Cardinals extend contract to train in Flagstaff

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed a three-year contract extension with Northern Arizona University that will keep the team's training camp on the school's campus through 2012.

The Cardinals have escaped the searing summer heat of the Phoenix area to train at the 7,000-foot elevation of Flagstaff since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1988. The only exception was 2005, when the camp was moved to Prescott because of a flu outbreak on the NAU campus. The university estimates the camp brings an annual $2 million to the area economy.

Arizona players will report to camp on July 30.