The United States of America could be a whole lot different than it is today if President Donald Trump had decided to purchase the Dallas Cowboys back in the 1980s. Instead of being the 45th President, would he be the owner of a high-profile franchise in the NFL?
Better yet, what would Jerry Jones be doing with his life right now if he wasn’t calling the shots for Americas Team? Because Trump thought buying the Cowboys would’ve been a bad business decision at the time, he turned down the opportunity; so we’ll never know the answers to these aforementioned questions.
“I could have bought an NFL team,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Times back in 1984. “There were three or four available – that still are available, including, of course, the Dallas Cowboys.
“I could have bought an NFL club for $40 million or $50 million, but it’s established and you would just see it move laterally. Not enough to create there.”
But Trump wasn’t finished giving his two cents about the matter.
“I feel sorry for the poor guy who is going to buy the Dallas Cowboys,” Trump continued. “It’s a no-win situation for him, because if he wins, well, so what, they’ve won through the years, and if he loses, which seems likely because they’re having troubles, he’ll be known to the world as a loser.”
In 1984, Clint Murchison sold the Cowboys to Bum Bright for $85 million.
Fast forward to 1989, Jones bought the Cowboys from Bright for $140 million, and he received one hell of a return on his lofty investment, as Dallas would go on to win three Super Bowls over the course of the next seven seasons.
According to Forbes, the Cowboys are worth around $4 billion, making them the most valuable sports franchise in the world.
Seems like a smart purchase.