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NAACP QUESTIONS COWBOYS’ HIRING

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The NAACP says it plans to investigate the Dallas Cowboys' hiring practices and will call for boosting the number of minorities in management posts.

Shannon Reeves, the new southwest region director of the NAACP, said no minorities are among the team's top executives, but 70 percent of the players are.Reeves told reporters Wednesday that "There has to be opportunity in the big house," threatening to call for a boycott of Cowboys games, merchandise and sponsors if the team's response is unsatisfactory.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones conceded there are no minorities in the front office. He noted, however, that the management team is made up of friends and people who have been working for him for their entire careers.

The NAACP review, which is expected to last 10 days, will also zero in on minority participation among Texas Stadium vendors and companies that provide services for the Cowboys, Reeves said.

"We have been unable to find any minority vendors, particularly African-Americans, doing business at Texas Stadium," he said.