Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Update on Cowboys' scoreboard/obstruction
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
This just in from AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, who is attending Titans practice this afternoon: Coach Jeff Fisher told him the NFL's competition committee will discuss the Cowboys' 90-foot-high video board during a conference call Tuesday afternoon. Fisher, the co-chair of the committee, has indicated that something needs to be done about the video board since his free-agent rookie punter A.J. Trapasso banged a kick off the bottom of the massive screen during a preseason game at new Cowboys Stadium on Friday.
Colts GM Bill Polian, also on the competition committee, has joined Fisher in suggesting the video board needs to be moved in some fashion. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has vehemently defended the crown jewel of his new stadium by pointing out that the board met NFL specifications. Fisher and Polian obviously hold significant weight in the league, but they can only make suggestions to commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners.
He'll be the one to ultimately decide what happens. If the Cowboys indeed received approval from the league to hang the scoreboard 90-feet above the playing field, why should they have to pay for it to be raised? That's a question Goodell may have to answer at some point this week. And since he sort of enjoys having an owner who can build a $1.2 billion stadium in tough economic times, it will be interesting to see what his solution is.
Obviously, you can't have a situation where six or seven punts a season have to be repeated because of the scoreboard. The NFL wants a level playing field -- unlike baseball with its ivy at Wrigley, Green Monster in Boston and low-hanging ceilings in St. Pete. And don't forget the famed Home Run Porch at The Ballpark in Arlington. (OK, maybe that's a stretch.) No matter what happens, we'll continue to track this story.
It's certainly not the biggest story of the preseason -- but it might be the most entertaining. The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that people seem to be interested in the scoreboard controversy.