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Jerry Jones says two teams could move to L.A., apparently soon

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been talking a lot lately about the NFL returning to Los Angeles.

He talked a little more about it on Wednesday, with NFL Network.

“I think with basis, I feel more imminent about a team being in here, that is it more imminent, than any time since we haven’t had a team in Los Angeles,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.  “This market is a huge market.  It is a little bit of a black eye for all of us to have had this many years and not had an NFL team in Los Angeles.  The owners don’t mess much up; I am saying that with a smile.  But we haven’t gotten this one right.  There are people, there are locations, there are people that are interested — viable people — that could help us put this thing together.

“As it turns out, we do have two teams . . . that could move to this area. There won’t be any expansion, so it will be teams that move.”

The teams that could move most easily are the Rams (after the 2014 season) and the Chargers (after any given season, thanks to a buyout clause at Qualcomm Stadium that shrinks every year).

Both teams previously were headquartered in L.A.  The Rams from 1946 through 1994, and the Chargers for their inaugural season in 1960.

Observers and insiders have said for years that the NFL won’t go back to L.A. unless and until the right deal comes along, which typically means finding a partner who is willing to do a bad deal.  Besides, with the NFL experiencing unprecedented growth and popularity since the Rams and Raiders left a generation ago, it’s hard to make the case that not being in Los Angeles has hurt the NFL in any way.

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159 Responses to “Jerry Jones says two teams could move to L.A., apparently soon”
  1. Waxxx4321 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:20 AM

    Why are you worried about LA when you have your lousy Dallas cowboy team to worry about?

  2. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 25, 2013 12:23 AM

    Jerry Jones keeps hinting at this. It is clear that he is in the running for such a franchise. I would fully expect him to make a push for LA.

  3. swaggyy says: Jul 25, 2013 12:24 AM

    I take anything Jerruh Jones says with a grain of salt

  4. eastsideballa says: Jul 25, 2013 12:25 AM

    Move the Bengals to LA, no reason why a garbage state like Ohio has 2 NFL teams.

  5. philly4lyfe says: Jul 25, 2013 12:28 AM

    jerry jones says a lot of things

  6. kappy32 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:28 AM

    Get the Jets out of NY/NJ please. Thank you.

  7. carlsbadboltfan says: Jul 25, 2013 12:30 AM

    Choo! Choo! Joetoronto! I think I see the Mayflower trucks rolling into Oakland.

  8. laserrocketarm31 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:31 AM

    Until you have a team in LA and you have fans act as if LA cannot support a team, the NFL is just a hillbillys pastime. If your sport attracts fans who think LA cannot support an LA team, you know you are only attracting the white trash trailer court illiterate crowd.

  9. tinbender2000 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:34 AM

    All that money and this fool can’t get out of his own way.

  10. vbe2 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:35 AM

    The Los Angeles Cowboys? Hmmm…

    ==============================

    Besides, with the NFL experiencing unprecedented growth and popularity since the Rams and Raiders left a generation ago…

    ==============================

    1994 was a “generation ago”? I thought a generation was at least 25 years?

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 25, 2013 12:36 AM

    Jerry seems to know something and is just dying to share it. I think the Rams going back to L.A. makes sense.

  12. jayniner says: Jul 25, 2013 12:36 AM

    On behalf of Southern California:

    DON’T YOU THREATEN US WITH A GOOD TIME!!!!!!!

  13. sleepsoncouches says: Jul 25, 2013 12:36 AM

    St. Louis’ facility is almost as bad as Metrodome, been to both frequently. Unless East Missouri plans on building a new facility in the next 3 to 7 years, kiss the Rams goodbye….it was a good run.

  14. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 25, 2013 12:37 AM

    God I hope its the Jags and the Chargers. They need a new fan base.

  15. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 25, 2013 12:38 AM

    Why are we even giving this jerryatric the box to stand on. He acts like he is the commissioner. How come he is the only owner talking about this on a consistent basis. Please Jerry shut up and worry about your team and the 15 injured players already on the PUP

  16. dirtysouthironmen says: Jul 25, 2013 12:40 AM

    This is awesome. I think this is the first article talking about a team moving to LA that Florio has not selected the Jaguars in the “Latest Stories in” Could it be the Jagaurs staying in Jacksonville is finally understood by Big Mike and the rest of the media?

  17. cliffordc05 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:41 AM

    I find the Jones comments to be mildly amusing but not particularly relevant to the current issue. The NFL has always been one day closer to returning to L.A. than they were the day they left. Kind of like the Cowboys are one day closer to their next Superbowl than they were they day after their last one.

    Think about a time way in the future. One of the few things remaining on the planet will be the chemically treated remains of Jerry Jones’s face.

  18. coloradofort says: Jul 25, 2013 12:41 AM

    The wheels on the bus go round and round….

  19. donth8thehorns says: Jul 25, 2013 12:47 AM

    Cause he is greedy! He wants a % of all the $$ that will come to him as a part of a LA deal! It’s far to large of a market! The rams & chargers are making so little money! The owners want a larger share from that city!

  20. majormeatcurtains says: Jul 25, 2013 12:49 AM

    Wigger needs a check! Help me pay off my face stretch! HELP!

  21. majormeatcurtains says: Jul 25, 2013 12:49 AM

    Kill it PFT you JJ momas

  22. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 25, 2013 12:51 AM

    I can assure you, Los Angeles does not want the Browns. Rest easy, Angelinos.

