Monday News & Notes

Bob Hayes is going into the Hall of Fame this year, after all. Just not the Pro Football Hall off Fame. Hayes, who passed away in 2002, was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame at the annual ceremony on the Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas.

Hayes Elected to the Hall
Hayes was represented by his brother Earnest, and several other family members who made the trip from Jacksonville, Florida.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame, which now has more than 260 inductees, presented Hayes with a short video highlight film, featuring some of Hayes' greatest accomplishments, with the Cowboys as well as his Olympic feats.

Hayes was one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, and actually made the cut to the final six, along with the former teammate Rayfield Wright, a six-time Pro Bowl tackle for the Cowboys.

But the Hall of Fame selection committee, a panel of 39 sports writers, only selected four inductees, leaving both Hayes and Wright off the list, once again.

Hayes becomes just seventh former Cowboys player to make the Texas Hall, joining Troy Aikman, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Mel Renfro, Randy White and Bob Lilly. Former head coaches Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson, and former general manager Tex Schramm have also been inducted.

New Stadium Comes at Price
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hopes to use public funds for a new stadium, with an estimated price tag of $650 million, but he is drawing some opposition.

Members of the group called No Jones Tax is protesting raising the taxes to help build retractable-roof stadium as part of the $1 billion, year-round entertainment development to replace Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.

The Cowboys' unofficial proposal would add a 6 percent tax to car rental bills in Dallas County. A 3 percent tax would be added to existing taxes on hotel bills, giving Dallas the highest hotel tax rate in the country, according to the Hotel Association of Greater Dallas. Dallas-based cosmetics company Mary Kay and some other businesses have said the tax would keep them from holding conventions in the city.

"We just hope that the citizens of Dallas County, including this group, will hold their judgment until the local elected officials who are good, fiscally conservative stewards of the taxpayers' money have had the opportunity to negotiate what we believe will be an economically win-win deal for the citizen of Dallas County," Cowboys consultant Rob Allyn said.

Quote to Note
"I think it was like a shot in the arm for us -- a much needed shot in the arm. He brought discipline, he brought accountability, and he brought a track record as a winner and a no-nonsense, all-business type of attitude. It's paid off for us." -- Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover on Bill Parcells' impact on the Cowboys.

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