The Cowboys’ video board interfered with a punt from Chris Jones during a game. USA Today reports on Aug. 25 that the ball hit the bottom of the video board, and officials forced Jones to kick again. Although he did not hit the board a second time, the Bengals took advantage of the second punt and turned it into a touchdown.
The video board at AT&T Stadium became a problem for the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game with the Cincinnati Bengals. Chris Jones hit the bottom of the board with his punt and was forced to redo it. Brandon Tate took advantage of the second punt and made a touchdown.
The video board, nicknamed the Jerrytron, has rarely been hit before. The scoreboard is located 90 feet above the field, so hits are rare. The Cowboys claim 2009 was the previous time it occurred during a preseason game. There will be no changes made to the board since this is considered an isolated incident.
Video boards have been getting larger at stadiums, and the Dallas Cowboys no longer have the honor of claiming their board is the biggest in the NFL. The Houston Texans recently revealed the longest board in the NFL. The boards at Reliant Stadium cover 14,549 square feet while the ones at AT&T Stadium cover 11,520 square feet. Although the rivalry among stadiums will mean board size will continue to increase, it appears there are consequences to the ongoing expansions.