San Antonio might share with Oxnard

Updated: February 18, 2010, 8:05 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Cowboys are exploring the possibility of splitting 2010 training camp between San Antonio and Oxnard, Calif., officials from both cities confirmed Thursday.

Cowboys officials, who declined comment, are waiting for the preseason schedule to be released before making any final decisions, according to a San Antonio official.

"Each year, whenever the Cowboys have had their camp, we discuss what is going on," Michael Sawaya, San Antonio director of convention sports and entertainment, told ESPN Dallas. "It's always a mutual discussion. I think they're looking at their options, and ... they might have a couple of games out on the West Coast, so that would make sense."

If the Cowboys are selected for the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 8, they would start training about two weeks earlier than most teams. If that happens, the Cowboys could open camp in San Antonio for 2-3 weeks then travel to Canton, Ohio, for the game. After that, they could potentially finish camp in Oxnard.

"We had a conversation with the Cowboys. Nothing is definite, but they were just exploring some options," Oxnard City Manager Ed Sotelo told to the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. "There could be the possibility of them returning."

Owner Jerry Jones has said he'd like the Cowboys to be part of the Hall of Fame game because Emmitt Smith is getting inducted that weekend.

The Cowboys have two years remaining on a five-year contract to train in San Antonio. In 2008, because of a scheduling conflict at the Alamodome, the Cowboys moved all of their camp to Oxnard. They also trained in Oxnard from 2004 to '06.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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