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Speaking to media Tuesday, Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones said the team has met with MADD to discuss how the franchise can improve preventing drunken driving following two high-profile incidents, including one that took a player's life.

Jones answered questions following a panel organized by the North Texas Commission, which brought together executives from three of the four major professional North Texas sports franchises to talk about their impact on the community.

Joining Jones was Mavericks President and General Manager Donnie Nelson, Stars President and CEO Jim Lites and Ty Votaw, the executive vice president of Communications for the PGA Tour.

Afterward, Jones met with the media, saying he thinks head coach Jason Garrett has done "a great job" putting together the new coaching staff.

Jones was asked about free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer and said the Cowboys are in the business of keeping great football players, and Spencer is one of those.

Tony Romo has a year left on his contract, but Jones said the Cowboys would like to extend Romo's contract sooner rather than later, because they consider him one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

"We'll certainly be looking at his situation; it's certainly that time," said Jones. "We've historically, with quarterbacks of the Dallas Cowboys, have done that ahead of time; we did it with Troy (Aikman)."

There were a couple subjects Jones would not comment on, including whether someone other than Jason Garrett will call plays next year or Jay Ratliff's status with the team following his DWI arrest. But Jones did say the organization is now working with MADD -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving -- something that began after nose tackle Josh Brent arrest for DWI following a crash that killed his teammate Jerry Brown Jr.

"We want to improve and they're going to try to help us get better," said Jones. "We're certainly open to making everybody aware as far as that goes, but certainly making the Dallas Cowboys more aware so we can be better."

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