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Cowboys President Stephen Jones: There is a 99.9% Chance The NFL Season Starts On Time

Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan Monday that he thinks that the season will begin on time.

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What's the percentage that the season will actually begin on 9/11 with Dallas taking on the New York Jets?:

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"Right now I feel like it's 99.9. We feel like there's going to be football; we feel like it's going to be uninterrupted. We're positive that, as we move forward here and these things play out, we'll ultimately have a deal."

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That opinion came prior to Monday afternoon's ruling to lift the lockout and is the most positive response from an NFL exec thus far. (See SB Nation's take on Judge Susan Nelson's ruling here.)

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Jones also commented on how he sees the internal process at Valley Ranch:

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Who gets the final say on picks in the draft?:

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"We really try to get a consensus. It's not one guy just saying, ‘This is the way we're going to go' or Jerry counting on one guy. We really try to work it between the scouts, the coaching staff, Jason, myself, Jerry, the medical staff. ... If you get into a situation where you have a divided room ... then obviously Jerry breaks that tie."

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See the highlights of the interview here, or listen to the entire interview here.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.