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Cowboy$ will $ell Michael $am practice $quad jer$ey$


Earlier today, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said with a straight face that the addition of Michael Sam to the practice squad was only “about football.”


The Cowboys are already tapping into the marketing potential of the first ever openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys will sell Sam jerseys at the team’s pro shop.

They don’t ordinarily sell jerseys of practice squad players since, you know, those guys never play in games.

But Sam presents a unique sales opportunity for a team that loves the “glitz and glamour,” and they’ll probably sell enough of them to make up the $6,300 a week he’ll make on the practice squad.

And then if he ever makes the 53-man roster, they can sell another one when he has to change numbers.

UPDATE 7:08 p.m. ET:  A source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Cowboys will not be selling Michael Sam practice-squad jerseys.

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49 Responses to “Cowboy$ will $ell Michael $am practice $quad jer$ey$”
  1. briscocountyjr says: Sep 3, 2014 4:16 PM

    Cowboys are the Kim Kardashian of the NFL.

  2. The Steelers are embarking on The March®. The league trembles. Goodell and his goons will stop at nothing to halt our 7th and final Super Bowl victory. They will fail. SFL 2015 is God's will. We must restore the game we invented. March® with us. #7 says: Sep 3, 2014 4:16 PM

    Milk that cow, Cowboys.

  3. rickdiculous1 says: Sep 3, 2014 4:22 PM

    I hope some other team signs him to their 53 man squad so Jerruh gets stuck with all those jerseys. What a sham.

  4. eagleswin says: Sep 3, 2014 4:22 PM

    Finally, someone in the media get’s it.

  5. spoonreck says: Sep 3, 2014 4:23 PM

    “Mr. Tebow there is a Mr. Jones on line two for you something about needing a second ring for his three ring circus.”

  6. themeccalambeaufield says: Sep 3, 2014 4:23 PM

    Jerry is going the way of a ridiculous circus owner and I cant wait for the gay rights groups to come out and accuse the Cowboys of exploiting Sam because he is gay. This is about to blow up.

  7. titansbro says: Sep 3, 2014 4:24 PM

    Don’t jersey sales get split amongst all teams?

  8. buds4grant says: Sep 3, 2014 4:24 PM

    And boy fans wonder why there team stinks. jerruh is too busy making $ to care.

  9. poetpft says: Sep 3, 2014 4:29 PM

    Jones is a snake.

  10. tvjules says: Sep 3, 2014 4:29 PM

    Jerry’s got to make up revenue from Cowboys playoff ticket sales that he’ll never pocket.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    The irony of Jerry Jones is he wants with enormous passion for the Cowboys to be relevant but his antics and bad management keep them in the gutter competitively…. so he has to stoop to gimmicks to keep us talking about him.

    I have no problem with them signing Sam to the practice squad… but having a presser for a practice squad guy and then selling practice squad jerseys….. gimmicks at best. Reeks of desperation to stay relevant.

  12. djbleedthestar says: Sep 3, 2014 4:31 PM

    Y’all are acting like toy wouldn’t do the same? This is a win win for Jerry. He gets a good defensive player on practice squad who may be able to help later on but also gets sales in the process. Jonny football or Tim Tebow wouldn’t give him this deal cause they wouldn’t play. I think it’s great

  13. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Sep 3, 2014 4:31 PM

    No surprise here

  14. danind says: Sep 3, 2014 4:35 PM

    Rams didn’t do the same thing? oh wait, they aren’t the Cowboys so its ok, my bad

  15. timmyp716 says: Sep 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    Of course, because that’s what you do when it’s “all about football”

  16. gdive says: Sep 3, 2014 4:38 PM

    No wonder Jimmy Johnson is laughing at Jerruh.

  17. danind says: Sep 3, 2014 4:40 PM

    Certain unnamed football websites using Michael Sam to make money…ok
    Rams using Michael Sam to make money…ok
    Cowboys using Michael Sam to make money…evil

    Rams drafting Michael Sam…heroic, progressive, great franchise, awesome!

    Cowboys actually putting him on their team…divas, attention seekers, idiots, horrible franchise


  18. catquick says: Sep 3, 2014 4:40 PM

    Jimmy Johnson is/was solely responsible for all the ‘Boys SB’s in the 90’s

  19. danind says: Sep 3, 2014 4:41 PM

    so it was ok when the Cowboys have always sold practice jerseys on their website? but its not ok now….?

  20. dietrich43 says: Sep 3, 2014 4:43 PM

    Have you seen the Cowboys drafts in the last 20 years? Adding Sam is actually be one of their better player acquisitions.

  21. antmings says: Sep 3, 2014 4:44 PM

    Why not sell his jersey…y’all are laughing while not only was this a good pick up for Dallas but jerry jones is a smart enough business man to sell the jersey…what part of that should he be ashamed of?? Looks like a football and a business move to me… Btw #letsgoPats

  22. 6ball says: Sep 3, 2014 4:48 PM

    As posted earlier :

    ” 31 NFL teams share merchandising revenues. One, Dallas, operates alone. Class dismissed. ”

  23. footballluvindude says: Sep 3, 2014 4:48 PM

    Did any of you fools kill the Rams when they sold his Jersey? Nah, didnt think so. The Cowboy/Jerry hatred is laughable!

  24. Stiller43 says: Sep 3, 2014 4:48 PM

    I hate the Cowboys, but they’re just capitalizing on a free market society. People will buy it, why not sell it? You (and every other owner) would do the same.

