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Posted on: July 3, 2011 9:35 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 8:04 am
 

Report: Cowboys set July 29 training camp date

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Depending on the timing, there are between 200 and 800 million reasons for the owners and players to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement in the coming weeks. The hope is that a deal gets done by mid-July and the 2011 season can officially begin, first with an abbreviated free-agent signing period, followed by training camps and then the regular season.

Free agency will probably be a free-for-all, but if there's a new CBA in the next 12 days or so, the rest of the NFL schedule should be like any other year.  We're not sure if Jerry Jones knows something the rest of us don't, or if it's wishful thinking, but either way, the Cowboys have set their training camp dates.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, a city official confirmed that the Cowboys are tentatively set to start practicing in San Antonio at the Alamodome on July 29.

Mike Sawaya, who heads the city’s convention, sports and entertainment facilities, told the paper that the Cowboys will start moving equipment into the building on July 25, and the annual pep rally and concert to kick off training camp is set for July 28. Sawaya said that the team has the dome reserved through August 13.

The Express-News adds that the team could be forced to move camp to Irving, Texas if the lockout drags on past mid-July. 

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Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Jerry Jones: Revenue sharing is 'on it's way out'

Posted by Will Brinson

The matter of sharing revenue is a big deal for the NFL and NFLPA. In fact, most people would probably agree it's the biggest deal with respect to the current labor negotiations.

However, the issue of revenue sharing between owners is also a tremendous obstacle that the owners have to overcome before finding common ground with the players.

And if you think it's not a problem, then you haven't heard Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talk about how the rest of the owners are helping to pay for the Vikings new stadium.

"Right now, we are subsidizing this market," Jones said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's unthinkable to think that you've got the market you got here - 3.5 million people - and have teams like Kansas City and Green Bay subsidizing the market. That will stop.

"That's going to stop. That's on its way out."

As Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal noted on Twitter, there's a reason why this subject has not been written about much despite being an important matter: the owners aren't going to budge off their stance.

Well, at least the rich(er) ones anyway: Jones and the rest of the owners with extraordinary deep pockets were talked into revenue sharing for the first time in the last CBA deal.

And such distribution of money, along with the revenue split given to the players, was precisely why they opted out of the deal that they agreed to back in 2006. (Ironically, Mike Brown of the Bengals and Ralph Wilson of the Bills were the only two owners to oppose the deal.)

It's also one of the unstated obstacles to a new CBA; you might hear talk from ownership of player factions during this process, but the notion that the owners are completely unified is just silly.

There are owners who want more money from other owners, and there are owners who don't want go hand out additional money simply because they're more committed to generating revenue by investing in their product.

From a negotiating standpoint, this is problematic, because the various factions of owners have differing viewpoints on splitting up the $2 billion pie of revenue.

But it's something that'll have to be bridged before the NFL and NFLPA can reach a deal; and Jones' hardline stance could be an indication that everyone's on the same page.

Or an ominous forewarning that there's some clear-cut dissonance amongst owners on the topic.

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:58 am
 

NFL, NFLPA meet for more than 15 hours

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL and the NFLPA finally have emerged from their 15 1/2-hour meeting, and they will return at 9 a.m. Friday morning to continue discussions, according to reports from NFL.com’s Albert Breer. The mega-bargaining session began at 10 a.m. ET Thursday and continued until about 1:30 a.m. Friday

There’s obviously no new CBA, but after such a long day of meeting face to face, you have to wonder if that announcement is coming relatively soon -- like, say, within the next week or so.

Though late Thursday afternoon, there was plenty of pessimism emanating from a number of reports after the NFLPA held a conference call for some of its members, the fact that the two sides negotiated for another eight hours after that has got to be a positive step.

Plus, with the league moving closer to a deadline when a deal would have to be done in order to begin training camps on time, both sides seem a little more energized to get something accomplished.

According to the AP, among those involved in the talks today included: U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, Giants owner John Mara, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and, for the players, Colts C Jeff Saturday, Chiefs G Brian Waters and Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth.

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Mike Ditka to appear on 'Entourage' series finale

Posted by Ryan Wilson

This July, HBO's Entourage returns for an eighth and final season, and the series finale will include a cameo by … former NFL head coach and ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka (bet you didn't see that coming).

Ditka spilled the beans during an appearance on "The Waddle & Silvy Show."

