Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he will probably make a Super Bowl bid in the future, but might think better of it if will cost the Cowboys a home game to be played in London instead, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
NFL owners voted last week to tie London games to Super Bowl bids, beginning with Super Bowl LIII following the 2018 season.
"That will put a difficult caveat to our bid," Jones said on his weekly radio show. "That’s pretty limiting, and our home games are so important to us at this time, I’m not for sure how we’ll handle a bid. We’ll make a bid for a Super Bowl in the future, but that’s a head scratcher if I would do it at a cost of a home game."
The Cowboys play the Jaguars in London on Nov. 9, but Jacksonville is the one giving up a home game. Jones said Dallas would not be playing that game if the Cowboys were the ones who had to.
Super Bowl sites are set through 2018—this season’s Super Bowl will be played at University of Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz., followed by games in Santa Clara, Calif., Houston and Minneapolis. Those hosts will not be tied to the London requirement.
Future hosts of Super Bowl will reportedly have a five-year window during which they will be required to give up one home game in order to play in London.
The NFL is also adding an incentive of $1 million in addition to the lost-revenue payment teams currently get to any team voluntarily giving up a home game to play “host” to a game in London.
Three regular season games are being played in London this season, including a game between the Lions and Falcons on Sunday.
- Phil Watson