    And do they have duplicate numbers between practice squad/active roster? I didn’t think they did…I mean I guess he COULD change numbers if he is ever signed to the active roster, but he wouldn’t need to.

  25. Squawk and Awe says: Sep 3, 2014 4:49 PM

    A business trying to make money?!?!!? oh noooo……

  26. norcalcard says: Sep 3, 2014 4:52 PM

    So Dallas really does operate alone..They play for the “other” team now..

  27. danind says: Sep 3, 2014 4:52 PM

    Squawk and Awe says:
    Sep 3, 2014 4:49 PM
    A business trying to make money?!?!!? oh noooo……

    you know the liberals don’t believe in that. 1%er…lol

  28. dalfanforever says: Sep 3, 2014 4:53 PM

    Come on MAN!!! No one sells practice squad jerseys!!!

  29. Bull Rush says: Sep 3, 2014 4:53 PM

    The jersey will sell. How much, I don’t know, but Tebow’s Broncos jersey was the hottest seller for a while even when he was sitting third string. Sometimes I don’t get people.

  30. woodrree7 says: Sep 3, 2014 4:54 PM

    Rams did the same thing!!! I for one wouldn’t do it unless people were asking for them or until he made the 53 man roster.

  31. melikefootball says: Sep 3, 2014 4:57 PM

    Jones the love of money, Gödel blinders on .

  32. sabatimus says: Sep 3, 2014 5:00 PM

    So? Each NFL team is a business, last I checked. Either buy it or don’t.

  33. toybkshr says: Sep 3, 2014 5:01 PM

    Bet no one saw that coming!!

  34. sparty0n says: Sep 3, 2014 5:04 PM

    titansbro says: Sep 3, 2014 4:24 PM

    Don’t jersey sales get split amongst all teams?


    The Cowboys are unique. Jerry doesn’t share with the rest of the league which is why in some sporting goods stores, you find every team except the Cowboys.

  35. gborange says: Sep 3, 2014 5:05 PM

    It doesn’t sound as historic with Michael Sam being the first openly gay player ever signed to a practice squad!

  36. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 3, 2014 5:06 PM

    Sam wasn’t on the practice squad when the Rams were selling his jersey…. he was a high profile draft pick, and EVERYONE sells jerseys for high profile draft picks.

    Sam wasn’t drafted by the Cowboys… he was signed as a free agent to the practice squad. And we’re not talking about his jersey being available on the website where I think most teams will allow you to buy any player you want… this is at the pro shop where limited rack space usually limits teams to selling the jersey of their star players. Sam is not a star player for the Cowboys… he’s not even on the 53 man roster.

    This Jerry doing what Jerry does…

  37. hutson14 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:11 PM

    Anything for a buck.

  38. garyridgway says: Sep 3, 2014 5:11 PM

    Jerrah’s gonna Jerrah

  39. bassplucker says: Sep 3, 2014 5:14 PM

    Love the dollar-sign headline. Jerrah deserves every bit of ridicule he is bound to receive for whoring out this situation like he’s doing.

  40. i, flounder says: Sep 3, 2014 5:14 PM

    how dare a business try to make money. shame on them. shame.

  41. icebowler says: Sep 3, 2014 5:15 PM

    I didn’t realize the cowboys were switching to a 4-3 defense? Sam has no position in a 3-4. This is a $ham!

  42. smackingfools says: Sep 3, 2014 5:22 PM

    Jerry just wants to be in the news. Doesn’t matter if it’s signing a gay player or keeping a scrub around that got behind the wheel and killed his teammate. As long as it’s in the news, he’s fine with it.

  43. goldrush36 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:23 PM

    Ummm ever think the rams did it because well you know they drafted him? He wasn’t an official practice squad player. He was a draftee and a popular one.

  44. pocketcow says: Sep 3, 2014 5:23 PM

    The NFL’s revenue-sharing model is universally lauded as the reason pro football continues to thrive in tiny markets like Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    The bulk of the league’s revenue – approximately $4 billion in 2011 – comes from broadcast deals with NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and DirecTV. That income is shared equally among all teams. Income from licensing deals – everything from jerseys to posters to team-logo beer coolers – is also shared evenly.

    Ticket revenue is split using a slightly different formula: the home team keeps 60 percent of “the gate” for each game, while the visiting team gets 40 percent.

  45. zygizag says: Sep 3, 2014 6:24 PM

    The guy they cut to make room for him is a Safety and was immediately picked up by the need safety depth Vikings for their practice squad. Thank you Sam and Jerry.

  46. pacificdan says: Sep 3, 2014 6:53 PM

    Well, icebowler, I guess its a good thing the Cowboys switched to a 4-3 when Ryan left a few years ago. But hey, don’t let a little thing like facts get in the way of blind hatred.

  47. atlfan31833 says: Sep 3, 2014 6:54 PM

    Nothing wrong with selling his jersey. Not selling the other 9 that are on practice squad would be discrimination.

  48. abninf says: Sep 3, 2014 7:03 PM

    catquick says:

    Jimmy Johnson is/was solely responsible for all the ‘Boys SB’s in the 90’s

    Who hired him?

  49. coloradocowboy says: Sep 4, 2014 4:04 AM

    I heard Adam Schefter say today that this signing is NOT a natural fit because Sam is a 4-3 DE and Dallas plays a 3-4.

    Way to be TWO YEARS out of date there guy.

    Hint: Dallas switched to a 4-3 when Jerry fired Rob Ryan and hired Monte Kiffin.

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