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Will Dallas/Fort Worth get another Super Bowl?

February, 3, 2014
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New York Giants co-owner, John Mara said Sunday he would like the New York/New Jersey region to host another Super Bowl.

Outside of overcrowded lines at a New Jersey subway station where several fans collapsed due to the crowded conditions, concerns leading up to the game about the weather, Seattle's blowout victory against Denver and pretty much everything else, it went well.


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The next available year for a city to host the big game is 2019.

But should the Dallas/Fort Worth area try to get in the mix again? The NFL decides which cities can bid for Super Bowls and the Dallas/Fort Worth area hasn't been given indications it should.

Glendale, Ariz., will host the Super Bowl next year with Santa Clara, Calif., and Houston getting the games after that. As far as 2018, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minnesota are bidding for that year.

AT&T Stadium, then called Cowboys Stadium, hosted Super Bowl XLV between Pittsburgh and Green Bay. The Dallas/Fort Worth area was hit by a historic ice storm as Super Bowl week started and a snow blizzard two days before the game.

On game day it was sunny skies, but there was a seating problem in which more than 1,000 temporary seats weren't completed on time for the game. Several fans were forced to watch the game from standing room only areas or were seated elsewhere.

The Super Bowl in the Dallas/Fort Worth area was considered a financial success. According to the Dallas Morning News, spending from the Super Bowl reached between $200 and $250 million according to estimates by Planalytics, a business weather intelligence firm in Pennsylvania.

Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers also noted direct spending could push it to $200 million.

Knowing the financial success it generated and how Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a close relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, it might be time for Dallas/Fort Worth to get in the mix again.

What hurt Dallas/Fort Worth were the weather problems and how poorly the state officials handled the icy roads. The stadium seating, which led to a lawsuit, didn't make the league or the Cowboys look good regardless of who made mistakes surrounding it.

The apparent success of Sunday's game in an outside stadium on the East Coast will prompt other NFL owners to lobby for their cities, such as Philadelphia and maybe Landover, Md., to host the game.

AT&T Stadium is one of the best venues in the league if not all of sports in North America and it should be given another chance.

When is the big question.

Mail call! Are injuries bugging you?

July, 26, 2013

Well, that was a pretty eventful first week of training camp for the Dallas Cowboys.

Dez Bryant has been the star of Cowboys training camp and Michael Irvin weighed in on the new No. 88 with Tim MacMahon.

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They've lost one player (Tyrone Crawford) for the season, have been bitten by a very aggressive injury bug (too many players to name), have some players pondering their future (Miles Austin) while others try to live up to expectations (Dez Bryant). Oh, and there's the rebranding of the Cowboys' home in Arlington to AT&T Stadium.

So, as the Cowboys steamroll toward the Hall of Fame Game, we want to know what's on your mind.

We're asking you guys to weigh in. What concerns you? What about the team do you like? What are your expectations?

You can let us know by hitting up the mailbag today. Calvin Watkins will answer your questions on this blog Sunday so get them in quickly.

What's in a name? Ask Jerry Jones

July, 25, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- For the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Cowboys have chosen cash over cachet, and it's hard to blame them.

As their $1.2 billion home begins its fifth football season, it will now be known as AT&T Stadium, and no longer Cowboys Stadium, as part of a deal with the telecommunications company.

Tim MacMahon joins Richard Durrett and Landry Locker from Oxnard, Calif., to discuss the latest news from Cowboys training camp.

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Whatever AT&T has paid the Cowboys for the naming rights, it will be significant and obviously a lot better than the $0 they received in the stadium's first four years.

But when you said Cowboys Stadium, people knew what it was, if not necessarily where it was. With AT&T Stadium, will everybody immediately know what and where it is? Maybe.

Think about the most famous stadiums or arenas across the country. Yankee Stadium doesn't have a naming-rights deal. Fenway Park, Lambeau Field, Soldier Field and the Rose Bowl are iconic and without naming-rights deals.

Do people know the difference between the American Airlines Center and AmericanAirlines Arena?

From 1960 to 1971, the Cowboys called the Cotton Bowl home. Early in the 1971 season, they moved to Texas Stadium in Irving, where they remained until 2008.

They have called Cowboys Stadium in Arlington home since 2009.

Already the most-valued NFL franchise and the fifth-highest-valued franchise in the world, according to Forbes Magazine, maybe this deal will push the Cowboys ($2.1 billion) back into the top three ahead of the New York Yankees ($2.3 billion) and FC Barcelona ($2.6 billion).

This isn't to blame owner and general manager Jerry Jones for doing what he's doing. He's the NFL's best marketer, and it had to pain him to not have a naming-rights deal for so long. The economy was terrible when the stadium opened but has gotten better. He put a lot of his own money into the stadium and has a debt that he has to pay off -- and he is supposedly close to paying it all off if he wants to do so.

