The Dallas Cowboys officially have the world’s largest video board, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The question now is, as I’ve noted before, whether this ups the ante for other NFL teams’ stadium demands. Peter Callaghan of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders today whether Cowboys Stadium could be “the first stadium of the next round” of stadium extortion in the NFL.
“Every time a new stadium or arena opens it has something new that everyone else wants,” notes some guy with a website to Callaghan. Sports economist Rod Fort counters that not every market could really support a 100,000-person capacity stadium or the world’s largest video board; but then, keep in mind that Fort is also the one who once quipped to me: “I don’t see anything wrong, from an owner’s perspective, with the idea of a new stadium every year.”