News Flash!

Tout Riderville is abuzz with the rumour that renegade Dallas sports franchise owners Jerry Jones (who helms the NFL’s Cowboys) and Mark Cuban (who owns the NBA’s Mavericks) are scheduled to fly into Regina later today to discuss the possibility of joining forces to build a $760 million domed stadium in the heart of downtown Regina. The stadium, which would be the new home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, would be modelled on the $1.3 billion gem (pictured) Jones built in Arlington, Texas to house his beloved ‘Boys. It opened in 2009.

Like the dome that local movers and shakers like Regina Chamber of Commerce head honcho John Hopkins, Rider CEO Jim Hobson and the Regina Hotel Association have been championing, Cowboys Stadium features a retractable roof. Because of the longer CFL field and endzones, the proposed Regina dome would actually occupy more land than Cowboys Stadium. That would boost construction costs somewhat, but that would be offset by cost savings arising from the Regina dome’s smaller size (39,000 seats vs. Cowboy Stadium’s 80,000). As well, the giant HDTV that hangs above the field (which in Arlington stretches nearly 60 yards from one 20-yard line to the other) wouldn’t be quite so big.

When contacted, officials for both Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall declined to comment on whether the rumour is true. If it is, then Jones and Cuban are supposed to fly into Regina International Airport on the latter’s private jet this afternoon to discuss specifics of the proposed project.

In building Cowboys Stadium, Jones received significant financial assistance from Arlington taxpayers. Jones and Cuban are expected to seek similar concessions from the municipal and provincial governments before committing to a deal here.

Still, the duo are said to be keen on the idea of building the stadium. Not only are they anxious to become players in Saskatchewan’s booming economy, they’re also salivating at the prospect of exploiting the natural marketing tie-in between the Cowboys, who have long been dubbed “America’s Team” because of their popularity state-side; and the Riders, who enjoy similar popularity among CFL fans in Canada.

Stay tuned for more on this story as the day unfolds.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

5 thoughts on “News Flash!”

  1. Jesus Christ man, you can’t even depend on the Prairie Dog to write a story without the word “soaring” “sizzling” or “booming” in reference to the economy. I thought the PD was supposed to represent the down and out? Clearly the PD’s grown extremely blase toward its social justice commitment. BTW, Jerry Jones, who gives a f*ck?

    Is the Prairie Dog even aware of its own rightwing bias these days? Ultimately, you’re kneejerk, reactionary and celebrity-seeking and admiring. You’ve developed the same toxic sense of self founded by Fox News.

    I can’t help but think that your finances are in shambles and that you’ll cease to exist 6 months from now? Am I right? Is that why you’ve changed into the uncaring, unthoughtful brutish lout you’ve become.

    I’m calling it: 2010, so goes SCN and the film industry; 2011, so goes the PD and O’Hanlons.

    Sigh, it was fun times while it lasted, not that I got in on any of it.

    “Booming” if you’re a PotashCorp exec. Hope PD writers like selling furniture at Continental Direct for a living.

  2. It’ll be interesting to contrast how this news will be received with the earlier Seminoles story.

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