  23. raiderssf says: Jul 25, 2013 12:53 AM

    Jones is contradicting what Goodell said about not wanting to move current teams and wanting to expand, get your story straight NFL. Speaking from a season ticket holder whose teams tends to be mentioned as one team that is destined for Los Angeles (Not in this article, Thanks Florio), it sucks. As for Los Angeles, IMO, there should be (2) teams in Northern California and (2) teams in Southern California. But having (3) teams in Southern California when the one team that is already there is struggling for attendance, IMO, does not make that much sense. With that said I guess I favor the Rams moving back cause that would renew their rivalry with the 49ers. But damn, if that were to happen, I would really feel bad for the St. Louis football fans with both the Cardinals and Rams leaving.

  24. Slackmo says: Jul 25, 2013 12:55 AM

    Introducing the Los Angeles Cowboys of Anaheim!

  25. deadeye says: Jul 25, 2013 12:57 AM

    “The owners don’t mess much up”

    ==========================

    Maybe not, but putting a team, or teams, in LA just because it’s big market is a mistake. Hasn’t the time since the Rams and Raiders left LA been the most profitable for the NFL?

  26. iced107 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:59 AM

    I’d count the Rams out. It’ll be $500 Million plus in relocation fee’s, and if they moved they wouldn’t be eligible for the $200 million dollar loan from the NFL.

    Don’t expect Kroenke to lose out on $700 million to move a team when it’ll cost around same to build a stadium in St.Louis.

    And if LA was such a hot market, why haven’t the chargers moved yet? they’ve been year to year for a bit, yet haven’t moved…

    Market size is almost irrelevant in the NFL for owners – the revenue sharing is split anyway,it’s not like baseball’s Front offices.

  27. natijim235 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:01 AM

    jerry visits LA frequently for has monthly facelift

  28. mackcarrington says: Jul 25, 2013 1:06 AM

    Seems that Jones is running his mouth a little too much concerning football in LA. I know he is supposed to be on some committee or something, but it has been very quiet in LA regarding a new stadium since the “Farmers Field” announcement months ago. There are still a lot of moving parts to all of that. The builder of the stadium is going to want a piece of whatever team moves in. They’re not just going to want to own the stadium. Yes, there are 2 viable entities involved in building 2 different stadiums. Will there be 1 or 2? Urban or suburban? Both? Jones said “the owners don’t mess much up”. To this point it hasn’t been the owners messing things up. It has been local political hacks. It seems they have finally gotten out of their own way. So now it does fall on the NFL to decide what they want to do. I hope Jones isn’t speaking out of school. and knows what he is talking about. It would be great if LA could build 2 new football stadiums so teams wouldn’t have to share and each could have their own separate identities in their own stadiums.

  29. mrgroovesd says: Jul 25, 2013 1:13 AM

    “Both team were previously headquartered in LA…the Chargers for their inaugural season in 1960″ LOL That was over 50 years ago and after their first season in LA they got out of that hell hole of a city.

  30. azdesertdweller says: Jul 25, 2013 1:13 AM

    Stop talking, Jerry.

  31. foooolerm says: Jul 25, 2013 1:14 AM

    Isn’t that what they call a rhetorical question

  32. roidsg3 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:23 AM

    Jerry’s just sharing info…just like what he did with his draft board

  33. staffordsyear says: Jul 25, 2013 1:23 AM

    Doesn’t he have his own team to worry about?..smh.

  34. youcantquitmebaby says: Jul 25, 2013 1:24 AM

    Goodell would be better off moving the London game to LA. It’s not the International Football League, after all.

  35. mattbarkley123 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:24 AM

    looks like jerry lost his mind

  36. kruciald says: Jul 25, 2013 1:25 AM

    Bring back Jim Everett and the LA Rams !!!

  37. upperdecker19 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:26 AM

    An existing team is gonna be a tough sell here in LaLa land.

  38. henryjones20 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:26 AM

    bye bye jacksonville!! hahahah

  39. myuratich says: Jul 25, 2013 1:27 AM

    Just promise that you’ll keep being the Cowboys GM, so my team has a little easier road to the playoffs

  40. bigcali4life says: Jul 25, 2013 1:27 AM

    Word on the street here in the Bay is Mark Davis has been in negotiations to sell the team to a group who wants to move to LA. Although, this is mostly rumors from local radio and message boards that the proposal of an Oakland stadium is hot smoke. So take it with a grain of salt.

  41. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 25, 2013 1:29 AM

    Jerry . . . Stop Helping

    Sincerely
    Everyone in L.A. who wants our own team

  42. cavemanna says: Jul 25, 2013 1:33 AM

    I’ve always thought it should be the rams to go back to LA

  43. jagwires says: Jul 25, 2013 1:41 AM

    He also thinks his team can contend for a Super Bowl, that Romo is worth $100 million, and Traveris friggin Frederick was worth a first round pick.

    Nothing to see here folks.

  44. tyler4richardson says: Jul 25, 2013 1:49 AM

    Doesn’t he also believe he is the best GM in football for the past 20 years?

  45. ozymandias121 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:50 AM

    The Botox and Plastic Surgery is finally rotting his brain……..wait you need to have one to begin with for it to rot.

