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Conference Call Set For NFL Committee
To Discuss Cowboys Video Board Today
ISSUE TO BE RESOLVED BEFORE REGULAR SEASON: In N.Y., Judy Battista writes the NFL "will not go into the regular season with the situation unresolved because it does not want games that count affected by what amounts to a large television." Anderson: "Competitive issues and integrity of the game is the primary focus. If there is interference with a key play of a game, we have to have a response to how we deal with it" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/25). NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported the league does not want "to have one stadium where you have something a little bit fluke-ish that you don't have anywhere else." La Canfora: "The idea of do-overs, which is what they're doing now, isn't something that really is going to hold long-term. ... I think by the time the Cowboys play at least their second regular-season game, we're going to see this issue resolved" ("NFL Total Access," NFL Network, 8/24).
Jones Adamant About Keeping Video Board At
90 Feet, But Several Cowboys Players Disagree
CAN YOU TAKE ME HIGH ENOUGH? While Jones is "adamant about keeping the video board at 90 feet," several Cowboys players yesterday said that the team "probably should consider raising" the board. Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton: "We can't have games going on for three and a half hours because we're re-kicking all the time" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/25). ESPN’s Mike Hill said, “What I don’t understand is Jerry Jones is basically saying he doesn’t want to move it. But they can! They can move it. They’re moving it for a U2 concert. They can move it for Bono, but they can’t move it for the NFL?” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN2, 8/25).
IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENT: A DALLAS MORNING NEWS editorial states fans should give Jones "credit for a real achievement, that new retractable-roofed pleasure palace in Arlington, the most impressive structure of sport in the nation and possibly the world." The "overwhelming consensus is that you get what you pay for," and when the "only substantive criticism is how high (or low) the world's largest video board hangs over the field, you know the other million things that could have gone wrong didn't" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/25). But ESPN's Jeremy Green said, "They've had nothing but issues with this stadium … and they said that they thought the stadium was jinxed" ("Football Today," ESPN.com, 8/24).
Qualcomm Stadium Manager
Says Change Was Needed
Memphis Chief Administrative Officer Believes
Beer Sales Would Net The City $200,000
In DC, Tarik El-Bashir cited sources as confirming that discussions for a November 28 Capitals-Canadiens game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium "are dead," and the teams instead will play the game at Bell Centre as scheduled. Plans for the game at the 70,000-plus-seat stadium reportedly were nixed because of the possibility of the CFL Alouettes "playing deep into the postseason." If that were to happen, the NHL "would not have enough time to properly prepare the stadium" to install a rink (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 8/24).
Giants Likely Will Return To Training Camp At
Albany Next Year, But May Shorten Their Stay
OFF TRACK: In San Diego, Tanya Mannes reports California state officials yesterday "decided to postpone a decision on awarding a new contract to operate the Del Mar Racetrack, citing the recession and turmoil in the horse racing industry." State Sen. Christine Kehoe "suggested the delay, saying taxpayers might get a better deal by waiting." Kehoe also cited "uncertainty about the future of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which came up during discussions about selling off state property this year" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 8/25).