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Jones Says He Sees No Reason To Raise
Video Board At Cowboys Stadium
SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE: Colts President and Competition Committee member Bill Polian said of the height of the video board, "It's just an honest mistake that needs to be corrected." SI.com's Peter King writes the "only possible option ... is raising the video board 15 or 20 feet, which stadium officials say can be done." King: "Whatever happens, I can't help but thinking someone's going to take a pretty big fall for this. I was told Sunday night the Cowboys definitely got the green light from the NFL for all football and competitive aspects of the stadium, including the positioning of the board 90 feet above the field." An NFL source said that there are "two worrisome things about doing nothing." The NFL "would never want to create different ground rules for one stadium," and not acting could mean "multiple do-overs in one game, particularly if the team has a boomer punter trying to kick the ball high to let his coverage team run under it downfield" (SI.com, 8/24). ESPN's Chris Mortensen said, "The league will certainly take a look at whether this thing needs to be raised, who's going to pay for it, and then they have to decide if it's a reviewable play" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 8/22). In Nashville, David Climer wrote the height of the video board is a "joke," as replaying a down in an NFL game is "considerably different from the chair official calling a let on a point at Wimbledon." For Jones to "turn a blind eye to the video board error is utter foolishness" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/23).
Source Says NFL Meticulously Reviews
Plans For Each Proposed Stadium
REALLY BRIGHT LIGHTS: In San Antonio, Buck Harvey wrote the HD video board "changes everything, including the way sports are watched." Friday's game "might have been the first time a majority of the audience in attendance preferred to look at a television screen instead of the actual athletes" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/22). ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky wrote it is "hard to take your eyes off" the scoreboard (ESPN.com, 8/21). Buck said, "It is really hard to take your eyes off that scoreboard. It’s so bright and from what I’m told, they’re only using it at a quarter of its brightness." Aikman: "It’s as clear a picture as I’ve ever seen of any size” ("Titans-Cowboys," Fox, 8/21).
THAT DESERVES A "WOW": In Oklahoma City, Mike Baldwin wrote of Cowboys Stadium, "Having attended games in nearly every NFL stadium and 36 major league ballparks, including 26 current MLB stadiums, it's rare that a stadium produces the 'wow factor' I experienced Friday night. ... I can't go as far as to call Jones Mahal the best sports facility in the world. Most dazzling? Certainly. Most spectacular? Absolutely." There are "so many nuances it's hard to list them all." NFL.com's Gil Brandt, who previously served as Cowboys VP/Player Personnel, said of the stadium, "When you talk about the wow factor this is 100 times wow! This is totally unbelievable. It reminds me of when the Astrodome was built" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 8/22). In Ft. Worth, Jennifer Floyd Engel wrote, "I had never been to JerryWorld prior to Friday, and wow. Just wow." Jones has created an "almost perfect football stadium," as it is "beautiful and light and functional and grandiose" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/24). In Ft. Worth, Randy Galloway wrote the "awe moment comes the second you walk into Arlington's big top." The windows "make it the best roofed stadium you've ever seen, and not just the monster panes at both ends, but also all that other glass at the top of the building provides an openness no place else can touch" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/22). Buck: "There is nothing like this stadium anywhere in this country, or maybe anywhere else for that matter." Fox' Curt Menefee added, "Consider this the new Colosseum. Like everything in Big D, this place is huge and unique” (Fox, 8/21). Cowboys fan Carlos Silva: "This is probably what the Romans felt when they first saw the Colosseum: the sense of awe" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/22).
Jones Shown In His Box During
Fox' Telecast Of Cowboys Game
HAVE TO ADMIT IT'S GETTING BETTER: In Ft. Worth, Jim Reeves wrote Cowboys Stadium is a "heck of a lot better football stadium than it is a concert venue." The view from the press-box during Friday's game contained a "crisp, clean look, all silver and blue." Reeves also attended Wednesday's Paul McCartney concert at the stadium, and he wrote the venue "looks a lot better with the turf down than the bare concrete we sat on for the concert." For non-football events, fans are "seated on the floor, but amazingly, no regular restrooms were available for those floor fans." Reeves: "I'll be back for more football. I can't say the same about another concert" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/23).
MAKING PROGRESS: City of Houston and Harris County (TX) officials indicated that the two sides are "negotiating a deal that could pave the way for construction of a new soccer stadium, a new jail and the redevelopment of the Astrodome." In Houston, Bradley Olson reports the negotiations "focus on the use of tax increment reinvestment zones, or TIRZ, as vehicles for the major capital projects." Harris County Community Services Dir David Turkel: "We're in the home stretch" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/24).
NOTES: The Univ. of Minnesota and the Wild are discussing an "outdoor NHL hockey game in the new TCF Bank Stadium in January 2012" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/23)....Ole Miss is "putting down new artificial turf at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium after two boosters anonymously donated $500,000" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/23).