Some of the in-fighting among NFL owners over the years has been about teams' inability to sell. Legend has it that Jones famously told Cincinnati owner Mike Brown to come up with a naming-rights deal for his stadium if he wanted more money. The Bengals' home is known as Paul Brown Stadium, named after the franchise's founder.

There was some irony when Jones could not sell the name for the price he wanted, putting him in the same company with Brown.

So now Jones and AT&T have come up with an agreement.

But will you call it AT&T Stadium? Or has Cowboys Stadium earned its way into the lexicon?

Cowboys Stadium turf gets face-lift

June, 11, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- If the Cowboys wanted to get out of the heat for their three-day minicamp that starts Tuesday, they would not be able to use Cowboys Stadium.

The team is replacing the field at the stadium because of wear and tear since the $1.2 billion stadium opened in 2009. With the number of events at Cowboys Stadium and the times the field has been rolled up and stored, it was beginning to fray in areas.

While the artificial turf that is used and how it is stored will continue to be handled the same way, how it is being assembled will change in hopes for a longer shelf life. The old field was put together with a series of patches required for all the markings on the field. With the new field, a hole will be trimmed to the base of the field and the section will be glued, mostly eliminating the seams.

The Cowboys will look to replace their college and high school field in the future but nothing has been finalized.

The team has talked about using the old turf to create a third field at the Valley Ranch practice facility but is somewhat hesitant about that because of the uncertain future there. The Cowboys have had discussions about moving their training complex to Frisco, Arlington or a different venue in Irving.

Cowboys open up stadium for Father's Day event

June, 10, 2013
The Cowboys will host a Father's Day on the Field Rally Day on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature appearances by former players Everson Walls, Leon Lett and Chad Hennings and the Cowboys cheerleaders.

Team mascot Rowdy will also be in attendance and two Minions from the movie "Despicable Me 2" will also make a special appearance. There will be activities set up for kids, and photo opportunities with the Super Bowl trophies will also be available.

Fans who attend will get free parking and a tour of Cowboys Stadium.

Tours of Cowboys Stadium will be open with free parking at the stadium through the end of the day with the purchase of a tour ticket. Rally Day tickets are included with the price of self-guided tours, which are available for purchase at the box office ($17.50 for adults and $14.50 for children/seniors, subject to availability).
IRVING, Texas -- As Cowboys Stadium nears its fourth birthday at the end of the month, owner and general manager Jerry Jones is in no rush to finally have a naming rights deal.

Nate Newton joins Galloway & Company to discuss the latest news from the Cowboys' rookie minicamp.

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“I’ve always known that it will fit when it fits,” Jones said.

San Francisco reached a 20-year, $220 million naming rights deal to call its new home Levi’s Stadium earlier this week.

Ford, Miller, Pepsi and AT&T have big sponsorship deals within Cowboys Stadium. Jones said the team continues to have discussions with companies, but he does not sound in a hurry.

“It’s very important to us to have the quality and the kind of cache I’m talking about with the company we’d associate with,” Jones said. “I’m pretty proud of the Cowboys, as you know. I’ve got a pretty high bar standard of who we would want to be almost associated with for the rest of time.”
IRVING, Texas – Thanks to a 20-year deal for $220 million, San Francisco’s new home will be called Levi’s Stadium.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett discuss the latest Cowboys news, including DeMarco Murray's running style, Miles Austin's new exercise routine and Jason Hatcher's confidence in the defensive line.

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By the end of the month, Cowboys Stadium will turn 4 and it has yet to be given a corporate name.

Since taking over the Dallas Cowboys, owner and general manager Jerry Jones has monetized just about everything surrounding his organization. However, the item that could bring Jones the most money is still for sale: naming rights.

But does it matter?

The franchise was recently valued at $2.1 billion, according to Forbes Magazine's rankings. What the Cowboys take in from sponsors like Ford, AT&T, Miller and Pepsi is most likely worth more than most stadium naming rights’ deals.

There’s a cache to Cowboys Stadium now. The same way there is a cache to Yankee Stadium.

Cowboys Stadium is a destination spot. The first college football national championship game will be played there in 2015. The NCAA Final Four will be there next March. It has hosted one Super Bowl and will receive others. The Cotton Bowl calls the stadium home. Major college football games come to the stadium each year. So do major international soccer games. The NBA All-Star Game was played there, setting an attendance record.

Could a sponsor’s name one day come to Cowboys Stadium? Sure, but the longer it goes, the more Cowboys Stadium gets seared into the brain to the point where a corporate name might not matter.

