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SBD/February 28, 2011/Events and Attractions
Jerry Jones Accepts Partial Responsibility For Super Bowl Seating Issues
Published February 28, 2011
FIRST THINGS FIRST: SI.com's Peter King writes Cowboys Stadium "is going to get another Super Bowl in the next 10 years," but Jones "has a lot of penance to do first for the massive screwups." Two U.S. senators "had to stand in line outside the stadium for at least two hours before the game," and one league owner "recently criticized Jones in a league meeting for the horrible delays and game-day mismanagement." However, when the "emotion and lawsuits go away sometime in the next two years, the owners will get enough iron-clad assurances about the game being run the right way (with some road salt and plows at the ready) that they'll realize they can make more money holding the game there than in most, if not all, other venues" (SI.com, 2/28).
KEEP FUTURE COSTS DOWN: In Dallas, Jeff Mosier notes North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee President & CEO Bill Lively last week "spoke about what's likely to happen with" the region's next bid for a Super Bowl "and also what he thinks should happen." Lively said there "needs to be cost containment up front." He added that "future committees can't afford ever-escalating budgets," and that he "would like to see some way around the NFL's requirement for subsidizing ticket taxes although that is out of his control." Mosier notes these are "a few initial ideas from Lively, who is assembling further proposals for future bid and host committees." The bid for North Texas' second Super Bowl "could be organized as soon as this year." Lively said, "I will not be part of the next host committee, but I will be interested in what it does" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/28).