March 28, 2005
SportsLine.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- NFL owners have voted to disband regional networks run by the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.

In return, the teams will get items for local use from the NFL Network, which conducts shows that includes all 32 coaches.

The decision was made at last week's meetings in Maui, Sports Business Journal reported Monday. It was approved by a vote of 30-1 with one abstention.

The NFL Network began broadcasting in late 2003 and has had increasing control in recent months in broadcasting league events, ranging from announcements of the Hall of Fame vote to live news conferences from league meetings.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue had previously placed a moratorium on adding regional networks, although the Cowboys were allowed to keep running theirs because it had already started. The new league move does not "grandfather" in networks only in existence.

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