My Plates, the Texas state license plate contractor, recently published a report suggesting that Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and financier T. Boone Pickens may engage in a bidding war for the specialty "Cowboys" license plate, which will be put up for auction by the state in a special event this Fall.
However, each of the men reported to be interested has since disputed the story.
The reason for Jones' alleged interest is obvious; Pickens' is almost as obvious, as a graduate of and (very) generous donor to Oklahoma State University--the Cowboys. At any rate, they are reportedly not interested in taking their allegiances to their bumpers.
Per the Dallas Morning News, Pickens spokesman Jay Rosser said that My Plates gave them a sort of heads-up prior to the announcement of the auction, but "to my recollection, we gave them no indication Boone was interested in bidding."
Cowboys' spokesman Brett Daniels refused to discuss the auction in any detail, but indicated that Jones would not pursue the vanity plate.
"Our goal," he said, "is to get this plate in the hands of our biggest fan."
When asked about the disputed reports, My Plates spokesperson Kim Miller Drummond sidestepped the question, saying only that "the overriding truth [is] that the My Plates program generates badly needed revenue for the state without costing the state a dime."