  46. smoothaswilkes says: Jul 25, 2013 1:51 AM

    Worst. Idea. Ever. Nobody cares about football in LA unless it’s the Raiders. Everyone else are mostly transplants, so who is getting behind either of those teams? If the Chargers leave SD, they are not bringing their fans with them. And the Rams? How’d that go last time first in LA then in Anaheim. Good luck, Jerry. I think you’re getting it wrong… again.

  47. raiderswin00 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:52 AM

    All Jerry thinks about now is money, not championships.

  48. bigbosscrispy says: Jul 25, 2013 1:54 AM

    I’m from NYC and I moved out to LA 10 years ago. This town is not a football town, the fans here are straight trash. The NFL should do itself a favor and never waste a dime on moving a team to LA for the simple fact that mostly everyone I meet here is from someplace else and are fans of other teams…. Go Big Blue!!

  49. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jul 25, 2013 1:59 AM

    This man built the NFL’s top NFL team so you might want to listen to him a bit haters! Look at Forbes. He must be doing Something right. Hate him all you want but in the end, it’s you that has to slave for half a day!

  50. hibrownsfan says: Jul 25, 2013 1:59 AM

    As a Browns fan I feel for any fans outside of California that loses their team to LA. I just feel like this shouldn’t be allowed. Teams are so attached to their cities.

  51. John A. says: Jul 25, 2013 2:16 AM

    Do you ever get the feeling that outside of what’s going on with the Pokes (and sometimes not even with them), that Jerruh doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to the league or other teams?

    Funny how that works… He’s the only source spouting off this talk. You *know* all the outlets reporting this ‘story’ have tried to confirm it with other sources. Had they been successful with that, they would have certainly had mentioned it.

    But they aren’t and haven’t.

    Me thinks Jerruh is just talking out of his butt. Again.

  52. scaarepittschamberofcommerce says: Jul 25, 2013 2:22 AM

    if this asshat wants a team in LA so bad why doesnt he move his own damn team

  53. nobreak1269 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:36 AM

    The Los Angeles Rams were my favorite team until they moved from L.A. I hope they move back. St.Louis Rams never sounded right.

  54. souldogdave says: Jul 25, 2013 2:39 AM

    He tries so hard to be relevant and “in the know”. LOL. He should receive the Al Davis award for hubris.

  55. danielcammarano says: Jul 25, 2013 2:39 AM

    Does anyone take anything he says seriously anymore?

  56. msclemons67 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:40 AM

    Los Angeles is the armpit of America. The NFL is better off staying from that desolate wasteland of concrete, despair and suck.

  57. kingpel says: Jul 25, 2013 2:45 AM

    Meanwhile owners in St Louis, Jacksonville, Oakland and San Diego are all happy where they currently are and have no plan of relocating. Someone is full of crap and I don’t think it is Jerry……….this time.

  58. lafan101 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:48 AM

    Probably because his Cowboys train just outside of L.A. in Oxnard. It’s going to be the Raiders and Rams. Chargers will stay in San Diego. NFL will get two new stadiums in L.A. and S.D. and rotate Super Bowls. These are the teams that make the most sense for Los Angeles and the NFL. Keep the divisions as they are and renew the in-state rivalry between the 49ers and L.A. Rams. Raidernation started in L.A. and has a huge fan base here and a SoCal rivalry with the Chargers It will be the City of Industry site which will become a football Disneyland with 600 acres in the middle of three counties. Raiders and Rams will be back within two years.

  59. burnpittsburgh says: Jul 25, 2013 2:50 AM

    As a Browns fan, I’m always expecting the worst. If we lose this team because of JH3 I don’t think any of us will ever recover. It’s unthinkable to me, but so was the first time.

  60. ravenmuscle says: Jul 25, 2013 3:18 AM

    If Dallas got a REAL GM who knew football AND a REAL personnel director who knew talent the Cowboys would get back to the playoffs.

    Too bad that rich people think they are also smart.

  61. ambitoos says: Jul 25, 2013 3:23 AM

    When I hear it from the Chargers or the Rams, I’ll believe it. The Chargers have said they want to stay in San Diego and are trying to get a new stadium deal City leaders want to improve the downtown port area with a new stadium. They also want to line their pockets with taxpayer money.

  62. hawkstradamus says: Jul 25, 2013 3:27 AM

    Jerry wants a team back in la because teams share tv money. He’ll get more dough with teams in a big market like la

  63. slick3 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:42 AM

    Don’t the soccer fans in California outnumber the football fans now days?

  64. vikingstillidie says: Jul 25, 2013 3:58 AM

    Jerry Jones is what you DO NOT want your GM to be like.

  65. slugbaitspace says: Jul 25, 2013 4:15 AM

    “I think with basis, I feel more imminent about a team being in here, that is it more imminent, than any time since we haven’t had a team in Los Angeles,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.”

    I think with basis, I feel Jerry Jones drank a LOT more beer than I did today…or is it more imminent beer? I’m confused.

  66. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:33 AM

    The face and mouth of below average.

  67. tomtravis76 says: Jul 25, 2013 5:12 AM

    Don’t count out Miami. Nobody wants them to leave that market, but the NFL does not like to be embarrassed by government officials. The league does not care about a states finances, when the league says they want something, either do it or bye bye NFL.

  68. joetoronto says: Jul 25, 2013 5:27 AM

    The Chargers will go there to die. No big deal, they don’t have a fan base anyway.

  69. leftyman says: Jul 25, 2013 6:24 AM

    Apparently Los Angeles is the NFL’s hypotenuse.

