Pro sports team owners should remain hidden

We’ve heard the term “narcissist” tossed around during the past year or so, usually while referencing Donald J. Trump, the next president of the United States.

Trump is one of them, for sure. He might place a fairly distant second to the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones.


Jones, of course, isn’t your typical sports team owner. He doubles as the Cowboys’ general manager, which means he gets to make all the critical decisions related to running the team. He doesn’t hire some high-powered GM to make those calls; Jones does it himself.

He’s got his own radio show in the Dallas area. He fairly routinely pre-empts the head coach, Jason Garrett.

Just recently he said he foments rumors about former starting quarterback Tony Romo resuming his role just to stir things up, apparently with little regard to how it might mess up the psyche of Dak Prescott, the team’s current starting QB.

I just wish Jones would find it within himself to do what sports team owners usually do: write the checks that pay the salaries, make an occasional public appearance at sports banquets — and step away from the spotlight.

I get that he isn’t the first sports owner to make a spectacle of himself. Al Davis did it with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL; Donald Sterling managed to do so with the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA; Georgia Frontiere of the LA Rams did, too.

I don’t “follow” the Cowboys the way a lot of Texas residents, too, let alone “worship” them.

However, I do grow weary of seeing and hearing the team’s owner.

Put a sock in it, Jerry.

Would the Cowboys’ owner fire himself … please?


2 thoughts on “Pro sports team owners should remain hidden”

  1. I think your title should read:

    Jerry Jones Should Remain Hidden

    Mostly in 2016 Owners are hidden (except of course to the sports-obsessed which excludes you and me – unless you regard politics as “sport”)

    Exceptions are aformentioned Jones and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. If not for his nasty, malicious “girl friend” Sterling would still be the mostly unknown owner of the LA Clippers.

    (BTW, I greatly respected Cuban for “swimming against the tide” when he publically counseled the NBA in general and Commish Silver and fellow owners to not be hasty about expelling Sterling)

    Major sports owners all have agreements, I suspect, which give them authority to associate, or not, with the other owners. I believe owners must approve franchise sales. This is their prerogative – and such constraints are freely acknowledged by all new owners. Goes to show they are not really “competitors” but essentially a cartel with far more interests-in-common than actual rival interests.

    FWIW, you forgot to mention the arguably most “spectacular” of all sports owners – the late George Steinbrenner.

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