Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said that he is "creating a new council committee to come up with ways to bring more pro sports franchises and events to the city and he's appointing himself the head of it," according to Everton Bailey Jr. of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The creation of the new five-member Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Sports Recruitment and Retention comes on the heels of Johnson on May 5 tweeting that he "felt Dallas needed an NFL expansion team based in the city." Johnson said that the committee would also prioritize keeping the Mavericks and Stars "playing in the city, assess the impacts" of teams like FC Dallas and the WNBA Dallas Wings "being based outside of the city, and determine if the benefits of attracting new teams outweigh the possible costs." Johnson's interim Chief of Staff Tristan Hallman said that Johnson appointed himself the head of the committee because of "his interest in the topic" and to show that the city is "serious about coming up with a cohesive strategy to capitalize on the economic development opportunities that can come with pro sports." Bailey writes Dallas is at a "disadvantage with suburban cities such as Arlington, which has available sales tax funding to build three stadiums for professional teams." Hallman said that the committee also would look into "how realistic public ownership models ... could be" and if renovations to the Cotton Bowl and Fair Park Coliseum "could support pro leagues full time" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/18).
NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN? In Dallas, Calvin Watkins writes the NFL is "not bringing another franchise to Dallas." Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones is one of the "more powerful owners in the sport, maybe all of sports," and it is "doubtful he's going to share this marketplace with another NFL team." Watkins: "The Stars and Mavericks are based in Dallas, so we believe they're fine." But Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, who is tied to American Airlines Center until '31, said, "I'd say the likelihood of us staying at the AAC right now is less than 50%." Dallas' cup is "full with its sports teams." Sure, these teams "play in other areas of Dallas-Fort Worth but there's no mistaking where a majority of the support comes from." Dallas "could host" another NBA All-Star weekend. Maybe the NHL's Winter Classic "can return to the Cotton Bowl in a few years" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/18).