The Dallas Cowboys aren’t enough for Dallas mayor, Eric Johnson. He created a buzz this weekend by responding to a CBS Sports tweet asking which cities should be considered for an expansion team.
Mayor Johnson tweeted his response, “The answer is Dallas. Why? We are about to pass the Chicago metro and become the #3 metro in the US, which would make us the largest US metro WITHOUT 2 teams. Football is king here. Dallas needs an expansion team, and we would be able to sustain 2 NFL teams better than LA or NY.”
Imagine that… the Dallas Cowboys getting a little brother just like the New York Giants/Jets, Los Angeles Rams/Chargers dynamic. I thought it was a joke. But, Mayor Johnson doubled down on his take with follow up tweets.
“Jerry Jones owns the crown jewel of the @NFL. I don’t think the @Lakers or @Yankees are bothered one bit by the existence of the @LAClippers or @Mets. Cowboys are a stronger brand with a more global fan base than either of these two. You’re underestimating Jerry Jones. AND DALLAS.”
Keep in mind, Dallas technically does not have a team because the Cowboys play in nearby Arlington. Maybe Mayor Johnson wants an expansion team inside the city limits for tax purposes. This is such an odd take. Or is it?
For years, San Antonio has begged for a franchise. We got a taste of one in 2005 when the New Orleans Saints called the Alamodome home for a few games, following Hurricane Katrina. That’s when I became a Saints fan. For so long, I considered the San Antonio/Austin corridor to be a logical expansion destination. Together, our metro areas combine for nearly 5-million residents. But, Mayor Johnson’s tweets got me wondering… is a second team in Dallas a better spot for an expansion team? Part of me thinks he may be right.
I know what you’re going to say – Los Angeles has twice as many residents compared to DFW and can barely fill stadiums for two teams. Mayor Johnson addressed this correctly by reminding people that Texans are more passionate about football. Dallas (or Austin/San Antonio for that matter) doesn’t have to compete with beaches, Hollywood, casinos, or mountains like Los Angeles.
I doubt Jerry Jones would ever allow a second franchise in DFW. And, when he’s gone, I don’t think Stephen Jones would either. I’d love for San Antonio to receive an NFL franchise in my lifetime. I’m still hopeful. But if we don’t get one, and the Cowboys suddenly get a little brother, I’d understand. Dallas has the money, the corporate backing, and the population needed to make it happen.
- Michael Jimenez