Cowboys' Stephen Jones appointed to NFL competition committee

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones has joined the NFL's competition committee, a prestigious post previously held by his father, Jerry Jones, and longtime team president Tex Schramm.

The appointment came from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and was announced Thursday. Jones fills the post vacated when Mark Richardson resigned as president of the Carolina Panthers.

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Cowboys executive Stephen Jones is joining the NFL competition committee.

The committee is co-chaired by Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay. Other members include Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, New York Giants president John Mara, Baltimore Ravens executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian and Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith.

Each year, the group recommends rules changes to the entire ownership group at the NFL's annual spring meeting.

"This is both an honor and a great responsibility," Stephen Jones said. "I look forward to having the opportunity to contribute."

One issue that might come before the committee is the height of the video boards at Cowboys Stadium. The league has tabled any action on that topic until after this season.

Jones, 45, has helped run the Cowboys since his father bought the team in 1989.

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