DALLAS (CBS Sports.com) – 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.