  70. kabasaman says: Jul 25, 2013 6:46 AM

    If you believe Jerry , He’s got some extra seats for the Super bowl…

  71. dcapettini says: Jul 25, 2013 6:49 AM

    Since Jerry doesn’t seem to know anything about the team he owns and is General Manager of, why would anyone pay attention to something that is totally out of his interests? Its like listening to Dan Snyder.

  72. jimmysee says: Jul 25, 2013 6:52 AM

    We in L.A. actually like not having a team.

    It gives us a wide range of games each Sunday without any issues of a local blackout or restrictions because out own cruddy team is on the tube.

    If we promise never to attend home games, would the NFL stay out?

    (Hope so.)

  73. gbfanforever says: Jul 25, 2013 6:55 AM

    It’s so strange to think there is a very real chance the raiders and rams end up back in LA like the last 20 years never happened.

  74. yetanotherfan says: Jul 25, 2013 6:56 AM

    Why would anyone take Jerry Jones seriously? Who is gullible enough to believe this egotistical self-promoter’s rantings? Jones craves attention and power.

    The NFL in general, most especially Goodell, and Jones specifically continue to try bluffing other cities to spend more on public financing of new stadium construction and existing stadium renovation. Jones also has a financial incentive to goad other teams to move so that those teams have to pay relocation fees to the other NFL owners.

    There isn’t anything close to a credible stadium plan in LA either. No site is close to having financing or political approval for construction.

    There is no ongoing financial benefit for the NFL having a team in LA but there is a financial disincentive. Because LA has no teams now, the NFL gets to show the maximum number of games on Sunday in the LA market (the number two TV market in the country) every week, which means better overall TV ratings and advertising revenue for NFL broadcasts, which means higher payments to the NFL from networks broadcasting the NFL.

    LA has never been a pro football town. The lead sports have been baseball, pro and college basketball, and college football for many decades. The Rams moved to Anaheim several years before the Raiders arrived in town and neither team was ever able to public financing to build a new stadium in LA or even to renovate the LA Coliseum.

  75. drtharrison says: Jul 25, 2013 6:56 AM

    I still think the best idea, considering that so many who live in LA is not from LA (I was one), is to have every team play a non-conference game there, and one in London, every two years. Rotate it around.

  76. drtharrison says: Jul 25, 2013 6:58 AM

    I still think the best idea, considering that so many who live in LA are not from LA (I was one), is to have every team play a non-conference game there, and one in London, every two years. Rotate it around.

  77. shadcan says: Jul 25, 2013 7:00 AM

    Wow, my Jags aren’t tagged in this? Someone has been paying attention.

  78. kane337 says: Jul 25, 2013 7:02 AM

    Please don’t put 2 teams in LA. Just one. History shows they won’t support 2 teams. Just bring the Rams back to LA as they had a very long history there.

  79. jimmyt says: Jul 25, 2013 7:03 AM

    I chuckle whenever I hear about the “huge market” in L.A. They are talking about the television market which they already have right now and which is very lucrative. One (just one) of the problems with L.A. is that it is a huge sprawling mess that would require a large amount of fans to travel three or even more hours just to get to the stadium. Once the newness has worn off, believe me they won’t sell out (Dodgers have the same issue). That lucrative market will be blacked out and no one will be happy. Add that one big issue to all the other big issues with moving a team to L.A. and it just makes no sense. Cali is flat broke, it would take a king’s ransom to get a team to move there, the cost of a new stadium and infrastructure to support it etc., etc., etc… and Jerry Jones is nuts.

  80. yetanotherfan says: Jul 25, 2013 7:15 AM

    Why would anyone take Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seriously? Who is gullible enough to believe this egotistical self-promoter’s rantings? Jones craves attention and power.

    The NFL in general, most especially Commissioner Goodell, and Jones specifically continue to try bluffing other cities to spend more on public financing of new stadium construction and existing stadium renovation. Jones also has a financial incentive to goad other teams to move so that those teams have to pay relocation fees to the other NFL owners.

    There isn’t anything close to a credible stadium plan in LA either. No site is close to having financing or political approval for construction.

    There is no ongoing financial benefit for the NFL having a team in LA but there is a financial disincentive. Because LA has no teams now, the NFL gets to show the maximum number of games on Sunday in the LA market (the number two TV market in the country) every week, which means better overall TV ratings and advertising revenue for NFL broadcasts, which means higher payments to the NFL from networks broadcasting the NFL.

    LA has never been a professional football town. The lead sports have been baseball, pro and college basketball, and college football for many decades. The Rams moved to Anaheim several years before the Raiders arrived in town and neither team was ever able to public financing to build a new stadium in LA or even to renovate the LA Coliseum.

  81. followme2boston says: Jul 25, 2013 7:15 AM

    A relocation article that does not mention Buffalo? I didn’t think that was allowed.

  82. samtheram says: Jul 25, 2013 7:22 AM

    Nobody cares, this has been talked to death. Jerry Jones trying to stay relevant.

  83. greenmeattruck says: Jul 25, 2013 7:29 AM

    Sign the papers and get it done, Jerra, then you’ll have ANOTHER team to run into the ground all by yourself!

  84. cags777 says: Jul 25, 2013 7:30 AM

    L.A. is a better, viable option than London. Jerry Jones needs to come out and say that to give it some meat and put Roger Goodell in his place.

