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August 27, 2013

When bigger is not always better; Jerry Jones prefers his video board to the Texans' new twin boards

In the their latest attempt to get out from under the massive shadow of the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans have new twin Mitsubishi-made video boards at Reliant Stadium that will become the largest in the NFL.

The twin scoreboards are 277 feet by 52 feet, for a total of 14,549 square feet each, surpassing Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ pride and joy center hung videoboard at AT&T Stadium and its dimensions of 180 feet by 72 feet.

Jones was asked about Houston trumping his board on his weekly radio show Tuesday, just in time for the Governor’s Cup preseason matchup between the Cowboys and Texans on Thursday.

Jones said he’s not going to get uptight about it because he’s fond of Texans owner Bob McNair and the city of Houston, especially considering he remembers a time when the Cowboys had "as many fans in Houston as Houston did."

“If somebody is going to say that, it’s good it’s Houston,” Jones said in his magnanimous best.

Jones also conveniently pointed out that bigger is not always better and he believes that the case here. Houston’s video board is on the end while Jones’ center hung board is more fan friendly.

And while Houston’s usable scoreboard space is larger, the part used for live action video and replays is smaller than in Dallas, where the dimensions are closer to a traditional 16-by-9 home television format.

“There is a big difference on one down on the end as oppose to one down the middle, big difference in terms of impact and amenity for our fans,” Jones said. “And there is a big difference when you count all the square footage of video out there significantly at our stadium.”

Clarence Hill

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