Donald Trump Bragged About NOT Buying the Dallas Cowboys for $40-Million in 1984

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Donald Trump likes to brag. But often, the stuff he brags about isn’t necessarily stuff to be proud of. For instance, in 1984, a New York Times piece discussed his involvement in the USFL, and they got him on record saying that he had the opportunity to buy several NFL teams at the bargain-basement price of about $40 million.

Here’s what the piece said, with quotes from President Trump included:

“I could have bought an NFL team,” he continued. “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 the Generals, he thought, were different. The league is in its infancy and could even be profitable — given that the less than $10 million he bought it for could help build a team that, he hopes, could challenge the NFL, and thereby be worth in the neighborhood of $50 million.

“I feel sorry for the poor guy who is going to buy the Dallas Cowboys. 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.”

Don’t shed too many tears for the people who bought the Cowboys. The person who did buy them after Trump’s comments, Harvey Bright, sold them to Jerry Jones for $150 million five years later. Jerry’s held onto them since, and the franchise is now valued at $4 billion, the most in sports.

Trump’s best known for insisting the USFL go head-to-head in the fall against the NFL, rather than sticking to its spring schedule. Sadly, the league folded the next year.

Who’s feeling sorry for whom?

Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]



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