Here’s what Jones had to say about naming rights in 2011 after AEG and Farmer’s Insurance entered into a massive agreement for a proposed stadium that appears to likely never be built:

“I have always said that unless we are ready in the right way with the right partner, then Cowboys Stadium is the way we want it. Never had naming rights on Texas Stadium either, because I wanted the focus to be more on the Cowboys and the team. ... I must say to you that I feel good that our stadium and the comments that will be made about the stadium, the visual images of the stadium, that it will be referred to as Cowboys Stadium.”

North Texas' Super Bowl chances getting boost?

May, 7, 2013
Let's be honest, the historic winter storms that hit North Texas for Super Bowl XLV didn't leave a good impression with people that visited the area in 2011 for the Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers contest.

On the day of the game at Cowboys Stadium, the weather was beautiful -- clear skies, not a storm cloud in the sky -- but the seating fiasco caused embarrassment and brought on a lawsuit. It raised serious questions about North Texas' chances at hosting another Super Bowl, much less Super Bowl L. Of course, North Texas can because XLV was deemed a financial success.

Fast forward to what's happening in Miami.

The Florida Speaker of the House blocked a bill giving the citizens of Miami-Dade County the ability to vote on public funding of upgrades to Sun Life Stadium.

It appears doubtful that Miami is going to be awarded one of the two upcoming Super Bowls -- L and LI -- that don't yet have a site.

Where does this leave North Texas?

Miami was poised to submit a bid for one of these two title games, but it appears Santa Clara, Calif., and Houston, are in position to get Super Bowl L and LI. With Miami having funding troubles for upgrades, maybe North Texas moves ahead of Miami for future games.

Cowboys Stadium is hosting the Final Four, college football's national title game and other major events. The seating issue seems forgotten, and maybe North Texas is back in play as a major player in hosting Super Bowls.

NFL owners will vote on May 21 on who gets Super Bowl L and LI, and North Texas isn't in the mix right now. But future NFL title games will have to seriously consider North Texas, especially with Miami having issues.
Jerry Jones' dedication to being the general manager of the Dallas Cowboys has never been more evident.

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AP Photo/David J. PhillipDallas Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones attended the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus on Thursday morning.
The man is managing to carve out time for the NFL draft during such a hectic time in his schedule!

Geez, Jerry probably didn't even get to go to the after-party following this morning's dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on SMU's campus.

It was pretty poor timing for a high-profile event to be held in Jerry's neck of the woods. Heck, he probably had to stop celebrating a little early the previous night, when Jerry was on hand for the official announcement that the first real college football championship game would be played in his $1.2 billion football palace.

What focus it must take for Jerry to retreat to the Valley Ranch war room during such a fascinating time!

There's not another NFL GM important enough to get invited to the Bush shindig. Then again, there's not another NFL GM who would be caught dead socializing on the day of the draft. Or another NFL GM who would keep his job after delivering one playoff win in four presidential terms.

Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from Kansas City to discuss Jerry Jones' attendance at the Bush Library on NFL draft day, what he expects the Chiefs to do with the No. 1 pick and tell a funny tale about Bill Clinton and Jerry Jones.

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Such is life with Jerry, who refuses to give up the GM gig despite it ranking somewhere between pizza spokesman and panties salesman on his long list of part-time jobs.

The good news for Cowboys fans: Head coach Jason Garrett, personnel chief Tom Ciskowski and a bunch of scouts and coaches have made the draft their top priority for weeks or months.

And they'll get to talk to Jerry last, so they can trump any ideas W offered about what to do with the 18th overall pick.

Cowboys weighing Valley Ranch longevity

February, 26, 2013
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys moved into their Valley Ranch practice facility in 1985, but like anything, age, size and technology are catching up to it.

Ed Werder joins Richard Durrett and Ian Fitzsimmons to discuss what he took away from the NFL combine and his conversation with Jerry Jones on the penthouse bus.

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While the Cowboys are not actively looking to leave their practice home, it is a subject that has been broached.

“We’re always eyes wide open,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “We’re having to do renovations out there. You never know for sure, but I’d still say right now Valley Ranch is where we are.”

Cowboys Stadium was not designed to include the possibility of moving the football operations to Arlington, but building a facility near the stadium is an option, like what the New York Giants have next to MetLife Stadium.

Over the last few years the Cowboys have looked at other team’s facilities, like in Denver and Seattle, when they have played there.

While Valley Ranch is functional, it does not have amenities that most teams have now at the newer facilities, such as a full kitchen. The Cowboys currently cater food for the players and staff.

“You’re always looking to see what people have,” Jones said. “At some point you’d have to take a look.”
Cowboys Stadium will host a memorial Monday for Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Kyle, a long-time resident of Midlothian, Texas, and Chad Littlefield were shot and killed Saturday.