  85. greenmeattruck says: Jul 25, 2013 7:30 AM

    Here’s an idea, he can run the team into the ground, and then sue the city and the NFL because it’s all their fault! RIP Mr Davis!

  86. These2TrophiesArrrHeavy says: Jul 25, 2013 7:42 AM

    So lousy

  87. shogunassasin30 says: Jul 25, 2013 7:49 AM

    Even still to this day it is weird for me to see the Rams play in a stupid dome, on stupid field turf. They’ve won a sb in St Louis which is great, but they are better remembered as the LA Rams in my book, and they would just be going back to where they belong. Bring back the lighter blue and yellow along with flipper anderson and henry ellard. Open air stadium and grass.

  88. sampsonswag01 says: Jul 25, 2013 7:58 AM

    It’ll be nice having the Rams back on the west coast again and it’ll be nice to have the Chargers a little more northern too.

  89. brucealmty says: Jul 25, 2013 7:59 AM

    So Jerry wants to transition his teams CA preseason practice site into a full fledged move of the Cowboys to LA. Or was he wishing the worst move in football on his worst enemy?
    Either way, as the author said, the NFL is doing just fine without a team in LA.

  90. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 25, 2013 8:07 AM

    “I think with basis, I feel more imminent about a team being in here, that is it more imminent, than any time since we haven’t had a team in Los Angeles.”

    How eloquent. Sometimes Jerry opens his mouth and words just fall out.

  91. 407magic says: Jul 25, 2013 8:08 AM

    LA doesn’t deserve a football team. It’s had 2 already and neither didn’t work.

    Jerry jones is old and is just rambling to get attention. I think he forgot about the team in Dallas that he owns.

  92. patriots123456 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:10 AM

    One of the writers must have seen Jerry’s Team Relocation Board on the wall in his office, which is mounted right next to last years Draft Board, that is still up.

  93. heeeeelzfan says: Jul 25, 2013 8:11 AM

    It seems as though everybody wants a team in LA…except LA.

  94. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jul 25, 2013 8:11 AM

    Not a Cowboys fan.

    But for the Cowbyos fanbase sake, I wish this man would go away forever.

  95. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 25, 2013 8:22 AM

    hmmmmmmm…
    The Ravens
    or
    Clevland?

    LOL….Let the hate begin!!!!

  96. flexx91 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:24 AM

    So I supposed Jerry Jones is now representing the league office? This man is out of control.

  97. justintuckrule says: Jul 25, 2013 8:26 AM

    “The owners don’t mess much up; I am saying that with a smile.”
    ——-
    Except the cowboys owner’s decision not to hire a separate competent GM.

  98. loubearkane says: Jul 25, 2013 8:30 AM

    Put 4 Chargers home games in L.A. for two years. Money generated goes to San Diego to help pay for they’re stadium while gauging the interest of people in L.A. to actually go to a game rather that hit yes on a survey. San diego won’t agree to it , Chargers won’t agree to it but you are not going to get the 700 mil in public funding.

  99. FlashPatterson says: Jul 25, 2013 8:35 AM

    move the Cowboys there.

  100. snaponrules says: Jul 25, 2013 8:37 AM

    If it is such a GREAT spot for a team why do all of them leave?

    IMO this is just another ploy by the NFL to blackmail the other towns into spending huge tax dollars to pay for stadiums for Billionaires.

  101. pilot2011 says: Jul 25, 2013 8:39 AM

    why would a free agent want to give half of his pay check to the government?

  102. quidnuncq says: Jul 25, 2013 8:39 AM

    They’ve already had and lost 3 NFL teams.

    Give San Antonio a chance. Largest city in U.S. without an NFL team.

    Oh, right, that would take away from Jerruh’s fan base…..

  103. deacroman says: Jul 25, 2013 8:40 AM

    OK I know everyone will call me insane, but I think Jerry is up to somethimg with this LA thing.
    Jerry grew up supporting the Rams and I think once the Rams return to LA he and Kroenke will swap teams…..now could Jerry Jones make the LA Rams as valuable or more than the Dallas Cowboys…dream like a billionaire.

  104. cometkazie says: Jul 25, 2013 8:41 AM

    Jerrah’s verbiage is stilted as if he was grasping for words.

    Seems to me the NFL is better off not being in LA for reasons posted above.

  105. hunter300win says: Jul 25, 2013 8:42 AM

    As a Cowboys fan I say that Jerry Jones should buy a team and move it to LA and then He can be GM there and leave my Cowboys alone!

  106. boltdaddy says: Jul 25, 2013 8:55 AM

    Two points

    1. This is the standard NFL script to get some team a new stadium
    2. Jer is now the elder statesman a spokesman for the NFL?

  107. shackdelrio says: Jul 25, 2013 9:02 AM

    We’ve been hearing this for 18 years.

  108. noring4youstill says: Jul 25, 2013 9:08 AM

    And then in 10 years they’ll be moving out. The people of that city won’t support them.

  109. powpow042 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:11 AM

    What is your OBSESSION with the Chargers moving to LA? It is NOT happening. I realize it would be better for your website…but for the millions of SAN DIEGO Chargers fans…please stop with this crazy desire to have the team move to LA. NOT happening.

  110. longdrive2011 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:13 AM

    LA is a lot like Hollywood; pretty on screen but just a empty set behind the scenes. The fan base reaction will be real for the first two years, hyped and propped up by the media for the next two years, and then the empty seats will be revealed.

