Valley Ranch News & Notes

Here's a look back at some the news and notes happening off the field when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys.

* The Cowboys added a familiar name to their practice squad.

Running back Ran Carthon is the son of offensive coordinator and running backs coach Maurice Carthon.

"I told him he might have to overcome the coaching," Parcells said.

Carthon had been in the Indianapolis Colts camp, but signed with the Cowboys after being cut.

"It's an opportunity. That's all you ever ask for no matter where it is," said Carthon, who played at Florida.

* The Dallas Cowboys may be one of the most valuable teams in sports, but their fans don't pay for it ... at least not yet.

The Cowboys rank 20th in this year's Fan Cost Index, which calculates what it costs for a family of four to attend a game.

The listing, released Tuesday by Team Marketing Report, compares prices of tickets and select concessions for each of the 32 National Football League teams.

Fans will pay $53.06 on average for a Cowboys ticket, $1.69 less than the league average. The team's Fan Cost Index this year is $292.24, or $123 less than the New England Patriots, which tops the list for the third straight year.

Although fan costs remain relatively low, the team is the second most valuable in the NFL, a league that ranks as the most valuable in sports, according to Forbes magazine. Trailing only the $1.1 billion Washington Redskins, the Cowboys are worth $923 million, an 8 percent boost over last season's value.

Yet fans could pay far more to see a Cowboys game if Arlington voters approve taxes in November to help pay for a new $650 million stadium. Parking, which is $12 today, could jump to $38 by 2010, according to a study done by Economics Research Associates. The Patriots' $35 parking charge leads the league now.

By The Numbers
.698 -- The Cowboys winning percentage on opening day. The Cowboys are 30-13-1 all-time on opening day.

4 -- The Cowboys season opening losing streak dating back to a 41-35 victory over Washington in 1999.

16 -- The Cowboys have opened on the road 22 times and have won 16 of those contests.

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