Here are details offered in a news release:

Military and law enforcement officials from across the region are working closely with his family to make Monday's memorial service a lasting tribute. Kyle's family has made the service open to the public.

• Memorial Service begins at 1 p.m. and doors will open at 11:30 a.m.
• Parking is free. Use Lots 1, 2, & 10, which are nearest to Randol Mill and N. Collins.
• Enter through Gates A & K on the north side of the stadium.
• Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
• No cameras, bags, purses or substantial handheld items will be allowed in the stadium.
• In honor of the reverence this memorial service deserves, Chris Kyle’s family has asked that the general public not take photographs or record video during the ceremony. No cameras will be allowed inside.

Kyle, 38, had four deployments in Iraq and is considered one of the deadliest sharpshooter in U.S. history. Kyle was killed last week as he tried to help a fellow veteran at a Texas shooting range.

Cowboys Stadium to host CONCACAF Gold Cup

January, 23, 2013
Cowboys Stadium is among the 13 venues that will host soccer matches during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played from July 7-28.

Cowboys Stadium has also hosted matches in 2009 and 2011. Soldier Field, the Rose Bowl, Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle) also are repeat venues. The eight new sites are the Georgia Dome, M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore), Sports Authority Field (Denver), Rentschler Field (East Hartford, CT), BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston), Sun Life Stadium (Miami), JELD-WEN Field (Portland) and Rio Tinto Stadium (Salt Lake City).

Charlotte Anderson elected to North Texas Local Organizing Committee

January, 15, 2013
The North Texas Local Organizing Committee, the group responsible for hosting the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four at Cowboys Stadium in 2014 announced today that Charlotte Jones Anderson, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, was elected the Chairman by its Board of Directors.

Anderson, the Cowboys executive vice president of Brand Management, also serves as Chair of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board and was appointed Chair of the National Football League Foundation last month.

"Charlotte is a natural to lead this effort,” said Rick Baker, the president & CEO of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. "Five years ago she led the bid process to bring this event to Cowboys Stadium. As a member of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee’s executive board, she was instrumental in the well-documented success of that group. Charlotte is a tireless advocate for our region, and I’m very excited that she has accepted this leadership role with the North Texas LOC."
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will move their practice to Arlington today because of the Christmas Day snow and ice as they begin preparation for Sunday’s game at Washington.

Coach Jason Garrett said he would have preferred to practice at Valley Ranch, but the Cowboys did not have the necessary equipment to clear the field.

“It’s just not functional,” Garrett said. “It’s a sheet of ice.”

It is the first practice this season they will hold at Cowboys Stadium and the second they have had to move this season because of the weather. Last Thursday’s practice was moved to Highland Park High School because of high winds, and the stadium was not available because of high school championship games.

Temperatures for Sunday’s game at kickoff are expected to be in the low 30s.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to go play the Redskins,” Garrett said. “The players hear me say this a lot: Regardless where you play or who you’re playing against, you have to be your best. We’ll try to do that. We’ll try to do our best in our preparation. We’re going to practice in our stadium today and hopefully be able to practice on our field tomorrow.”

Replay was good to Jason Garrett

December, 4, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- Jason Garrett is getting pretty good at using replay.

In what was perhaps the biggest decision in the Cowboys win Sunday against Philadelphia, Garrett helped the Cowboys get a first down by challenging a spot of a DeMarco Murray run.

Murray was ruled to have been stopped short on a fourth-and-inches carry in the third quarter, but once Garrett got a good look at a replay on center-hung digital board, he went with the challenge.

“I was pretty adamant about what I saw live but that really is irrelevant,” Garrett said. “What is relevant is there video evidence because we were going to have to change what the original spot was, and if you analyze the challenges spotting the ball in that kind of situation it’s not one that typically gets overturned. You not only need the look, but you need a landmark on the field and all of those things come into play and our guys upstairs do a great job upstairs of communicating with me and ultimately I’ve got to pull the trigger and throw the flag.

"And once we got that overhead view I thought it was pretty apparent the spot was much better than what they gave us initially and we thought we would get it overturned.”

The Cowboys got the call overturned and three plays later they scored the tying touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Had the play not been overturned, the Cowboys would have lost their second timeout of the half.

Garrett is now 4-0 on replay challenges on the season. He was 2-2 last year.

“I think there a lot of things that go into it,” Garrett said. “You’ve got to take the emotion out of it is first and foremost. It’s very easy to become emotional about those kinds of things and just throw the flag out there and it not be a real smart decision. We try to communicate as best we can and get as much information as best we can and try to talk it out as much as we can. The significance of the situation, there are a lot of times in a game you can challenge something, ‘OK, what does that give you? It gives you a 3-yard gain? What does it give you? It negates something that's fairly insignificant.’

"So you’ve got to make sure your using them at the right time because they're valuable.”