Dallas Cowboys: New York Yankees

Cowboys practice report: Day 8

July, 29, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys mixed up the depth chart during Monday's practice, and worked on some red zone and team drills.

ESPN Dallas.com's Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest from Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

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•  The Cowboys are increasing the competition at left guard by rotating Nate Livings and Ronald Leary at the spot on the first team. Livings has struggled at the start of camp while Leary has excelled at times.

•  With Dez Bryant out with a sore hip, Terrance Williams got some snaps with the first team, and Miles Austin picked up snaps with the second and third units. Tyron Smith also missed a few snaps with the first team for Edawn Coughman.

•  Williams continues to get better with every practice. He beat Sterling Moore on a double move for a touchdown during one-on-one drills. Williams also made a nice leaping catch for a score in team drills over Morris Claiborne while catching a Tony Romo pass.

•  On Monday morning, coach Jason Garrett was praising wide receiver Andre Smith's hands. Well, the free-agent receiver dropped two passes, one in the end zone in an individual drill. Smith, however, also caught a touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.

•  During the one-on-ones, Brandon Carr did a nice job of knocking away a pass intended for Anthony Amos.

•  Austin and Romo have great chemistry. On a back-shoulder fade throw, Austin turned around at the perfect time to catch the end zone pass to beat Carr.

•  Bruce Carter picked up an interception during pass coverage drills on a pass intended for Phillip Tanner.

•  Sometimes down-the-field blocking by wide receivers is huge when it comes to big gains. Dwayne Harris made a nice block on Carr as Lance Dunbar picked up big yardage.

•  On consecutive plays, the quarterbacks made some poor throws. Romo was picked off by Caleb McSurdy, and Orton had a pass tipped by Alex Albright.

•  Jason Witten made a nice one-handed catch with Sean Lee draped over him for a touchdown in the back of the end zone. After the catch, Lee dropped an expletive.

•  New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and his son attended practice Monday afternoon. He spoke to the team after practice and received a warm applause.

• Friday's practice was changed to 4:45 p.m. PT.

Yankees manager gives Cowboys a pep talk

July, 29, 2013
OXNARD, Calif. -- This edition of the Dallas Cowboys' training camp had its first real celebrity sighting when New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited Monday.

Tim MacMahon joins Galloway and Company from Oxnard, Calif., to discuss the latest Cowboys news.

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Girardi, who was a three-time World Series champion as a player and won another as a manager, delivered a Jason Garrett-esque speech to the team after practice.

“Just be the best you can every day,” Girardi said, recalling the gist of his message on a Yankees off day before they begin a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. “That’s what you prepare for. We obviously all strive to win championships, but to me, it’s a day-to-day thing that you have to go through.”

At least one prominent Cowboy hung on every word the Yankees skipper said and made sure to shake Girardi’s hand afterward.

“That was a great deal, man,” New Jersey native Miles Austin said. “I was just glad to meet him. He said some great things to us. I’ve been a Yankee fan since he was there [as a player] and since I was born.”

Girardi, who was joined by his son Dante, described his family as football fans who root for the Chicago Bears. He was a high school quarterback in Illinois but wisely figured his lack of size and speed made him a much better prospect as a catcher.

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?
The Los Angeles Dodgers sold for $2.175 billion in a deal that was finalized earlier this month.

Coop and Nate discuss Jerry Jones' comments about the window closing on the Cowboys' championship hopes.

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And a report in today's New York Daily News that the New York Yankees might be for sale -- one deemed false by the club's management Thursday morning -- raises one question locally: How much are the Dallas Cowboys worth?

They have that billion dollar stadium in Arlington, Texas. They also have one of the more marketable teams in the United States, if not the world.

Several of their key players -- Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Sean Lee, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant -- are in their primes.

"In some ways NFL franchises (are) more valuable with network deals and (a salary) cap," said ESPN's Andrew Brandt, a former player agent and vice president of the Green Bay Packers who is also full-time lecturer at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. "Yet MLB has high local (television) for marquee teams like L.A. and MLB has no 'minimum' spending from a cap. In terms of legacy franchise having high premiums, yes, (that) bodes well for Cowboys."

So is the Cowboys' worth in the billions?

"Comparing NFL and MLB franchises is a little tricky because the leagues are organized differently from both revenue sharing and media rights perspectives," said David M. Carter, executive director of USC's Sports Business Institute. "While the Cowboys and the Dodgers both have incredible brand strength and loyal followings, the Dodgers sale consists of two important elements not readily available in Dallas, namely the ability to extract billions from a local cable television deal and the potential for sports-anchored real estate development in the parking lots at Dodger Stadium. These attributes drive the total value of the enterprise up."

Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics at Smith College in Massachusetts, believes the Cowboys are worth more than the Dodgers but cautions that the local money the baseball team attracts is important in terms of sale price.

"The impact, I believe, is indirect and modest," he said. "There are special circumstances in Southern California now, largely connected to competition between Fox and Time Warner to control the (regional sports market) that do not affect the Cowboys.

"I'm not sure that it is safe to assume that, but I do think that the Cowboys would probably sell for above that. The market for sports franchises is thin, so what it sells for depends of various idiosyncratic factors."

Cowboys' Jesse Holley: NYY not out yet

October, 20, 2010
IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley sat at his locker on Wednesday afternoon with his New York Yankees cap on backward.

Holley isn't quite ready to concede the American League Championship Series to the Rangers, despite a 3-1 deficit and the Yankees' inability to get going on offense.

"The Rangers are a good team, but one thing you have to understand about the Bronx Bombers is that champions never go away," Holley said. "They are the best team money can buy, we all know that, and they have very talented and experienced players. They'll come out in Game 5 and do what they have to do."

Holley said he's confident in CC Sabathia, today's starter for the Yankees, and believes the offense will start to figure some things out.

"They've got Derek Jeter and A-R0d and [Robinson] Cano," Holley said. "They'll get going. Champions never die. They win Game 5. Definitely."