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Monday, March 22, 2010
Cowboys returning to Oxnard?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- We've been hearing rumors for weeks that the Dallas Cowboys will spend at least half of their training camp in Oxnard, Calif., this summer. And Los Angeles Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer reported Sunday night that it's "this close" to happening. Here's what ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins wrote earlier this month.

"I'm very positive about it," owner Jerry Jones said on March 9, referring to the Cowboys' return to Oxnard. "It's got a good chance of happening."

So what's the upshot to returning to Southern California? Well, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes his team can help fill the void of Los Angeles not having an NFL team and he's always looking for new marketing opportunities. He is waiting on the complete preseason schedule from the NFL before deciding when to break camp in San Antonio and head to California. There's certainly a chance that San Antonians could draw the short stick, depending on how the schedule plays out.

If you believe in karma, this isn't a good move for the Cowboys. They've obviously never won a playoff game after holding training camp in Oxnard. Last season's playoff win followed a full training camp in San Antonio. We'll keep you posted if there are any further developments.

Programming note: It's likely that we'll hear from the commissioner at some point this afternoon. It will be interesting to hear his thoughts on the overtime rule and player safety. The league has taken significant steps over the past few months to monitor head injuries. I'm sure that topic will be discussed. And maybe I'll ask him about that coin-flip fiasco in New York.