Sources: Cowboys Stadium to land 2014 college football national title game on Wednesday


From the Dallas Morning News

PASADENA, Calif. – When Cowboys Stadium lands the first championship game of the college football playoff era as expected, the prize will have come with anxious moments.

Barring a major reversal, multiple sources familiar with the process indicated that Cowboys Stadium had enough votes and will be announced Wednesday as the site for the title game after the 2014 season. Cowboys Stadium and Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium are the only two bidders for the title game to be announced Wednesday by the BCS conference commissioners.

The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is certain to join the playoff semifinal rotation when three “host bowls” are also announced Wednesday, sources said.

The tightness of the two-city race between Arlington and Tampa was confirmed publicly by commissioners. At least one source did not rule out Tampa’s impressive bid picking up even more support behind closed doors and stressed that the final vote had not been taken.

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford echoed that sentiment.

“I think that Tampa over the years has hosted some big events,” Swofford said, listing Super Bowls and Final Fours. “I don’t think we should be terribly surprised with their bid.”

Cowboys Stadium has planned years for this moment, forming a non-profit entity in late 2011 with the Cowboys and Cotton Bowl Classic to bring the title game to Arlington. It’s still clearly the favorite, essentially intimidating all competitors except one.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby embraced the competitive atmosphere that has developed because it will mean a better title game venue.

“I’m glad it has,” Bowlsby said. “It will give us a better outcome.”

Cowboys Stadium primed for NCAA basketball


From the Fort Worth Star Telegram


ARLINGTON — As dress rehearsals go, North Texas sure got a bill primed for Broadway.

The NCAA South Regional at Cowboys Stadium has something for everyone — long-standing basketball divas in Kansas and Michigan, which tip at 6:37 Friday night, and a Cinderella story in Florida Gulf Coast, which became the first 15-seed to advance to the Sweet 16. Added to the intrigue is the Eagles’ in-state battle with Florida in the other semifinal matchup, scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the Jayhawks and Wolverines.

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Move over, Cowboys Stadium: Houston’s Reliant Stadium plans to get largest video boards in Texas

Jerry Jones' Cowboys Stadium has a video screen that is the equivalent of 3,200 52-inch televisions. But it soon won't be the largest video display in the state of Texas, thanks to additions that will be made to Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium has a video screen that is the equivalent of 3,200 52-inch televisions. But it soon won’t be the largest video display in the state of Texas, thanks to additions that will be made to Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Cowboys Stadium was once known for having the world’s largest high-definition video display.

A vote from the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. means the Cowboys soon won’t even have the largest video boards in the state of Texas.

Houston’s Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, will add video boards that are expected to be the largest in Texas and the widest in professional sports, thanks to a passing vote yesterday.

“Our game experience is consistently rated as one of the finest in the world and these spectacular video boards will help us elevate to an even higher level of performance for our fans,” Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes said in a release.

Construction is expected to start at the end of the current season and to be completed by August. The new displays will provide exclusive video content, real-time information and enhancements to improve the viewing experience, Rootes said.

During the Cowboys’ first season inside the stadium in 2009, Guiness World Record book officials presented a certificate to the Cowboys certifying that the Mitsubishi screens in the new Cowboys Stadium were “the World’s Largest High-Definition Video Display.” That distinction was later claimed by the Charlotte Motor Speedway, but Jerry Jones’ stadium still had the NFL’s crown jewel when it comes to video screens. But given the news out of Houston, that title won’t last for long.

Not only will this bump the Cowboys down the rankings in terms of stadium video screen size, but it also could mean the next Super Bowl in the state of Texas may not be in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

The Texans are currently the only NFL team not to have digital scoreboards. Such an upgrade would likely be necessary for Houston to hope a future Super Bowl, which the Texans hope to do in 2017.

Despite falling down the video screen rankings, Cowboys Staidum is still the world’s largest domed stadium.

When it gets right down to it, Jerry doesn’t want to share


Jerry Jones doesn’t want to share the spotlight with anyone when it comes to hiring a general manager.

For all of you fans that know that’s what it’s going to take for the Cowboys to succeed, Jerry doesn’t care what you think, he’s going to continue being the owner AND the general manager. Here’s what he said today on KRLD-FM:

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