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Last year, the Dallas Cowboys ranked third in the NFL in merchandise sales, and three years ago their operation generated more than $90 million. But virtually none of the shirts, jerseys and jackets made for "America's Team" is made in America. Instead, Cowboys merchandise is produced all over the world, and in some cases, in factories that are considered sweatshops, where workers make 29 cents per hour. Currently, claims of labor rights violations, such as mandatory overtime and unfair pay, are coming from workers in some overseas factories that produce Cowboys' apparel. Outside the Lines traveled to Cambodia to visit two of those factories.
After the collapse of the Cowboys' indoor practice facility, reporters investigated the company behind the design to find they have a spotty track record. The Cowboys also took structural advice from an ex-convict who was not qualified.
D Magazine profiles the Dallas citizens who wield the most influence in the city. The magazine's editors did not limit their choices to merely political or business leaders; the list includes community members active in charity work. Among those who made the list are Ray L. Hunt, chairman of Hunt Consolidated Inc.; Robert Decherd, chairman, president and CEO of Belo Corp. David W. Biegler, president and COO of TXU Electric; William T. "Bill" Solomon, chairman and CEO of Austin Industries; and Roger Staubach, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and owner of Staubach Co.