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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Weighs In On HGH Talks, NFL's Prospects In London

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones appeared on last night's edition of the "CBS Evening News," and said of how he would address the NFLPA about his desire for HGH testing in the NFL, "I would say, 'Let's get this together. Let's get on the same page.' We said that's what we would do two or three years ago. Most players agree with that. The politics of getting that done are hard." CBS' Scott Pelley responded, "If most players agree as you say, and you and management agree that HGH has to go, why has it taken three years and you're still not there?" Jones: "If I could solve that then move me on up to Washington and there's some problems up there I can solve." Meanwhile, Pelley asked "if there's even more room to grow" for the NFL, as Commissioner Roger Goodell "seems hell-bent to start a team in London." Jones said, "Only seven percent of NFL fans have ever been inside an NFL stadium," adding TV is "how people participate" in NFL games. Jones: "So as far as our game is concerned and all of our fans in the United States, a team playing in London can be viewed and be entertaining and be competitive and be very much a part of the NFL." Pelley said of a team in London, "It sounds like you're for this." Jones: "I'm for growing the pie. I am for pushing the envelope. ... We have great markets that have a history of being interested in NFL football and American football. ... Can we have it in Great Britain? I think so. And so, yes, I think there's enough there to get interested. I'm not ready to vote for it yet but that's what we're in, a trial stage to look at it over a two-year period" ("Evening News," CBS, 10/7).
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