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Training camp: Getting down to business

We're not sure when training camp is going to begin.

Cowboys' training camp is scheduled to be held in San Antonio. But with the NFL in a lockout, there's no telling when it will start. Cowboys officials have set up tentative dates in late July for when they would send the trucks down to the Alamodome. But nothing is official.

The NFL owners don't want to lose money in the preseason, it's at least $700 million in losses if the preseason is wiped out completely. And to get ready for that preseason, you need some sort of camp.

If the owners come to an agreement with the players and vote on a new collective bargaining agreement at their July 21 meeting, it might be hard for the Cowboys to prepare in such a short period of time.

The easy thing would be to have training camp at Valley Ranch with morning practice at the team facility. If there's a need for a second practice, move it to Cowboys Stadium for the afternoon.

A lot is going to happen during training camp. It seems the free-agent signing period might occur during camp and you need your front-office people at Valley Ranch working the phones and preparing contracts.

Anything is possible. The front office can make the deals in San Antonio and that sort of thing, no problem, but make it easier on them. Also, the Cowboys' traveling training camp show last year seemed to tire out the team when the season started. Maybe that contributed to that 0-2 start?

How about having camp in one spot this year: Irving, Texas.

At least four NFL teams have announced they will move training camps to their team facilities.

The Cowboys should do the same.