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fordfixer
11-02-2010, 12:49 AM
‘Embarrassed' Jones apologizes to Cowboys fans
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdo ... nfl-281406 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/-Embarrassed-Jones-apologizes-to-Cowboys-fans?urn=nfl-281406)
By Doug Farrar

There were those skeptical of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' claim that his team would host the Super Bowl in the new, state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium, but even the most ardent disbelievers could not have imagined the disaster Dallas' season has become. After the Cowboys' 35-17 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jones spoke to the media in a state of confusion.

"I'm embarrassed," Jones said. "Of course I am. And to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That's the way we're structured. That's the way I run it. There's no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I'm dumbfounded that we are 1-7."

He should be dumbfounded -- the Cowboys are only 1-6 at this point. But scheduled as they are to face a Green Bay Packers team that shut out the New York Jets this Sunday -- and at Lambeau Field, to boot -- 1-7 shouldn't be too far away. Dallas' debacle has seen the team pulled down in every direction. We've already detailed the three dropped passes that led to interceptions in Jon Kitna's(notes) starting debut in relief of the injured Tony Romo(notes), but that was far from the only issue against a Jags team that has been beatable all season.

Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard(notes) threw for four touchdowns and barely avoided a perfect quarterback rating against a Dallas defense that has been an abject disappointment all year. The supposedly dynamic three-pronged rushing attack ran for just 50 yards in 22 carries. Miles Austin(notes) caught seven balls, but it took him 12 targets to do it. And in a rush of embarrassing play calling, linebackers Bradie James(notes) and Keith Brooking(notes) were in solo coverage on tight end Marcedes Lewis(notes). Result: two touchdowns.

"You couldn't get me to say it, but you know that I thought we had a team here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL," Jones said. "I'm very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this ... You can tell by the way some of the things that we've done to certainly make the Cowboys everything you want them to be, you should be able to tell that I won't rest until we've figured some things out to get us in a different spot. What it is, I don't have that."

Jones stopped short of indicating that head coach Wade Phillips' job was in danger; coaches like Phillips are probably safe through this season. With the CBA in danger, and a possible work stoppage on the horizon after the 2011 draft, team owners are not eager to pay two different coaches to not coach in the near future.

"I am not in any way for making changes," Jones said. "I have always thought our best chance to win, when you've got three-day weeks and you've got to get ready to go to play a team, the best chance to win was to continue to be coached and continue to do some of the same things. There's not enough time to change."

There isn't enough time to change right now, but the answer to the Cowboys' turnaround is as plain as the nose on Jones' face. Be it Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells, Jones has only found success with his team when he has ceded power to those who understand the game better than he does -- not family members and yes-men too dependent on his checks to tell him what's really wrong. The Cowboys will suffer through a lost season in 2010; that much is clear. What happens next depends on how willing Jones is to sublimate his ego for the good of the organization.

hawaiiansteel
02-20-2011, 02:52 AM
As a lockout looms, NFL must realize it can't have it both ways

The NFL made an extra $800,000 by charging fans $200 to watch Super Bowl XLV on a TV outside Cowboys Stadium.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2011/writers/jeff_pearlman/02/18/nfl.labor/super.bowl.jpg

Nearly two weeks have passed since Super Bowl XLV, and although I no longer remember the score or Aaron Rodgers' passing yardage or the number of advertisements that featured some sort of boneheaded lug and a potato chip, one figure refuses to escape my temporal lobe: $200.

That's the amount the National Football League charged 4,000 fans to stand outside of Cowboys Stadium and watch the game on a big-screen television. As reported in Peter King's recent Sports Illustrated profile of Roger Goodell, when the idea of having people pay big bucks to stare at a TV near the action was first hatched in the league offices, it was deemed ludicrous.
Then -- BAM! -- the tickets sold out.

"It was like a shark hitting red meat," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told King. "We're thinking of selling more tickets. I know this: However many we print, people will buy."

Within the NFL's New York City headquarters, the out-of-the-blue $800,000 profit was surely greeted with high fives and whoops and whatever other celebratory device football executives tend to break out when it comes to milking fans of every last cent. Upon closer inspection, however, the earnings symbolize something drastically different: The undeniable truth that when it comes to the seemingly inevitable NFL lockout, the league's executives and owners fall on the side of devilish greed.

Or, put differently: Who the hell charges people $200 to watch a game on TV outside a stadium? Even if there's coin to be made. Even if 4,000 people are dumb enough to fork over the cash. Even if you could hear the cheers and smell the popcorn from inside. Even if a couple of Cowboys' cheerleaders visited the suckers, eh, I mean, patrons. Seriously, what genre of insidious, money-hungry, tone-deaf, suit-wearing homo Sapien thinks this is the proper way to treat your most diehard fans?

Maybe the NFL was trying to steal a page from the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which sets up a large JumboTron TV in Madison Square Park, and even provides bleacher and AstroTurn seating. There is, however, one slight difference: The U.S. Open supplies the services for free. Maybe the NFL was trying to steal a page from Wimbledon, which charges non-ticket holders five pounds to walk the grounds and watch the action on large monitors. Oh, wait -- all of that money goes to charity.

The truth is, as the lockout looms and the two sides seem to make little-to-no progress, the $200 serves as a perfect example of the want-it-both-ways hypocrites of the NFL. The league loves its fans, but will pull a stunt like the Cowboys Stadium joke. The league is terribly concerned about player safety, yet the commissioner and owners are adamant about extending a 16-game season to an even more punishing 18-game season (even though nobody seems to want the change). The league needs a reduction in the percentage of revenue going to the players, but it adamantly refuses to show each team's full audited financial statement as proof.

If I'm DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA, I make THE OWNERS CHARGED FANS $200 TO WATCH A GAME ON TV OUTSIDE A STADIUM my slogan, my mantra and my post-yoga fill-in for namaste. I print it up on signs, I tattoo it to my forehead, I repeat it over and over and over again until everyone in America gets the gist.

There are few greater examples of greed. There are few greater indictments of character.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jeff_pearlman/02/18/nfl.labor/index.html#ixzz1ETWpqEC5

RuthlessBurgher
02-20-2011, 09:45 PM
The Penguins set up a big screen for fans to gather outside of the arena to watch together during Pens playoff games (except when the games are on NBC and those network execs forbid such a broadcast).

However, for Penguin playoff hockey games, it's free.

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