The Cowboys may still be America’s Team, but they’re currently not Oxnard’s.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has been mentioning the attendance at training camp. As pointed out in Saturday’s one-liners, only 3,503 total fans showed up in the first two days.
When reporting that number on Twitter, Charean predicted that the Cowboys “should have a big crowd at the kickoff Saturday.”
And only 4,279 showed up.
That’s a total (abacus engaged) of 7,782 fans in three days. Washington, in contrast, drew more than 11,000 on Saturday alone at training camp in Richmond.
While the Cowboys technically shouldn’t care about how many Californians show up to watch an NFL team based in Texas practice, at a certain level, Jerry Jones and company need to be concerned that the camp attendance may be a barometer of overall, sea-to-shining-sea interest in the NFL’s official even-Steven franchise, 8-8 for each of the last three years and .500 on the nose dating back to 1997.
While Charean’s tweets don’t mention attendance in past years, she clearly regards the numbers as alarming — and she notes that, if camp were held in San Antonio, 10,000 would have been there. The trend bears watching in other national metrics, from TV ratings in prime-time games to jersey and merchandise sales, to attendance when the Cowboys take the show on the road to cities where the home team can’t fill up a stadium without having a truly national team paying a visit.
It could be that America’s Team no longer is. If it ever really was.