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NFL Rules Cowboys Video Board Does Not Have To Be Raised

NFL Taking No Action This Season
Regarding Cowboys Stadium's Video Board
The NFL has "decided not to take any action for this season regarding the Cowboys' 90-foot high digital scoreboard that hangs over the field at their new stadium," according to Todd Archer of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. In a memo sent to every team Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that if a punt "hits the board -- or any guide wire, sky cam or any other object at the stadium -- the down will be replayed, just as the rule stated before" Titans P A.J. Trapasso hit the board during an August 21 preseason game. However, the issue "could be re-visited in the future." Goodell in a statement said, "We will continue to address the particular circumstances in Dallas, giving full consideration to the competitive, safety and fan experience issues involved." Archer notes the one concession the league made was to allow the replay assistant, who normally can "only stop play in the final two minutes of each half for a review," to "call for a review if the on-field officials did not see the ball hit the board." Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones "all along" has said that the board "did not need to be raised and that in a 'competitive game situation,' it would not be a factor" (DALLASNEWS.com, 8/28). In Dallas, Tim MacMahon writes Jones "got his way" (DALLASNEWS.com, 8/28). But ESPN's Adam Schefter said "these ongoing discussions between the league and the Cowboys can lead to some type of solution where perhaps the scoreboard might eventually be raised" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 8/28).

TWITTER REAX: SI’s Peter King: “Jerry Jones wins staredown over videoboard. NFL now set up for Tropicana Field-like ground rules for new stadium. Bad decision.” SI’s Don Banks: “Disagree with P. King's assessment of Cowboys videoboard-gate. Thought it was the way NFL would go: 1 yr. assessment to see how much impact. … Could be that only 2-3 punts hit the board all year. One-year ground rule doesn't have to be treated like a threat to sanctity of the game.” SI's Arash Markazi: “The day that video board adversely effects the Cowboys on the field is the day that Jerry Jones will raise it.”

FILLED TO CAPACITY: In Dallas, Jeff Mosier notes the NFL for Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in '11 is "projecting that it could have about 93,200 seated inside the stadium and another 10,000 outside in the plazas." Attendance for the game could "get close" to the Super Bowl-record 103,985 fans who attended Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl. NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz said the league is "taking the stadium and going layer by layer to decide what each space will do." Meanwhile, the September 5 Oklahoma-BYU college football game at the stadium sold out, but new $25 tickets, or "Spirit Passes" that are "similar to the Cowboys' standing-room-only Party Pass," are now available (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/28).

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