DALLAS -- The Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday suspended
negotiations with Dallas County to build a new stadium in Fair Park
because of differing vision for the stadium, the team's political
Rob Allyn, the team's media consultant, said he would brief
reporters on the decision later Tuesday but said team owner Jerry
Jones would not comment.
"Despite efforts by all parties to reach an agreement, in
recent weeks it has become apparent that the team and Dallas County
are too far apart for future negotiations to be fruitful," said
the team's statement, issued by Allyn.
The Dallas Morning News reported on its Web site that county
officials appeared shocked by the news, saying they believed
negotiations were just beginning.
"We have asked to look at some information relating to the
activities and volumes at the existing stadium," said Allen
Clemson, administrator for county commissioners. "That is as far
as we have gotten. Certainly we were far apart, but too far apart?
I feel it was premature to say that."
The team announced in May that it wanted to build a $650 million
stadium in Fair Park with $425 million in public funds. The club
set a deadline of June 30 for completing negotiations. County
commissioners said that date was artificial and unreasonable.
Under the Cowboys' proposal, the county commissioners would have
called for a 3 percent hotel-occupancy tax and 6 percent rental-car
tax. The Cowboys wanted the new taxes on the November ballot for
voters to consider.
County Judge Margaret Keliher said Tuesday, before the Cowboys'
announcement, that she didn't think the team was serious about
building a stadium in Fair Park.
"It seems difficult to believe that they are going to Fair Park
if they have only given us three pieces of paper and the deadline
is June 30," Keliher told The News.
Fair Park, home of the State Fair of Texas, is where the Cowboys
started out in 1960. They moved to Texas Stadium in the Dallas
suburb of Irving in 1971.