Dallas mayor now wants more than 2nd NFL team to join Dallas Cowboys in North Texas

Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Football

Dallas mayor Eric Johnson caused a stir last week when he pushed for the idea of a second NFL in team to join the Dallas Cowboys in North Texas, preferably based in southern Dallas.

The possibility of that happening and earning the blessing of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is slim and none, with slim already out door.

But Johnson remains undeterred.

And he doubled down on his mission Tuesday when he announced the creation of a City Council committee focused on attracting and retaining professional sports franchises in the city limits.

Johnson created the committee — the Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Sports Recruitment and Retention — via a memorandum to his colleagues on the City Council.

“Dallas is the best sports city in the country right now,” said Johnson, who will serve as the committee’s chairman. “But for too long, Dallas has been too passive when it comes to attracting and retaining professional sports franchises. Dallas is a big-league city, and this new committee will help us compete at the highest level.”


Johnson pushed the idea of a second NFL team based in southern Dallas because North Texas is on pace to overtake the Chicago metropolitan area as the third-largest in the nation.

The two largest markets, New York and Los Angeles, have two NFL teams each.

The Dallas-Fort Worth region — which Johnson calls “the mecca of football” — would be the largest market in the country without two professional National Football League franchises.

The committee will explore that idea and more.


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