Owners' vote gets 30-1 approval

NEW YORK -- NFL owners have voted to disband regional
networks run by the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.

In return, the teams will get items for local use from the
networks, which conducts shows that include all 32 coaches.

The decision was made at last week's meetings in Maui, Sports
Business Journal reported Monday. It was approved by a vote of 30-1
with one abstention.

The NFL Network began broadcasting in late 2003 and has had
increasing control in recent months in broadcasting league events,
ranging from announcements of the Hall of Fame vote to live news
conferences from league meetings.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue had previously placed a moratorium
on adding regional networks, although the Cowboys were allowed to
keep running theirs because it had already started. The new league
move does not "grandfather" in networks only in existence.

Jerry Jones Jr., the club's vice president of marketing, said
the Cowboys support the resolution.

"We are working with Comcast and the NFL to determine how and
where to broadcast that content in the future," he said. "Those
potential options include designated windows of exclusive Cowboys
programming on the NFL Network and full-time access to video on
demand options through Comcast."