Look, Man, Jerry Jones Is Really, Really Sorry

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Patrick Michels
Jerry Jones at the opening of Cowboys Stadium
No doubt you're well aware of the snafus that threatened to turn the most-watch-anything-ever Super Bowl XLV into The Game That Made a 9-Year-Old Boy Cry when he and his father were among the 1,200 denied access to those temporary bleachers that weren't. And maybe you noticed: After being everywhere the week leading up to the game, Jerry Jones was nowhere to be seen immediately afterward. As Dunham and Miller pointed out this morning, you'd have thought Jerry would have wanted some of the spotlight; instead, he slunk into the shadows.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the 400 or so displaced fans will get free tickets to the Indy Super Bowl. But from the Dallas Cowboys, we get only a statement from the Cowboys' owner and GM in which he addresses The WeekWeak That Was. Read the whole thing here, but this is the relevant excerpt:
Cowboys Stadium was designed with the versatility to be fully capable accommodating the number of seats that were scheduled to be in place for Super Bowl XLV. The stadium configuration was part of the Host Committee bid that was approved by the NFL owners in 2007. The NFL, the Host Committee, the Cowboys, and the City of Arlington worked closely to ensure as safe and as enjoyable experience for as many fans as possible.

The incomplete installation of temporary seats left a limited number of sections unusable for yesterday's game. Manpower and timing issues caused inconveniences to some fans. At the end of the preparations, approximately 400 fans attending the game were not able to watch from those installed seats. We deeply regret their Super Bowl experience was impacted by this error, and we share that responsibility with the NFL.

We will also continue to work closely with the NFL in its complete review of Super Bowl XLV.
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Craig
Craig

D-HEB-FTW and the entire N. Texas region look like a bunch of oily bohunks.

Andy
Andy

Call me crazy, but I don't think additional seats should be added in the first place. I would hope that a $1B stadium was carefully and thoughtfully designed to accommodate a certain number of people for an NFL game, and I think that number should stand. I know, I know..it's all about the money. But I'm more bothered that they tried to add a section of seating at all than I am that they didn't finish constructing it in time.

FRED
FRED

"We deeply regret their Super Bowl experience was impacted "

Oh yeah. That's real caring there...

Season eneded early
Season eneded early

what I want to know is why didn't the work to install the seats begin the day after the Cowboys season ended? That would have allowed time for inspections, permits etc.

MortgageGuy
MortgageGuy

Harsh, guys, very harsh. This goof isn't on Jerry, or the Cowboys - it's on the NFL, They produce this bowl. Don't get me wrong - Jerry DOES owe someone an apology, but it's to 1,000,000 Dallasites for the team, not to 400 cheeseheads for the stadium.

Jay D
Jay D

In many ways....the Super Bowl was much like the 2010 Cowboy's season. Over-hyped expectations, flawed planning, poor execution, excuse after excuse, bad after-taste.

What was the common denominator again?

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

This is what happens when the Push ahead CAN-D0 spirit hits the it Ain't Happening in this lifetime wall.

Soon enough we will enter the We aren't looking to place blame we just want to find solutions phase of what happened.

Torrent
Torrent

Well, well, well Jerry. Isn't karma a bitch? I'm SO glad that everything turned out the way it did. Bad weather, etc. And it's not just Jerry. It's all the greedy bastards out there ready to bank it. Maybe next time they won't be so avaricious and mother nature will be more kind...

cheap seats
cheap seats

NFL selling tickets to watch a big screen outside on a February night? People are brainwashed drones for buying that garbage. The NFL would sell the Super Bowl to Beijing if the price was right.

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

Thought Super Bowl week's chaos iced our chances of having another big game? Think again...the other NFL owners adore Jerry. Why? Because every time the TV contracts come up for renewal, Jones shows what some Arkansas rope-a-dope means for the zeroes on the check. He's good at it, and they love it.

So never mind that this area is so de-centralized that weather aside, it's an inheritently lousy place for the Super Bowl. Never mind Jones is universally depised in Dallas-Fort Worth because since Jimmy Johnson left, we've been lost in the NFL wilderness. Never mind that it's hard enough living here anyway without another set of fires to put out. I'm so lucky that my work career is winding down and I won't have to put up with the next one.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

When debating who had power over this Super Bowl and the responsibility remember who headed up the search committee for the new commissioner back in 2006 when Paul Tagliabue retired? Yep, Jerry. Goodell owes his very lucrative job to Jones. Also remember that the commissioner works for the owners, he can be replaced anytime they want.

dallasite
dallasite

If you are a Packer fan, or a Steeler fan, and your team doesn't make it next year, why would you give a f about next year's game? You paid a considerable amount of your savings for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Jerry f 'd up trying to beat a record and showing how we do everything bigger in Texas. He built the biggest stadium ever in a town that has no public transportation and thought that the Metropolex could show off. Wrong. When NYC hosts the Super Bowl, they may have an ice storm. But people will be able to get around because of a superior mass transit system.

