Saturday, June 30, 2012
Would an NFL team in L.A. affect Cowboys' training camp?
By Calvin Watkins
The Dallas Cowboys will conduct training camp in Oxnard, Calif., this summer.
It's not the first time the Cowboys will hold practices on the West Coast, but with no NFL team in the Los Angeles area now, the Cowboys have the area under control in terms of fans attending and spending their money on them.
Yet, in a sign the NFL is serious about moving a franchise to Los Angeles, commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 teams saying no single team has any "presumptive right" to play in Los Angeles and that only the league can make a final decision on relocation.
The memo was obtained by the Associated Press.
Here's another story on the memo in the Los Angeles Times.
With Los Angeles getting some positive movement about a new stadium which could host multiple NFL teams, Goodell is probably getting ready for something to happen on the West Coast.
However, any NFL team who wants to relocate to LA for the 2013 season must apply between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15 of that year and prove it can no longer exist in its current city.
What does this mean for the Cowboys?
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves the practices on the West Coast and from a marketing standpoint, it raises the franchise's awareness. It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys continue to train on the West Coast if there's the potential of an NFL team moving there.
Would a new team in Los Angeles want the Cowboys training roughly 90 minutes away?
The Cowboys of course could return to San Antonio, where they just ended a five-year contract, to avoid any conflicts. But then again, this is the Cowboys and they could quite possibily keep camp on the West Coast.