Jones Didn't See MNF End, Calls Competitive Balance "Great"

Jerry Jones turned off Monday Night Football at about halftime, and didn't see the controversial ending between the Packers and Seahawks.

He evidently missed the social media outcry and lambasting the league took from its television partners at ESPN as well. During his regular weekly appearance on the team's flagship radio station, The Fan (105.3-FM in Dallas), Jones said he hasn't gotten any calls about the officiating in the game.

"I just read a little note in the paper that the Seahawks pulled it out, and boy, that's an impressive Seahawk team," Jones said. "That's a rough place to play and it shows what that defense will do. I sure am impressed with how the Seahawks were playing, particularly impressed with how they played in that first half."

Jones' Cowboys lost 27-7 in Seattle in Week 2. They then quite likely benefitted from a blown call in the third quarter against Tampa Bay on Sunday, when an official ruled Tony Romo down by contact before a fumble that was recovered by Bucs cornerback Eric Wright. The ruling was reversed, giving Tampa Bay possession, but Wright would've scored on the play if not for the early whistle.

The team owner has been one of the most vocal holdouts in the league's labor dispute with its officials, telling The Fan in August that the consistency of the officiating is all that matters.

"The important people — the players, the coaches, the fans — they'll all be there," Jones said. "The officials who are out there are going to make mistakes, but believe you me, the officials who would be there if we got this resolved would make mistakes."

Even in the face of the most visible officiating controversy of the young season, Jones is underscoring the positives. He called the league's competitive balance "exciting." "It gives us a lot to talk about on our shows," Jones said. "Fundamentally, when I look at where the league is over the first three ballgames, it's great. We have a lot of competition."

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