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NFL Capsule: Saints at Cowboys

NFL Capsule: Saints at Cowboys

NEW ORLEANS (6-8) At DALLAS (8-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Cowboys by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 6-8; Dallas 7-7

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 15-9

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 17; Cowboys No. 12

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Cowboys 30-27, Nov. 24, 2010

LAST WEEK - Saints beat Buccaneers 41-0; Cowboys beat Steelers 27-24 OT

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (31), PASS (31)

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (31), PASS (4)

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14t), RUSH (15), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints have won six of last seven games in series. .... Eleven of 24 games in series decided by at least two touchdowns, though 10 of last 14 by less than 10 points. ... Series has been played at Cotton Bowl, Tulane Stadium, Superdome, Texas Stadium and Cowboys Stadium. ... Despite having NFL's worst overall defense, Saints coming off first shutout victory in 17 years. ... Saints QB Drew Brees surpassed 45,000 career yards passing last weekend. Tony Romo of Cowboys went over 25,000-yard mark. ... New Orleans has averaged 400 total yards a game (292 passing) since 2006. ... Cowboys have won five of six games, and three in row. Win would give them 34th winning season. ... With two games left, Romo has already set single-season team records with 379 completions and 568 attempts. He is 215 yards shy of surpassing his record 4,483 yards passing set three years ago. ... WR Dez Bryant, playing with broken finger, extended his streak to six consecutive games with a TD catch last week. .... Dan Bailey has ended last two games with game-winning kicks, and has three this season. ... Dallas 6-1 in overtime games since start of 2009. ... DeMarcus Ware (11 1/2 sacks) and Anthony Spencer (10) give Dallas first double-digit sack duo since 2007 with Ware and Greg Ellis.

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One analyst explains why Redskins' financial value won't decrease with name change

One analyst explains why Redskins' financial value won't decrease with name change

As it stands now, the Washington Redskins are one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. According to Forbes, the team is worth a whopping $2.2 million -- the 14th most-valuable franchise in all of sports, and the fifth most valuable team in the NFL.

With the team currently conducting an internal review of the moniker, it's worth wondering if a new name would hurt the value of the team. According to Randy Vataha -- the president of Game Plan LLC., which helps the service of helping people buy and sell sports franchises -- it shouldn't.

"I don't think it will really hurt the team's value ultimately," Vataha said to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay.

Vataha explained that each franchise's actual name has little to do with its value.

"We're big believers and have a lot of data that indicates that yes, branding is important, yes, names are important in a lot of ways, but what's really important is the size and the demographics of the market," Vataha said.

The analyst gave the example of New York sports franchises, such as the Knicks and Rangers, and how they are consistently two of the most valuable teams in all of sports. Why? Because they play in New York City.

"The New York teams are all the top teams in every league," Vataha said. "The NFL is a little different because of how they share revenue, but the New York teams are always at the top, not because of the names of the teams. It's because of the marketplace.

"You'll have a lot of people, you'll have a lot of social media, you'll have a lot of political commentary back and forth," Vataha continued. "But at the end of the day, the core value is decided by the size of the market and the demographics of the market."

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This past week, a report surfaced from the Washington Post that the Redskins three minority owners were looking to sell their stake in the team, citing that they were "not happy being a partner" with Redskins majority owner Dan Snyder. The three minority owners -- Fred Smith, Dwight Schar and Robert Rothman -- make up approximately 40 percent of the team's ownership group.

Vataha said he understands both sides of the argument surrounding the team. Additionally, he said that the safest financial decision for the team would be to keep the name, despite all the public backlash they've received over the past couple of weeks.

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However, immediately after, Vataha emphasized once more that he doesn't envision the name change truly making a big difference value-wise.

"I understand the arguments on both sides pretty well," Vataha said. "But I think from the financial standpoint, the safest thing is never change it. But, on the other hand, I don't think it'll be a big hit to value any way at all."

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Ish Smith says the food hasn't been bad in the NBA bubble

Ish Smith says the food hasn't been bad in the NBA bubble

Much has been made about the food provided to players so far in the NBA bubble, particularly during the first phase of arrival where they each quarantined for 36 hours. What has been dubbed as 'bubble grub' doesn't look all that appetizing, or at least like the food millionaires are used to.

For Wizards point guard Ish Smith, though, it's no big deal at all. He was asked about the food and gave the type of humble, down-to-earth answer you would expect from him.

"I'm okay. I'm low maintenance and I'm thankful for anything and everything. You're asking the wrong person. You might have to ask somebody else who lives a little bit more of a high maintenance life," he said. "For me, I'm thankful, I'm blessed. They bring us food, we eat it. I have no problems."

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Smith, 32, has played 10 seasons in the NBA, but you wouldn't know it when talking to him. He seems to have no ego, which might be the result of going undrafted and never being guaranteed anything throughout his career.

Smith doesn't seem to be fazed by any of the elements in Orlando that are making other players uncomfortable. He happens to really, really like going to Disney World, so maybe that helps.

He also just seems to be taking a very patient approach to the NBA's restart, knowing the league is doing what they can to make it all work.

"Obviously, we're in a situation where it's unfamiliar that we're not used to. But we've gotta adjust and kind of roll with the punches. It hasn't been bad. I've got no complaints," he said.

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