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Donald Trump Had The Chance To Buy The Dallas Cowboys For $50 Million – Today They’re Worth $6.5 Billion

Can you picture ignoring the chance to earn billions of dollars? When Donald Trump decided not to purchase the Dallas Cowboys in 1983, he did exactly that.



All of us have made choices that have ended up costing us. Perhaps you skipped a trip with your buddies or booked an apartment that ended up being a nightmare. Even little choices, like what to have for supper, can leave us feeling as though we have failed ourselves.

They were also up for sale, as Cowboys founder Clint Murchinson Jr. was looking for an interested buyer. one of his intended victims? President Trump. The $50 million asking price for Murchison. If Trump came up with $50 million, a figure he should have easily been able to afford, he would have owned the Cowboys.

Unfortunately for Donald, he passed on the offer. He left behind the following remarks:

“I have sympathy for the unfortunate person who will purchase the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a no-win situation for him, because if he wins, well, so what, they’ve won through the years, and if he loses, which seems likely because they’re having troubles, he’ll be known to the world as a loser.”

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Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

To Trump’s credit, once Bright purchased the Cowboys, they did struggle. They had a losing record for three straight years after making the playoffs in Bright’s first season as owner. The humiliation reached its zenith in 1988 with a 3-13 record.

Bright quickly lost interest in the group. He also lost an estimated $29 million during the savings and loan crisis of the 80s and 90s. The Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation acquired the team and loan, forcing Bright to sell. Jerry Jones paid $140 million for the franchise in February 1989.

Today, the Cowboys are worth $6.5 billion. In professional sports, they are the most valuable group of players.

The franchise would be worth $6.5 billion today if he had paid $50 million for it in 1983, representing a 13,000 percent profit.