Cowboys Reach Three-Year Deal To Host Training Camp In Oxnard, Calif.
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and the city of Oxnard, Calif., have "reached an agreement on a three-year deal, which includes an option for three additional years, for the Texas NFL team to once again to set up camp at River Ridge fields," according to Buttitta & Wenner of the VENTURA COUNTY STAR. Oxnard General Services Superintendent Michael Henderson said that "seeing the Saints spend time in Oxnard, and hearing their coach Sean Payton talk about a potential return, pushed Jones and his staff to aggressively pursue the long-term deal in Oxnard." The deal "would have the Cowboys spend anywhere from two weeks to up to 40 days of their 2012, 2013, and 2014 training camps in Oxnard." The Cowboys since '01 "have traveled to Oxnard on six occasions to train." Under terms of the agreement, the city and the Cowboys will "share in the cost of security, field maintenance, fencing and field house maintenance." In addition, the Jerry and Gene Jones Foundation will "donate $10,000 a year to a charity of the city's choosing." Oxnard will "keep all revenue generated by the parking lot fees charged to spectators" (VENTURA COUNTY STAR, 11/10). In San Antonio, Tom Orsborn reports the Cowboys' "five-year, rent-free deal with the Alamodome expired in August, allowing the club to explore other options." A source said that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and his staff "prefer training in Oxnard, where the layout at the River Ridge facility allows the players to walk from their hotel rooms to the grass practice field" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 11/11).