"This just came up spur of the moment, and actually you know, it was a good experience," Ditka said. "I didn't realize how big a deal it was, I'll be honest with you. I'm kinda naïve about those things, and I understand it is a pretty big deal, and yes, I think it is very nice and [Wisconsin athletic director Barry] Alvarez is on it with me so both of us are there. …

"[The role] goes beyond me and my altar boy image, but I do have a couple of lines in there that might test a few people."

The list of famous faces from the sports world who have appeared on the show over the years is long and distinguished. That said, Ditka isn't the first person with ties to the Bears to turn up on Entourage: in Season 7, LB Brian Urlacher discussed investment opportunities with Turtle

Even if the recent progress towards a new CBA falls through in the coming weeks, at least we'll have Ditka's cameo to look forward to. So there's that.

In the meantime, a partial list of Entourage cameos by various sports figures. (Please note: there's a lot of naughty language so keep that in mind before clicking the YouTube links below. Hey, it's HBO.)
The only thing missing? Mike Tahoe and CJ Hunter. Because every show needs mustachioed cops.

Photo via Ari Gold's twitter feed

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 5:31 pm
 

NFL owners, players 'headed in right direction'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

NFL owners and players are meeting Tuesday on Maryland's eastern shore in an effort to end the 91-day lockout as soon as possible, according to reports from NFL.com and ESPN.

This is the third time this month the two sides have convened in an undisclosed location to make progress towards a new collective bargaining agreement (and this time, with lawyers). Last Friday, for the first time since the lockout began in March, hopes seemed high for a speedy resolution to a labor dispute that once appeared as if it could go on indefinitely.

"NFL owners have a one-day meeting scheduled in suburban Chicago next Tuesday, and they are planning to meet once a month until the situation is resolved," NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Tuesday. "A memo went out to owners asking that they keep their schedules for next week flexible, in case the June 21 meeting spills into Tuesday night or even Wednesday."
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ESPN's Chris Mortensen writes that "Sources have characterized the owners and players as being in a 'deal-making mode' and hope to make significant progress over the next two or three days."

The NFL estimates that canceling the preseason could cost upwards of $1 billion, which means that the longer the lockout drags on, the more likely it is that the owners will be in danger of losing serious dough. Sources tell Breer that "internal deadlines to have some semblance of a 'normal' preseason with the games preserved sit on or around July 15." That gives both parties a month to sort things out.

More background on Tuesday's gathering, via the Associated Press:
A person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press that the owners and players are "headed in the right direction" and that lawyers "are back in the room" after being excluded from sessions the past two weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting are not being made public.

Two other people familiar with the talks say a framework for a new collective bargaining agreement could be in place before the owners gather next Tuesday. ... Still, it would be premature to predict that lockout is about to end, the people familiar with the talks told the AP. Yet the atmosphere of negotiations has been more positive than it was previously, creating "a sense of movement," they said.

That movement toward an agreement might be in both sides' best interest after a federal appeals court judge warned the owners and players they might not like the upcoming decisions in legal actions sparked by the lockout. Indeed, the court could delay any rulings if a new CBA appears to be near.
The AP reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith; several owners, including the Giants' John Mara and the Cowboys' Jerry Jones; and a large group of players that includes NFLPA President Kevin Mawae, Jeff Saturday, Mike Vrabel, Tony Richardson and Domonique Foxworth, were all on hand at the meeting.

For the first time all spring there is much to be optimistic about. Not only are the owners and players willing to work together, they're doing it now, well before deadlines could legitimately imperil a 2011 season.

If the lockout ends in the coming weeks, Goodell, who was roundly booed at the April draft, will have suddenly saved his legacy. Because in the end, all fans want is football. They don't much care how we get to that point.

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Turns out, Dez Bryant still owes $600K

D. Bryant (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said recently that he had "a handle" on a money situation that appeared to be spiraling out of control. As CBSSports.com's Will Brinson wrote Sunday, Bryant has been "sued by local jewelers, gotten in a tiff with mentor Deion Sanders, been banned from a mall for wearing saggy pants and absent from team workouts, and the Cowboys have expressed general concern with what he's been up to this offseason."

Turns out, Bryant's view of his financial affairs isn't shared by the people he remains indebted to. ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins writes Monday that Bryant "still owes Colleyville jeweler and ticket broker Eleow Hunt a little more than $600,000 for jewelry, tickets and personal loans."
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Whoever you blame for the current labor silliness, one thing is for certain: the owners can hold out a lot longer than the players. Partially because they have more money, but also because you seldom read stories of owners dropping 600 grand on "jewelry, tickets and personal loans."

