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Dallas mayor hints at bringing Chiefs to Cowboys territory after stadium vote fails

The Kansas City Chiefs’ future is up for grabs after the failure of a ballot measure to fund renovations for Arrowhead Stadium, and Dallas is apparently interested. Dallas mayor Eric Johnson tweeted “Welcome home, Dallas Texans!” plus a smiling emoji Tuesday night, with a link to an article about how Question 1 in Johnson County

Dallas mayor hints at bringing Chiefs to Cowboys territory after stadium vote fails

Jack Baer

The Kansas City Chiefs‘ future is up for grabs after the failure of a ballot measure to fund renovations for Arrowhead Stadium, and Dallas is seemingly .

Dallas mayor Eric Johnson tweeted “Welcome house, Dallas Texans!” plus a smiling emoji Tuesday evening, with a hyperlink to an article about how Query 1 in Johnson County didn’t cross by a measure of 58%-42%. The measure would have prolonged a gross sales tax to fund the Arrowhead renovations in addition to a brand new stadium for the Kansas Metropolis Royals.

Johnson threw in a hashtag for the Cotton Bowl, the stadium the place he would need the Chiefs to maneuver.

Johnson expanded on his curiosity in a statement to The Dallas Morning News the subsequent day, insisting there was room sufficient for 2 franchises within the Dallas-Fort Price space, even when a kind of groups is the Dallas Cowboys:

“Dallas was named the highest sports activities metropolis in the USA as a result of we play to win,” Johnson mentioned in an announcement Wednesday to The Dallas Morning Information, referencing final 12 months’s Sports activities Enterprise Journal greatest sports activities cities rating.

“As I’ve mentioned beforehand, our market is sufficiently big, rising sufficient, and loves soccer greater than sufficient to help a second NFL workforce — particularly a franchise (and an proprietor) with deep roots right here.”

The Chiefs did not make any overt threats to go away Kansas City if Query 1 didn’t cross, although they and the Royals did spend hundreds of thousands of {dollars} trying to persuade voters their stadiums had been price billions in public funds.

Now, their path ahead is unclear. The Chiefs are sure by their lease at Arrowhead Stadium via 2031.

This is not the primary time Johnson has known as for a second NFL workforce within the DFW space, somewhat than any variety of metropolitan areas that do not have a workforce (the Cowboys are positioned in Arlington, exterior his jurisdiction). He tweeted a pitch for an expansion team in June 2022, then offered a new home for the Los Angeles Chargers a month later.

One one who hasn’t been a fan of the concept: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 07:  Exterior view of the stadium before the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on September 7, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Chiefs aren’t transferring to Dallas, however the metropolis’s mayor can dream. (Photograph by Wesley Hitt/Getty Photographs)

Clearly, the Chiefs aren’t transferring to Dallas, for any variety of causes. The concept of any NFL workforce, particularly a workforce with native ties and historical past just like the Chiefs, transferring to an space the place they’d be second banana to the most well-liked and invaluable franchise in American sports activities is impractical to the purpose of comedy. The NFL itself additionally most likely would not be a fan of needlessly shrinking its footprint and concurrently drawing the ire of Jones.

It is unclear what Johnson thinks he’ll accomplish by pushing for this. One group with a greater probability, nevertheless, is true throughout the state border of the Chiefs’ present house.

Kansas is extra more likely to be Chiefs’ vacation spot than Dallas

The Kansas City Star experiences that former Kansas Home Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. is working with different events to lure the Chiefs from the Missouri facet of Kansas Metropolis to Kansas. He defined it with the kind of tortured puns that would make Scott Boras blush:

“Jackson County fumbled. Now there might be a mad scramble for the ball and we’re in the perfect place for a scoop and rating,” Ryckman mentioned in a textual content message to The Star.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has additionally expressed an curiosity within the concept.

Clearly, the perfect final result on this for the Chiefs entails a bidding struggle between two states that does not require them to alter metro areas. There are nonetheless a number of years earlier than a transfer might be made, however the failure of Query 1 on Tuesday might be seen because the opening bell of a struggle between native governments.

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