Irving's Leaders Are Pretending the Cowboys' Move to Frisco Doesn't Matter

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City of Irving
Mayor Beth Van Duyne
Irving's leaders take exception to Jim Schutze's allegory of Valley Ranch -- and, by extension, the city as a whole -- as the washed-up hag in the corner of a seedy bar, her sobs wreathed in cigarette smoke. They haven't addressed it directly, but the narrative they're spinning is starkly different.

This week, in the wake of Jerry Jones' announcement that the Cowboys are spurning Valley Ranch and hooking up with Frisco for the team's headquarters and training facility, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne gave a series of interviews insisting that, really, it's not that big a deal.

"The economic impact is minimal," she told CBS 11. "We were proud to have the Cowboys here. It was bragging rights; it's a very recognizable national brand."

She and Chamber of Commerce President Chris Wallace go on to describe what is described in the piece as a "residential and population explosion" and an "economic resurgence."

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Van Duyne struck a similar tone in an interview with the Dallas Business Journal, pointing out that "One business doesn't define a city."

There's nothing wrong with a little hometown boosterism, of course, but Van Duyne's optimism verges on delusion. At the very least, it's a clumsy attempt to gloss over recent history.

The Dallas Morning News' Avi Selk has a piece this morning detailing just how hard Irving tried to keep the Cowboys. Talks with the club, which included tentative plans for an elaborate mixed-use retail-residential development to be anchored by the team, had been going on for a year when the Frisco rumors "blindsided" the city.

City leaders weren't all that concerned with the team's direct impact on the local economy, which amounts to a few dozen jobs and several thousand dollars in tax revenue. What they wanted was, as Selk puts it, "to reap millions from the Cowboys tourist attraction that will replace the team's 28-year-old facility in the Valley Ranch neighborhood."

If that wasn't important, if it was just about bragging rights, Irving wouldn't have put so much energy into negotiations, and Van Duyne wouldn't have gone off on city staff and council members for dropping the ball.



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juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

They should have built the Stadium and the Training Complex in Frisco. Doesn't Jerry own quite a bit of land north of Frisco?

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill

Explain again why anyone can't say a team plays in the city they play in?

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill

I worked in Coppell for six months last year. Every moment I interacted with anything Irving (or Coppell for that matter) I wanted to put a fork in my eye. Zero planning. Everything to do is based on driving a car to parking lot that is designed by schizophrenics. The police are everywhere waiting for you to break traffic laws because you have to if you want, you know, get anywhere to do anything. I'd rather my children grew up to be telemarketers than live any of their lives in Irving.

tony_jeppesen
tony_jeppesen

why is it we have to kiss sports teams butts? Welfare is all it is.  

tony_jeppesen
tony_jeppesen

the cowboys are a terrible team, let them go to Waco? Who cares? They suck

bodaddle
bodaddle

Reckon they'll blow up the building?

don.abbott
don.abbott

The original sin was letting the Cowboys leave in the first place.  We got Farmers Market instead. Laura Miller was a horrible mayor, but only in the same sense that Mary Suhm was a horrible city manager, not because the Cowboys left for Tarrant County.  Who wants an 8-8 team anyway?  18 years and counting since the last Super Bowl, and with Stephen on deck, it will be at least that much longer to the next one. 

Joey Angel Avila
Joey Angel Avila

Put them anywhere they at least have a chance to win The Super Bowl o.O

Ryan Bryant
Ryan Bryant

Brian Chestnut - the Dallas Cowboys started off by playing in the Cotton Bowl. That's in Dallas. You can't go by stadium location. Or you would have 2 New Jersey football teams.

