FRISCO - Over the course of Jerry Jones' ownership of the Dallas Cowboys the franchise has boomed as the most valuable sports franchise in the world, valued at $5.25 billion. The 78-year old multi-billionaire bought the team for $150 million in 1989 and has become one of America's most well-known sports celebrities.
Considering all that visibility and three Super Bowl trophies, where does Jones rank among the best and worst owners in the NFL?
According to a new study by BonusFinder, Jones is the 8th-best owner in the league, based on stadium facilities, team investment, average active cash, Super Bowl wins and stadium relocations.
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The Rooney Family, owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers, topped the study. Overall, the Rooney Family had the best five-year value growth and salary-cap spend over the last 10 seasons.
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The biggest difference between the Rooney Family and Jones are five-year win percentage and Super Bowl championships. Comparing the two: the Cowboys have three Super Bowl rings with a 57.5 percent regular-season win percentage of the last five years; the Steelers have six Super Bowl rings with a 66.3 percent regular-season win percentage of the last five years.
The Cowboys/Jones did edge out the Steelers in one category: Number of five-star stadium reviews. The state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium, home for “America’s Team”, was built for $1.2 billion in 2009.
The study reports that only one stadium tops AT&T Stadium in terms of five-star reviews … Lambeau Field.
The Green Bay Packers, the only publicly-owned franchise in the NFL, came in as the second-best NFL owners. Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots rounded off the top three with much thanks to on-field success and six Super Bowl titles.
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown was comfortably named the worst owner in the league, according to the study.