Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson may be living in a fantasy world when it comes to the realities of what could be next for the NFL in the city, but that didn’t stop him from taking to social media to call for an NFL expansion team.
Mayor Johnson explained why the Dallas-Fort Worth area is deserving of a second NFL franchise because of its population, the benefits to everyone around the area, and the fact that other major cities/metro areas are home to two franchises in major sports leagues.
So why should the Cowboys be willing to share Dallas?
“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,” Johnson tweeted. “So, if a deal can be made that benefits the NFL, the other owners, the City of Dallas, and possibly the Cowboys, it’s a no brainer. But here’s the rub: if it benefits all of the stakeholders I just mentioned except Jerry Jones, does that mean a deal couldn’t/shouldn’t happen?
“I’m not so sure and it’s my job as mayor to ask these types of questions when my city and its residents stands to benefit. I’m both a sports fan and a lover of Dallas. If LA and NY can both support a NFC and an AFC team, then Dallas, the capital of football, surely can!”
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!
— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) May 6, 2022
It is certainly an interesting idea and suggestion, but for now there is nothing to suggest it will become a reality — or even a legitimate suggestion anytime soon.
But it’s the offseason, and we love talking about football, so adding a second team in the metro areais a fun discussion while we wait for training camps around the league to start. Unfortunately for Mayor Johnson, it looks like he’ll just have to settle for two teams being in the state of Texas for the foreseeable future.