When the Cowboys signed Bryant to a five-year, $11.8 million contract last July, it included $8.5 million in guarantees. That's a lot of coin to dump in anyone's lap, much less a 22-year-old fresh out of college.

The frivolous spending isn't surprising -- it's part of being young and impetuous -- but the owners knew that many players, especially those new to the league, wouldn't heed advice from their agents or union representatives to save money during the lockout. Which means that even players making well into six-figures could be short on funds any month now.  Paying for the clothes, the cars, the homes -- for themselves and family members -- adds up quickly. Since banks aren't in business to float interest-free loans, the money has to come from somewhere.

If you want to see football in the fall, this should be good news. Being broke serves as a catalyst to make progress on a new labor agreement, even the players have to make concessions they thought were off the table.

While it seems that Bryant is on the hook for at least another $600K, he sounds like he will be ready to go once the 2011 season begins. "From what I see, my relationship with Mr. Jones is fabulous," Bryant said recently. "The relationship between Big Tony [Romo] and me is great. He believes in me and knows what I can do. If he throws a jump ball, he knows that I will go up and get it."

Compartmentalization is a defense mechanism developed from perpetually being in the spotlight. In that regard -- being able to separate his personal life from his professional life -- Bryant sounds like a seasoned veteran.

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Dez Bryant: 'I have a handle' on money situation

Posted by Will Brinson

If you had to pick one NFL player who's had arguably the most tumultous individual offseason, Dez Bryant of the Cowboys would be a good candidate.

He's been sued by local jewelers, he's gotten in a tiff with mentor Deion Sanders, he's been banned from a mall for wearing saggy pants, he's been absent from team workouts, and the Cowboys have expressed general concern with what he's been up to this offseason.

So, it's gotta be good for the team to hear that Bryant's taking care of business lately.

"I have a handle on it and it's done," Bryant said in response to a question about his financial issues. "It's in the past and I'm ready to go ahead from here."

Also nice: Bryant predicts that the lockout won't affect the NFL season!

"There will be an NFL season and I think we will start on time," Bryant said. "I know Dallas will be ready to go, and I'll be ready to put on my helmet and go to work."
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That's probably a stretch, but whatever -- anything Bryant can do in order to make sure he sounds totally gruntled is a good thing. Which makes the comments about relationship with the two most-famous faces of the Cowboys franchise, Jerry Jones and Tony Romo, also optimistic.

"From what I see, my relationship with Mr. Jones is fabulous," Bryant said. "The relationship between Big Tony and me is great. He believes in me and knows what I can do. If he throws a jump ball, he knows that I will go up and get it."

Bryant, in a wide-ranging interview, was also asked about the offense under the full-time guidance of Jason Garrett, and said he envisions it being "more aggressive."

"I think we'll be more aggressive this year with (Garrett) in charge," Bryant said. "I still have a bad taste in my mouth after starting 1-7 last year, and that makes me motivated and determined for this season."

All in all, if you're a Cowboys fan, you've got to be pretty pumped up about this whole sitdown at a department store in Oklahoma. Unless you're so cynical that you think Dez might have been coached-up before he got to the interview, which, naturally, featured tons of questions about stuff that public-relations people usually won't allow to be answered during a time of heavy labor strife.

That's not me being entirely skeptical about Bryant's interview; it does sound like he's kind of gotten things together after a bad start to the offseason.

Or, at the very least, he's hired someone who's taught him not to say stupid things publicly, which is a giant step forward anyway.

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Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:08 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 6:46 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

About a week after full-blown owners meetings in Indianapolis, a few of the NFL’s top money men met secretly in a western suburb of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

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Among the owners spotted by the newspaper or revealed by its sources were New England’s Robert Kraft, Dallas’ Jerry Jones and Carolina’s Jerry Richardson – all major players on the NFL labor bargaining team – and apparently, commissioner Roger Goodell flew in as well.

Which leads to the obvious question. Were these owners and Goodell in Chicago for a double-secret meeting with (fingers crossed!) NFLPA representatives in an effort to solve the lockout?

The obvious answer is that we have no idea – the NFL office declined comment to the Tribune, and DuPage Airport officials cited confidentiality rules in not disclosing any information – but that theory makes plenty of sense, doesn’t it?

Besides, it doesn’t get much more suspicious than a couple of owners and the commissioner meeting at some out-of-the-way airport as they try to slip in and out of one of the biggest cities in the country while trying not to be spotted.

Unless, on their way to St. Louis for the latest Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing Friday, a few owners decided to stop in Chicago so they could pick up a case of Old Style for the ride up and back.

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