  111. drainbameged says: Jul 25, 2013 9:18 AM

    LA jets…book it

  112. sportsbastard says: Jul 25, 2013 9:19 AM

    And where might these two teams play? The parking lot at Disney? jarrah is singing the company line, helping his owner pals bluff their way into more public stadium $ in their existing markets.

  113. foul83 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:19 AM

    As long as they keep 32 teams and never, NEVER move outside the U.S.

  114. bencoates57 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:31 AM

    The L.A. Bills. That has a ring to it.

  115. texansdude says: Jul 25, 2013 9:32 AM

    I still don’t hear the cries of the LA populace crying for a team. I think they’re doing just fine. For God’s sake, the NFL was giving away a franchise to someone in LA in ’99 if they just made a decent effort. TWO groups from LA couldn’t do it, and the team was defaulted to Houston. The only people who want the NFL in LA are the owners and the commish.

  116. muskyhunter2542 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:36 AM

    Till the new stadium is totally completed in Minnisota.
    I believe that it will be the Vikings. ;-)

  117. sclazo says: Jul 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    It will be the Rams or the Jags. If the Rams move back then no need to realign the NFCW. If the Jags then send them to the AFCW and send the Chiefs to the AFCS.

  118. sbchampsagain says: Jul 25, 2013 9:43 AM

    Chargers need to move.
    30th worst home attendance rate ;last year. Regular blackouts.
    But they at least beat out Miami and Tampa Bay.

    On that note, why does Florida need 3 lousy teams?
    Share the wealth!

  119. bencoates57 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:44 AM

    Anyone else miss the Barcelona Dragons? How about the NY/NJ Knights?

  120. bencoates57 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:45 AM

    Could be the Vikes. That Minnesota to LA thing has worked out before.

  121. bencoates57 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:48 AM

    The Los Angeles Packers. Yes. Yes. That city loves its cheese. Smoke some more gouda!

  122. pillowporkers says: Jul 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    I think the NFL likes not having a team there so anytime theres a stadium dispute they can threaten LA

  123. bencoates57 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:54 AM

    Anyone think with all the financial problems Miami is having …

    The LA Sharknadoes

  124. ytownjoe says: Jul 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    Ho Hum. Does anybody in Los Angeles care?

    Why have three teams left there?

    Football should be played where there are football fans.

  125. tformation says: Jul 25, 2013 10:27 AM

    Sounds like Jerry is trying to get more public money out of Dallas.

  126. 52lightsxout52 says: Jul 25, 2013 10:33 AM

    tyler4richardson says: Jul 25, 2013 1:49 AM

    Doesn’t he also believe he is the best GM in football for the past 20 years?
    ___________________________________

    Yes, and he thinks he is the de facto commissioner of the League as well. What a colossal ego…

  127. flaccodelic says: Jul 25, 2013 10:35 AM

    Not too many people outside Baltimore remember this, but similar musings were the beginning of the end of the “Baltimore” Colts.

    Robert Irsay used to own the Rams. Carol Rosenbloom owned the Colts through the glory years. The two men essentially swapped franchises because Rosenbloom had family and business interests in LA.

    After the swap, the Rams had (for a time) some decent stewardship, while Irsay hit rock bottom as a drunk and a human in Baltimore. Ten years later, he had alienated the fanbase with deals like the Elway trade, and then took his ball and went to Indy in the middle of the night.

    Now having said that, I’m guessing most Cowboys fans would gladly trade Jerry Jones for most other owners in the league. But it could be just the first domino of further league instability.

  128. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jul 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    I still want to say Los Angeles Rams whenever I think of the team.

  129. MDSisAtool says: Jul 25, 2013 10:41 AM

    STOP PUTTING A MICROPHONE IN HIS FACE!

    -Cowboys fan

  130. SparkyGump says: Jul 25, 2013 10:51 AM

    “The owners don’t mess much up; I am saying that with a smile.” Uh, Jerry, have ya looked at your team’s record since your last Superbowl win?

  131. r8rsfan says: Jul 25, 2013 10:54 AM

    Oakland proposed a 50K seat stadium. Does that sound like a team confident of the support it’s going to receive? The city has had to lay off police due to budget constraints, how could that community contribute towards a new stadium anyway? Writing is on the wall.

  132. citizenstrange says: Jul 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    Jones sure likes to hear himself talk. Even if it is just meaningless, incredibly vague, mumbo jumbo.

    Of course each year, each day, brings you closer to something that hasn’t happened yet. You could insert ANYTHING that hasn’t happened yet in there.

    “I think with basis, I feel more imminent about HAVING FLYING CARS, that is it more imminent, than any time since we haven’t had a team in Los Angeles,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.

  133. standintexas says: Jul 25, 2013 11:08 AM

    It appears to me that main stream media will never be happy until half of ALL pro teams are in NYC and the other half or in LA LA Land.

    Jerry passes gas and it’s news?????

  134. glac1 says: Jul 25, 2013 11:12 AM

    Who would set up business in a state like California.. It’s the next Detroit…bankrupt!

  135. devildog911 says: Jul 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    Maybe he’s moving the Cowboys. L.A. Cowboys?

  136. crush22 says: Jul 25, 2013 11:18 AM

    kruciald says:
    Jul 25, 2013 1:25 AM
    Bring back Jim Everett and the LA Rams !!!

