Originally Jerry “Big Money” Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989, for $140 million dollars. Talk about a return on your investment! Other teams that are in the billion dollar range but not close to the Cowboys are the New England Patriots at $1.63 billion, the Washington Redskins at $1.6 billion, the New York Giants at $1.43 billion and in fifth place, the Houston Texan at $1.3 billion. Money, money, money in the NFL and it doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. Forbes reports, “that there are at least 20 teams in the NFL worth $1 billion dollars.” The only sports team worth more than the Dallas Cowboys is Manchester United, a soccer team in the U.K., valued at $2.23 billion dollars. As my son would say, “that a lot of cheese.”
Jerry Jones took a team that was worth millions in the 1980′s, and turned it into a team worth billions in less than thirty years. As you know, Jerry is great with making and spending money. Let’s see if his investments in players over the off season and in the 2012 NFL Draft will yield some big returns in the post season. Just like with most investments, you have to be patient and wait. Not to mention, there’s always external factors determining whether or not you’ll get a big return. In the Cowboy’s case, some of those factors have been competing in a very competitive NFC East, injuries, problems on defense, a revolving door for coaches, and inconsistent quarterback play. However, if the first game of the Cowboy’s 2012 season is any indication of how our investment is doing, maybe, just maybe at the end of the season, Cowboy fans, we’ll see the biggest return of all. The Cowboys getting into the Super Bowl!