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First Time, Long Time: ESPN Radio Dallas' Randy Galloway

Galloway Says Cowboys Stadium's
"Wow" Factor Has Been Immense
The Daily today introduces a new feature, "First-Time, Long-Time." Each week, we will ask a sports radio personality about the hot topics in his or her market. We kick off the feature with ESPN Radio 103.3 Dallas' Randy Galloway, who hosts "Galloway & Company" weekdays from 2:00-6:00pm CT in addition to his work as a columnist for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Galloway took time out to discuss the opening of Cowboys Stadium and the video board controversy with Staff Writer Preston Bounds.

Q: What are your listeners' reactions to the new Cowboys Stadium? Do they feel the impressiveness of the building is worth the extra money fans and taxpayers are having to pay?

Galloway: Now that it has opened, the "wow" factor has been absolutely immense. The cost has been a huge controversy, much more so the ticket and suite prices than the $1.2B cost of the stadium. But once it opened, you didn't hear that as much. I didn’t pay for tickets, but the people who did seem to be very happy, and frankly the people who didn't seem to be coming around. So from that standpoint, Jerry (Jones) has had a winner so far.

Q: Do listeners think that Jerry Jones will have to make changes to the video board? If so, who do they think should pay for that?

Galloway: It's about split over whether Jerry will have to raise it. What makes this even better, and I love this story, is that Jerry is totally dug in. And for all the screaming from national media and prominent NFL people, Jerry is just in one of those "bleep you" modes. What it's going to come down to is, does Jerry have the support of Roger Goodell on this? The thought process is that Goodell is as wowed as anyone by the $1.2B, raised in the toughest economic conditions since the Great Depression, and the impact the stadium has had nationally. I would say only the Astrodome opening in '65 has had a bigger national impact. So the Jerry answer to this is, "Hey, punt around it, punt under it, to hell with the rest of you." Listeners' opinions seem to trend a little more in favor of Jerry here.

Q: Do listeners feel the stadium needs a naming-rights partner or do they like the building being named after the team?

Galloway: It’s almost unanimous that people would like to see it named Tom Landry Stadium. Of course, Jerry could not do that and get a naming rights partner and suddenly take that name off. So he puts a very generic Cowboys Stadium name on it until he gets the $300M or whatever it is he thinks he can get for naming rights. But I would say no one wants to see a corporate name up there. Everyone would like to see Tom Landry Stadium, but we all know that ain't gonna happen.

Q: With the Cowboys and college football seasons set to begin, are the Rangers still on the radar as they look to secure a playoff spot?

Galloway: Absolutely. The Rangers have taken what would normally be the dog days of August as everybody gets ready for September, and they have refused to disappear. It's not a football-type impact, nor will it ever be, but the Rangers have captured everyone's attention. We're fortunate to have a great sports market, and in most cases, fans of the Cowboys are fans of the local teams.

Download podcasts of "Galloway & Company" here.

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