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Jerry Jones: I didn’t spend $1.2 billion on a stadium not to have football

Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, chats with Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones as they arrive at the federal courthouse Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Minneapolis where the NFL and its locked-out football players continue court-ordered mediation. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

AP

There’s been plenty of talk that NFL players will need the lockout to end because they need income to keep up with their extravagant spending. But owners who have spent extravagantly on their stadiums need income, too.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones acknowledged as much, saying that with the enormous cost of his enormous new stadium he doesn’t want to miss any games.

“I expressed the incentive plan that I’m on and the Cowboys are on in this way,’' Jones said. “I didn’t spend $1.2 billion to build a stadium and not have the Cowboys playing football in it this year.’'

Jones said that so far, there hasn’t been any lost income in terms of advance sales for the 2011 season because fans still believe there will be a full 2011 season.

“In general, the response of our ticket holders, the response of our suite holders, the response of all of our constituencies have been they have been and are expecting us to play football and they’re counting on us to get it worked out so we don’t miss any playing time,’' Jones said.

But if the NFL does miss some playing time, Jones won’t be happy about his $1.2 billion stadium sitting empty.