Alalia
Alalia

Not to defend Jerry Jones, but it's the city of Arlington's fault that there's no mass transit from Dallas or Fort Worth. The original TRE plan went through Arlington, but they didn't want it. Hence the reason it goes through Irving. Anyone but the city of Arlington could see that a rail line to the stadiums would make sense.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

OK, I'll split the blame. Yes, the city of Arlington is incredibly shortsighted and small--minded when it comes to the transportation needs of the people it keeps going so far out of its way to woo into town by building stadium after stadium. But Jerry knows what kind of transit is available there, and he still chose to put his stadium in the city of the highest bidder, even if that bidder isn't particularly well equipped to satisfy the needs of the folks who actually go to those games.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Of course we must admit that DART could only deliver, what 20K fans? Mass Transit ideally would help, perhaps we should be so quick to call it that "Mass" Maybe we should call it Fair transit.

Heywood U. Buzzoff
Heywood U. Buzzoff

Billionaire get caught being a cheap ass bastard and is now playing the I AM SORRY game. Could he have paid for the handrails and temp seats to be done earlier? He wanted the largest attendance figure and did it as inexpensively as possible.

Jerry, be a man, pay for those folks to go to the next Superbowl (flight, hotel, food, and toss 'em a party) and tell each of them that you are sorry. You can take this off your taxes and it probably keep you from some luxury you do not need but it is time to step up, act like a man, a do the right thing.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

So you think Jerry put on the Super Bowl all by himself? It was an NFL event. As much as Jerry irritates me in many ways, the league fubared this, not Jerry. Blame Roger if you want to irrationally blame a single person.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

They came to Jerry World. Even Fox news and MSNBC were calling it that. If the fans had come to NFL Stadium owned by the NFL, I'd buy your argument.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It also gets called the Death Star, you want George Lucas to be responsible too?

Anon
Anon

Jerry was more than happy to be part of historical attendance and all, but who makes that extra money from seat sales? It's the NFL. They own the event for better or worse. For me, I'd want to be paid back for my flights, hotels, etc as well, but Jerry shouldn't pay - the league should.The bigger disappointment for Jerry is how long he will have to wait before the US gets the World Cup or Olympics again. That's the next "prize" he had his eye on.

scottindallas
scottindallas

3 times ticket value should cover those expenses, no?

ChrisU
ChrisU

and why did Jerry not provide Christina a lyric sheet?

G_David
G_David

According to many that were there, they were on the scoreboards that encircle the stadium. And they were huge.

ReverendVelvet
ReverendVelvet

As much as we, locally, like to laugh and poke fun of the mishaps of the past week and try to blame Jerry for it all, everything that went wrong in 'North Texas' is a reflection upon all of us that live here.

To the rest of the world we are snow-bound bumbling rednecks...

Jay D
Jay D

Do I care what "the world" thinks of North Texas based on the blunders of an Arkansas carpetbagger and the inept governance of middling suburb? Let me give it some though....no, I don't give a damn what they think.

scottindallas
scottindallas

It's effin cold, should've postponed the Superbowl a week and then only allow in bound flights. We could drain them dry until we get our big game dividend. F You, we're from Texas.

Though, considering the forecast, we might need to postpone it two weeks! If we had the resolve of the Egyptians we could do it. But, if we were having an Egyptian Winter, we wouldn't have had any issues at all. Damn!

JD
JD

Good ole hind site. Never mind that we had a 2 inch thick sheet of ice, record cold temperatures, and 4 inches of snow to top it off. Yup, those bumbling rednecks suck at controlling the weather. Idiots.

DT
DT

No, MattL1, your not the only one who thought that. Could care less what people say, this weather was far beyond anything that the committee was prepared for. When you consider the DFW hasn't had a weather spell this bad in 26+ years, the lack of "planning" that people complain about is baseless in nature.

MattL1
MattL1

I think the whole Super Bowl thing went just swimmingly, though I feel I may be in the minority in that regard.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Obviuosly JerryWorld is too close to AA up at DFW. They copied industry standard practice and oversold, figured "Hey, we get the money, so what if they don't get a seat" and went on with their day.

Enrique De La Fuente
Enrique De La Fuente

I am waiting for an apology from Mayor Cluck of Arlington. Here was a guy whiny about Arlington not getting its day in the sun, but when the snow hit he was the first man to duck and cover.

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