    _________________________________

    Ummm….that’s Chris Everett!

    Sincerley,
    Jim Rome

  137. corndogluv says: Jul 25, 2013 11:25 AM

    LA could support a team but would they. let alone two teams. It seems they’ve tried this before. just because it’s a huge market doesn’t make it an nfl city.

  138. iggles07 says: Jul 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    So why not expand the league by two teams? Why rob from Peter to pay Paul? Does one area deserve a team more so than another? I’ve heard the Vikings mentioned before, and I think it would be a travesty for a place like Minnesota to lose its only pro team and all so California can now have 3 pro football franchises.

    Ok, LA is a big market, so then add two teams to the league rather than deprive an existing fanbase of its team. You could make the other franchise one that’s in the Canadian market, or maybe a market like Colorado.

  139. natelan69 says: Jul 25, 2013 11:35 AM

    Anything to distract this man that his team is the basement of its division.

  140. thedoubleentandres says: Jul 25, 2013 11:51 AM

    Jus reminds me of that bit about teams moving cities at the start of BASEketball

    The Mineappolis Lakers moved to LA where there are no Lakes
    The Oilers moved to Tennessee where they have no oil
    The Jazz moved to Utah…where they dont allow music
    The Raiders moved from Oakland to LA and then back to Oakland….nobody in Los Angeles seemed to notice

  141. clemenza58 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:52 PM

    I don’t understand why many in the media think the Chargers are more likely to move to Los Angeles than the Raiders.

    Despite going nowhere with their stadium prospects, the Chargers have stated they aren’t interested in L.A. and I don’t think Angelinos are interested in them either. Sure they have attendance issues but at least the Chargers are making money in San Diego. Plus, having San Diego remain in the Super Bowl rotation is good for the NFL.

    As far as the Raiders go, they are a financial mess and have almost no shot at getting a new stadium in Oakland. They’re tarping off seats because they can’t sell their games out in their current venue. It’s a bad sign when team officials are pitching a stadium concept with only 50,000 seats. That all the proof you need to show that you’re in the wrong market.

    For the NFL to succeed in Los Angeles, they have to put the right team there. L.A. is still (and will probably always be) a Raiders town. Putting anyone else there would be a gross miscalculation by the league. With all due respect to the late Al Davis, he won’t be there to upset the apple cart anymore. Moving the Raiders back to L.A. should be a no brainer for the NFL.

    Jerry Jones is interested in this situation because it means more revenue for the league and the owners. They all benefit in the revenue sharing model.

  142. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 25, 2013 1:32 PM

    hibrownsfan says: As a Browns fan I feel for any fans outside of California that loses their team to LA. I just feel like this shouldn’t be allowed. Teams are so attached to their cities.

    ***************

    I assume you had the same sentiment when L.A. lost the Rams to St. Louis, then. And when Baltimore lost the Colts to Indianapolis?

    We understand that “as a Browns fan” you believe you are particularly sensitive to the feelings of loss that come with the departure of a team. But you got your replacement. In less than 5 years. We’re still waiting.

  143. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    msclemons67 says: Los Angeles is the armpit of America. The NFL is better off staying from that desolate wasteland of concrete, despair and suck.

    **********

    And this is coming from a resident of what little slice of paradise?

  144. lafan101 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:10 PM

    So much hostility and jealousy from all you small town fools that want to feel good about yourselves by clicking the thumbs down button. The reality is we are a HUGE market and the Lakers, Clippers, LA Kings sellout every game. Dodgers LEAD MLB in attendance. There is a new generation of fans born and raised here that can fill up a stadium. The Rams and Raiders make the most sense and it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. So please go ahead and feel good about your pathetic small town lives by clicking thumbs down. It will still be 75 and beautiful tomorrow and in December while you’re shoveling snow. Oh and to the NYC fan above: the only trash is in NYC and will soon be led by Anthony Weiner.

  145. hatesycophants says: Jul 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    “If you call me Chis one more time, I’m gonna come across this table.”

    “Yeah, alright… Chris.”

    Paraphrased, but still one of the funniest things I’ve seen on television.

    I was thinking the same thing, slugbaitspace. Who talks like that?

  146. taosravenfan says: Jul 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    @doltslose – with your owner and his pedigree , I would be very careful about opining on the ravens or even the browns moving.

    Our owner is breed and born in state unlike yours. Our city has over a 50 year record of football support. We have sold out every single ravens game unlike your team. We have won 2 SB in 16 years while you have 1 in almost 30 years despite having Peyton manning as ur QB.

    I guess what I am telling you is that you are likely treading in thin ice and there would be a number of us who would love to watch you fall thru and freeze your butt off

  147. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2013 4:10 PM

    So Cleveland Rams, to LA Rams, to St Louis Rams, back to LA Rams…. Its like watching a tennis match and the Rockies are the net….

  148. johnogre says: Jul 25, 2013 8:34 PM

    iced107 says: Jul 25, 2013 12:59 AM

    I’d count the Rams out. It’ll be $500 Million plus in relocation fee’s, and if they moved they wouldn’t be eligible for the $200 million dollar loan from the NFL.

    ————————————————————-

    Wrong. Relocation fees will be in the 10s of millions, the fee for the Ravens was $30million, and not anything close to your unfounded estimate. Do the research, and understand the difference between relocation and expansion fees.

