn’t say my role has changed, I’d say the projects have changed. This stadium project is huge, probably the biggest one we’ve ever done. We paid $150[M] for the stadium and the club, and now we’re involved in something that could reach $1[B].” Ravens President DICK CASS said Stephen “makes Jerry’s life a lot easier by having someone there with the critical decisions that he can trust, whether you’re talking the signing of DEION SANDERS or challenging the NFL’s business practices.” While Archer noted Stephen Jones one day “will be the face of the franchise,” Jones said, “I’m not in any hurry for that to happen because I enjoy working so much with Jerry” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/14).

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