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Who owned the Dallas Cowboys before Jerry Jones?

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H.R. "Bum" Bright was the owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team before Jerry Jones. He was the owner of this team from 1984 until 1989.

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Bright purchased the team for $85 million. He had 11 partners who had limited authority in regard to the team. Bum Bright was a businessman and a well-known philanthropist. He had a degree in engineering from Texas A&M University. He also served in the Army during World War II.

Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys for $140 million. Jones immediately made changes to the structure of the team, which included firing head coach Tom Landry.

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