Want to watch a billionaire lie through his teeth? Check out this 60 Minutes Overtime interview of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as he tries to convince Steve Kroft that a.) NFL owners want to avoid a lockout in 2011, b.) player salaries are killing the NFL’s business model, and c.) they’re going through this mess for the sake of the fans. How does that much gall even fill the football cathedral he built?
What I want to know is why Kroft didn’t ask Jones if league owners would pocket $4 billion from TV networks regardless of whether the NFL season happened or not, a key element of this story that went completely ignored in this report. Was it Jones’ lawyers who but the kibosh on that question — or was it CBS’ lawyers, who didn’t want that question asked for fear that the NFL would refuse to do business with CBS in the future? Given the negative reaction in England to the BBC’s investigative report on corruption in FIFA, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see a major corporation stifle press freedom for the sake of maintaining access with a valued business partner — even if it ends up paying that partner a billion dollars and getting absolutely nothing in return.