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Cowboys shut out in prime-time openers

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

DANA POINT, Calif. -- In somewhat of an upset, the Dallas Cowboys will not unveil their brand new stadium in prime time during the NFL's opening weekend. It had been believed that both NBC and ESPN had a strong desire to broadcast the game, but now it's likely the stadium will make its prime-time debut in Week 2.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke with a large group of reporters not long after the league announced the games Monday.

"Our time will come," Jones said. "We usually get our fair share."

But still, it's pretty amazing that Jerry, the chairman of the powerful broadcasting committee, couldn't flex a little muscle on this one. And as Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News noted earlier today, the Texas Rangers may have played a role in this decision. They have Sunday afternoon games the first three weeks of the regular season -- and even without baseball traffic -- it's looking like gamedays will present quite a challenge. I drive past the stadium almost every day, and if the stadium opened tomorrow, there would be utter chaos in trying to find parking. We'll keep our eye on this one for you, but it's definitely a blow to the Jones family.

Peter King, an avid Beast reader, called this shot in Monday Morning Quarterback:

"Keep hearing the Cowboys might get Week 1 to continue to work out the kinks at their new stadium and play at home in prime time in Week 2," King wrote this morning. "After the BYU-Oklahoma game at the stadium on Sept. 5, Dallas officials could have 15 days to make sure everything's right for the game on the weekend of Sept. 20."

Now, let's get to my Jerry Reese interview.