    There is no definitive source that states relocating teams cannot receive G-4 funds, the NFL can do whatever it wants, you sound like a St, Louis fan grasping at straws. Remember St. Louis forced the baseball Cardinals to pay for 90% of their new stadium. Kroenke would be better off splitting the costs with the Chargers in LA.

    LA Rams & LA Chargers by 2020.

  149. johnogre says: Jul 25, 2013 8:53 PM

    People claiming that LA fans didn’t or won’t support the NFL are just flat out ignorant. Look at the attendance data, the Raiders and Rams attendance was much better in LA.

    The Rams and Raiders left for one reason only and that’s because STL and OAK were dumb enough to give away $100s of millions of taxpayer money. That’s no longer the case in STL or San Diego so the Rams and Chargers can either stay put and pay for their own new stadiums or move to LA and split the costs on 1 shared building.

    btw, the NFL is NOT going to approve a Raiders move to LA unless the team is sold and rebranded. Mark Davis has too many “daddy issues” for that to happen. The Raiders are moving to Santa Clara but their slumlord Jed York has to sell all the 49ers PSLs and luxury suites before he brings in the section 8 tenants.

    The next big move is McCourt’s contested divorce settlement. Things will get real interesting if he loses and has to sell his Dodger land.

  150. johnnymarlin says: Jul 26, 2013 1:34 AM

    JAX can’t draw 45,000 fans to the stadium. They don’t deserve a franchise.

  151. clemenza58 says: Jul 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    The Jaguars can’t move before 2030. L.A. will have two team well before then.

  152. pressytodd says: Jul 26, 2013 9:40 PM

    Well we now know who is pushing for a LA team in the owners meettings . At least this will help the LA NFL groups intrest if not it will help the teams that are in trouble in attendence at home like the bottom 4 , miami , st louis tampabay and oakland . Tampa likly has a lease , miami is much impeoved leaving st louis and oakland . Oakland being the most likely under new managment but it will not happen with out a new stadium in place.

  153. andyandsheila22 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:27 AM

    Never met a microphone he didn’t like

  154. iced107 says: Jul 27, 2013 1:30 PM

    Wrong. Relocation fees will be in the 10s of millions, the fee for the Ravens was $30million, and not anything close to your unfounded estimate. Do the research, and understand the difference between relocation and expansion fees.

    There is no definitive source that states relocating teams cannot receive G-4 funds, the NFL can do whatever it wants, you sound like a St, Louis fan grasping at straws. Remember St. Louis forced the baseball Cardinals to pay for 90% of their new stadium. Kroenke would be better off splitting the costs with the Chargers in LA.

    LA Rams & LA Chargers by 2020.

    —————————————————–
    Wrong – it’s written the in NFL’s policy guidelines for G4 funds. If a team relocates, it’s not eligible for the loan.

    Why would I care about The Cardinals stadium? Kroenke owns 3 other franchises, and he/his company owns the rights to all 3 stadiums for each team (Avalanche, nuggets, Arsenal).

    Moving a team in the mid 90’s is going to cost significantly less than what would it today. I would have hoped this much was obvious.. Additionally, if the NFL were to add an expansion team, they would earn significantly more money. When the Texans became a franchise, an additional $700 million was put into their pockets through expansion fee’s (not $500 million).They won’t get that if a team relocates there. If you think the owners aren’t going to require a high expansion fee, you’re being naive and unrealistic. Expect a fee to be between $500 million and A billion.

    You really expect Kroenke, a man who already owns 3 stadiums, has a REAL ESTATE company in Missouri, is going to pay for the move, the relocation fee’s, and void the possibility for a G4 loan for a city that hasn’t even built a stadium? Especially since he already has gotten decent tax breaks in his current location?

    oh yea, that makes tons of sense. /sarcasm
    (Don’t expect him to sell part of the team to the city either, after he just bought it)

    Makes ton more sense to build a new stadium in St.Louis. Cheaper and less of a hassle.

  155. keifer1751 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:08 AM

    Spoken by a man proven to know nothing about the NFL. If you are so big on LA, move your team there. Cowboy fans deserve better.

  156. hrmlss says: Jul 31, 2013 2:29 PM

    “Bring back Jim Everett and the LA Rams !!!”

    Or as Jim Rome said, “Chris Everett”. Classic melt down!

  157. dagetawayman421 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:31 PM

    The NFL will never move a team to Los Angeles. Why? Because this is how they hold city hostages for stadium deals. If a team wants a new stadium or upgrades to their current one, they simple have to ask the city/state for it. If the city/state refuses, the NFL can hang the idea of moving the team of Los Angeles over them and pretty much force the issue. That’s how Minnesota got their new stadium. It’s more valuable for the NFL not to have a team in LA, than to actually have one, because that’s how they force the local and state governments to do their bidding. If the NFL were to expand, LA would be the last place to do it, they’d rather put a team in Oklahoma or Portland before LA

  158. secretbonus1 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:12 AM

    Rumor has it the Saints were going to be the team before Katrina, but the city needed them then and joined together to support them back.

    I say just create a new team or two. Plenty of NFL talent that rises the bench.

  159. secretbonus1 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:16 AM

    Nah once they get a team in LA, they will use a different threat to get the stadium deals done. Like Mexico City or Canada or London. Huge markets for it to go global and NFL is already playing a few games abroad. Or even a state with a great college stadium.

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