DFW Hot Button: Dallas Cowboys Jerry-Tron / Scoreboard Do Over Rule

August 28, 2009 by
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(This is the first edition of a new feature here at DSF that we are calling the “Hot Button.” We are calling it that for two reasons. First, because it will involve me or someone else analyzing an important, potentially controversial topic that is germane to Dallas sports discussion. Second, and perhaps most importantly, it is sponsored by our good friends at American Button Machines, the button maker capital of the Internet. See the connection? I figured you would. Now onto this week’s Hot Button…)

    Scoreboard / Video Screen / Jerry-Tron Measurements:

  • Largest high definition television screen in the world.
  • Size: 160 feet by 72 feet | 49 meters by 22 meters | 11,520 square feet
  • Resolution: equivalent to 1080p

The Dallas Cowboys Massive HD Screen or Jumbo-tron / Scoreboard has been quite the hot button topic in the media as of late. Is the screen high enough, some say yes (Jerry Jones included), and others are saying the Jumbo-tron needs to be raised. The NFL guidelines for this are that it must be at least 85 feet in the air, and the Jumbotron hangs at 90 feet. So, Jerry Jones, the Jumbo-tron, or the Dallas Cowboys should not be at fault because the NFL’s height requirements were not very well thought out. That said, instead of moving the massive HD screen up, which has been reported to make it inoperable the NFL has instead created a special rules.

Pro Football Talk / NBC Sports has announced that the new rule for the Jumbo-Tron / Scoreboard at Cowboys Stadium is as follows:

1. If a ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot.

2. If there is not an on-field ruling that the ball struck an object, the Replay Assistant is empowered to initiate a booth review, including if the event occurs prior to the two-minute warning. If, prior to the two-minute warning, no booth review is initiated by the Replay Assistant, a coach’s challenge is permitted under the customary procedures for such a challenge.

3. In the event the down is replayed: (a) The game clock will be reset to the time remaining when the snap occurred. (b) All penalties will be disregarded, except for personal fouls which will be administered prior to replaying the down.

So it is definitely safe to say that the massive HD Jumbo-tron at Jerry world will not be going anywhere except for the U2 concert in October when the Cowboys Jumbotron will be disconnected and raised to make room for their stage lighting. See U2 live at Cowboys Stadium! Tickets Available on

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7 Responses to “DFW Hot Button: Dallas Cowboys Jerry-Tron / Scoreboard Do Over Rule”

  1. Jeremy Thompson on September 22nd, 2009 11:59 am

    You know, i really love the dallas cowboys, I have been a fan for years. I love the new stadium, and I think they will do amazing things in it. I really believe Tony Romo is a good QB, but isn’t a great one. You have a pup leading some bulldogs. I think Jerry needs to keep Romo, but he has to get someone in there that can put points on the board, and who can lead the team to victory. I watched the game against the Giants and Eli, was scared or nervous, Tony was shaking like a leaf. Now i know Tony has a lot of pressure, but i think they are going to have to change QB or Tony going have to step up and play. Because, I don’t see them winning a title again until something dramatic changes.

  2. Matt Lawrence on September 22nd, 2009 12:58 pm

    I agree that Romo needs to step up, but remember all the years with the Quincy Carter’s and Drew Henson’s of the world before we try to find another QB. It took a while for even Peyton Manning to start winning in the playoffs and under pressure.

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  5. corey on December 15th, 2010 11:28 pm

    if i have a 50 inch plasma, what would that make your jumbotron, i know the length and the width but what would that make yours in comparison i would really like to know

  6. Matt Lawrence on December 17th, 2010 11:16 am

    TV’s size is measured diagonally across the screens surface, so the Cowboys screen is 1920″ x 864″, so after using the Pythagorean theorem I came up with the approximate number 2,105″.

    So if my calculations are correct the Cowboys Jumbotron is the equivalent to a 2,105 inch TV!

  7. Gregg Koke on February 6th, 2011 9:37 am

    So basically, When you have shelled out hundreds to be at the game you will be able to see exactly what the poor saps at home are watching? Oh wait, the people at home are the smart ones actually!!