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Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Says Focus Is on Avoiding NFL Lockout

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- National Football League owners are determined that play next season won’t be interrupted by a labor dispute, Jerry Jones said.

“Owners are committed to not having any work stoppage,” the Dallas Cowboys owner said in an interview with Bloomberg Television this afternoon.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said last month he expects owners to lock players out when the collective bargaining agreement expires following this season. Players and owners can’t agree on issues including revenue sharing, rookie pay and the length of the season.

Jones also said he rejected the opportunity to pare about $400 million from the $1.2 billion cost of the new Cowboys Stadium, which opened last season, when the recession struck. Instead, he decided to expand the project.

“The way we’re going to get out of the troubled times that we’re in is to sell our way out,” Jones said. “This stadium represents that.”

Sales of one-off seat licenses that give the right to buy a season ticket encouraged Jones not to scrimp on the building costs for the stadium, which will host the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

“It’s the best that anyone has ever done in seat licenses,” Jones said. “When I saw those going good, even though we were in the most troubled times we’d ever had in most peoples’ lifetimes, that was going good, then I kept the faith.”

The Cowboys host the National Football Conference East-leading New York Giants tonight.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net; Matt Miller in New York at mtmiller@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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