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November 10, 2011

Cowboys reach training camp deal with Oxnard

The Cowboys will continue their tradition of training camp in California. The team announced Thursday it has reached an agreement in principle on a three-year deal with the city of Oxnard.

But San Antonio isn’t out of the picture yet.

The deal with Oxnard, which must be approved by the city council on Tuesday, calls for the Cowboys to spend anywhere from two weeks to 40 days in Oxnard, according to the Ventura County Star. The newspaper also reported that it includes an option for three additional years.

The Cowboys split their 2010 camp between San Antonio and Oxnard, and owner Jerry Jones has said he would consider that for the future.

San Antonio and Oxnard have been the home to Cowboys training camps since 2001.

“San Antonio and Oxnard have provided absolutely outstanding settings for every single aspect of our training camps for the past ten years,” Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said. “We look forward to going back to California next year. We are also exploring avenues to have a continued Dallas Cowboys presence in San Antonio, because it has always been a special home for the Dallas Cowboys. The support of the City and the fans in San Antonio are outstanding.”

The Cowboys have held training camp or a portion of training camp in California for 32 of 52 seasons. That includes five camps in Oxnard.

-- Charean Williams

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I understand from an economic standpoint of keeping the fan base in different parts of the U.S. "engaged", but a travelling circus is a good way to tire out the Cowboys players before the first game of the season. Too many losing seasons or no trips to the playoffs after a while leads to fans, even a long time fan like myself, from "disengaging" from the Cowboys and finding other interests.

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