Ryan Bryant
Ryan Bryant

Brian Chestnut - did your realize there is nothing Texan about the Houston Tex-anns

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

Ryan Bryant , do you realize there is not one thing Dallas about the Dallas Cowboys?

rbeezlee
rbeezlee

Didn't Dallas take the same, "Who cares," stance where the Cowboys were concerned?  Yes, it did.  But at the time, former Observer employee Laura Miller was mayor.  Hence, there was nothing written in the "na na na na naaaa" vein of "journalism."  Then again, back then, and it wasn't all that long ago, the Observer wasn't yet totally taken over by teenagers who happen to be in adult bodies.  Go write about what you know:  Bacon, sex, derivative music, and your friends' involvement with the three aforementioned areas of expertise.  And please do take note that this advice isn't meant solely for you, dear Mr. Nichols, but also it ought to be well-heeded by the rest of your fellow employees.

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

Dallas Cowboys, Byron Nelson Open, Exxon/Mobil... It appears the only thing Irving is good at is running money out of town.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Who'd you rather...Mayor Beth Van Duyne vs. Senator Wendy Davis?

yoka
yoka

"One business doesn't define a city".

No, but blight, crime, and lack of attractive destinations do.


CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Screw the Cowboys, Irving's mayor is hotter than Frisco's.

Tony Harvot
Tony Harvot

I don't think it does matter much. The big loss was when The Death Star moved to Arlington.

Quinn Bogar
Quinn Bogar

It appears the Dallas Cowboys want nothing to do with Dallas. And vise versa!

Joe Bannon
Joe Bannon

Should I call them the Arlington Cowboys or the Frisco Cowboys now?

Jeremy Ruggaber
Jeremy Ruggaber

Lik dis is you're a strong independent texas city that don't need no sports franchise.

Christopher Cyrek
Christopher Cyrek

Seriously, though, why would they be sad? Jerry's business does nothing but suck up resources and money from the city thats hosted it. The Frisco ISD is plumping the majority of the millions for the new practice facility. Think about that. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT is paying for Jerry's new practice facility. The Cowboys are a goddamn disgrace.

Jared Culpepper
Jared Culpepper

On behalf of other Irving residents, let me say: We might suck, but at least our mayor's relatively hot.

Doug Christenson
Doug Christenson

Irving...don't lose all hope. You're still left with deteriorating blue collar neighborhoods and Hwy 183...

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

And they are losing the Byron Nelson. Not a stellar 2013 for Irving.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I asked the cats if they wanted to take an outing up to Frisco and they started hissing at me...

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

There is no "pretending" the fact that from an economic contribution the practice facility is insignifigant. The City will benefit more by taking the land currently used by the Cowboys and adding more housing.

The plate of goodies that Frisco served up in order to get this facility will not return a positive ROI. I laughed when a Frisco resident moaned about the amount of traffic the practice facility would bring, and if the streets could handle it. Yeah, all those players and coaches, plus some media people, really clog up those streets!

Does the fact the Cowboys practiced in Irving made any difference to the city in regard to how people viewed the city? did anyone ever decide to move there because the Cowboys practiced nearby? any business decide to locate their offices because the Cowboys practiced nearby? are home values higher?

No. Most people don't know that Valley Ranch is in Irving....

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@don.abbott

" The original sin was letting the Cowboys leave in the first place."

You will need to talk to the person who was the Mayor in the late 60's when the Cowboys moved to Irving.


Give it up about Laura Miller.  Talk to the Dallas County Commissioner's Court instead.

tony_jeppesen
tony_jeppesen

@don.abbott letting he cowboys go? And Arlington is a better city for the having the Cowboys?  quit drinking the Jones Kool Aid 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Two is company, three is a party.

Threeboys
Threeboys

Now if she just had Wendy Davis' boob job.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I asked the Merk If he wanted to take a outing to Myrna's pussy palace and he started cussing at me.

JFPO
JFPO

I do the same thing if someone tries to take me to Frisco.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog I'd almost be willing to wager the Dr. Pepper Star's Center in Valley Ranch made a bigger economic impact than the Cowboy's practice facility.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

@mavdog "Frisco? I don't want you goin' to Frisco at all. That place is crawlin' with teenage junkies and debutantes, and half of 'em play for the Cowboys."

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@LeroyJenkem

"One night in a disco 
On the outskirts of Frisco 
I was cruisin' with my favorite gang. 
The place was so boring 
Filled with out-of-towners touring 
I knew that it wasn't my thing.."

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