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With moves made by owner Jerry Jones this season, it is becoming increasingly clear that he is more willing to gamble on the bad seeds of the league.  The first and pretty much only guy to do this in the past was none other than Al Davis.  T.O., Tank Johnson, Pac Man, and many more.  Sure Jerry Jones and Al are friends, and maybe their similar personalities and dealings are a reason for that.  But it is becoming a little more clear that these once maverick owners are becoming a little more out of touch with the game.  The only difference in time frame is that the Cowboys have started their decline, and the Raiders have been in freefall for a while. 

Sure each team is competitive every so often, one a little moreso than the other, but they definitely have a lot of similarities.  Al Davis is the owner, and GM of the Raiders.  Jerry Jones is the owner, and GM of the Cowboys.  While running the show, Al Davis has 3 Super Bowl titles, same as Jerry Jones (Cowboys have 5 overall).  And while the Raiders haven't won a Super Bowl in 25 years, the Cowboys haven't even won a playoff game since 1996.  Both owners like to make very risky investments in free agency and the draft, and they usually don't pay off anymore.

The Cowboys are definitely a lot better off with Jones than we are with Davis (Jones just personally financed a beautiful brand new stadium, Al is too cheap to pay his coaches), with I think the Cowboys shouldn't be overlooked in terms of dysfunction or lack of success in recent years.  Organizational value is highly based on stadium value, and in term, marketability.  The Cowboys are always in the Top 3, but they do have a new stadium and have been known as "America's Team" for as long as I can remember.  The Raiders on the other hand, have recently been ranked in the bottom 5, which is reflective of the value of their stadium.  If the teams switched cities or even stadiums, it could be safe to assume that their status on the Forbes' rankings could be switched as well.  Since that can't happen, both teams will likely continue to implode, but one will be at a lot slower rate than the other.

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