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Cowboys, Irving Resolve Luxury Box Dispute

February 23, 1996

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Irving officials have no problem with the Dallas Cowboys expanding city-owned Texas Stadium as long as they get a cut.

The Irving City Council voted unanimously Thursday night in favor of the team’s plan to build 21 upper-deck end zone luxury boxes by Aug. 1 _ each of which will hold between 16 and 40 people.

In exchange, the Cowboys will pay Irving 4 percent of the income from the new suites. The team also agreed to pay a percentage on income from luxury boxes added in 1993, Assistant City Manager Ralph Ellis said.

The team and city officials still are negotiating whether Irving should receive a share of owner Jerry Jones’ lucrative sponsorship deals with companies such as Pepsi, Nike, Dr Pepper, American Express and Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems.

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