Jones thinks a team or two is headed to L.A.

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Collectively, the NFL’s owners have yet to decide whether a franchise will relocate to Los Angeles.  Individually, more and more of them have expressed a belief that it’s going to happen.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently has joined the growing chorus of owners that see the NFL back in L.A.

“It does,” Jones said on PFT Live regarding the notion that it looks like a team or two will be returning to Los Angeles in 2016.  “[Chargers owner] Dean Spanos is outstanding, [Raiders owner] Mark Davis has got a legacy associated with Los Angeles, the Raiders, and of course [Rams owner] Stan Kroenke is one of the top owners we have in the room.  They’re doers, their teams are in a position that can do it.

“It’s going to mean a huge risk and a huge commitment of dollars to whoever does it,” Jones added.  “That will assure us that they’ll kill themselves making this a success.  Los Angeles is big to the NFL, it’s bigger than your normal consideration.  Los Angeles just has a ‘wow’ factor that we’ve got to do it right.  And that’s my biggest concern.  All of these guys are capable, they’ve got teams that the fans of Los Angeles are familiar with in all cases; two that have been in Los Angeles and one that’s been right down the road. So this is a good situation I think.”

What about the looming possibility that a team like the Raiders will end up right down the road from the Cowboys, in San Antonio?

“Well if they go there, we have a plain suburb called Plano, Texas right outside of Dallas. There’s a higher percentage of Cowboy fans in San Antonio than there is in Plano; 97 percent.  So it’s a great hotbed for us down there, we do a lot of things down there, we train down there.  So if they go down there they’ll be surrounded with a lot of Cowboy fans and that’s good, that’s good.  The main things I’m interested in is the fans in San Antonio getting all the football they deserve to get.”

Regardless, fans in L.A. will be getting plenty of football.  Whether they deserve it depends on how many of them show up to experience it.

39 responses to “Jones thinks a team or two is headed to L.A.

  1. LA has a wow factor like WOW!!! they already drive 4 teams out of town by not supporting them.

  2. First owner that can run around the table and prop up the old geezers’ hands gets to move their franchise.

  3. What’s worse? Jerrah Jones awful face lift from a few years ago or Mark Davis’ bowl cut? Jerrah underestimates how many here is Texas despise his team. A second franchise, even in the DFW area would do well.

  4. LA hasn’t had a team in 20+ years…. (honestly they dont seem to miss it as much as the NFL does) The teams that were there previously have left because it was a huge success…. So let’s put 2 more teams back there?! Why not try 1 team and see if you can get LA actually interested first…

  5. Hey Jerry, I appreciate you finally acknowledging that the NFL can survive in San Antonio, however, 97% is a VERY liberal number and it’d shrink to probably 20% once the people of San Antonio have their own.

    It still doesn’t make sense to me when people suggest the Raiders would move to St. Louis after losing the Rams (as well as their being the 2nd team to vacate the city in the previous 30 years.) not to mention that St. Louis is a decaying city with a shrinking population and a bit of a racial equality complex.

  6. Mr. Jones, All three teams have called Los Angeles home and all three will be a success in the Los Angeles market.

    LA is not the same as before and if the Chargers move from San Diego to LA. Then the team will be the team for Southern California. I truly believe that Southern California will support the team(s) that will call Inglewood or Carson home.

  7. Whichever team goes to l.a better be a consistent winner. Everyone knows l.a. will not support a losing team as evidenced by attendance records for rams and raiders games in the early nineties. 15,000 people in an 80,000 seat stadium.

  8. @ketch20too: “LA has a wow factor like WOW!!! they already drive 4 teams out of town by not supporting them.”

    The “wow” factor Jerry has in mind is more like “Wow, what a huge TV market just sitting there for us to tap” and “Wow, imagine how much more money we can get for the AFC and NFC TV rights packages if we add an L.A. team to both conferences.”

    Face it, as long as TV revenue is king and L.A. remains a huge TV market, the NFL will continue to covet it, no matter how many teams come and go from the market.

  9. Anyone who doesn’t think that Kroenke hasn’t vetted his deal with Kraft and Jones is nuts. These guys talk and they are not about to hurt each other’s businesses.

    The NFL will easily work in LA. The last two franchises to leave left because of ownership. Georgia Frontieri, the widow from St Louis, moved the Rams out of LA and into Anaheim and ran them into the ground before bringing them to her native St Louis. She never offered the team up for sale to local interests in LA. The Raiders and Al Davis, well you do the math. Kroenke will build a state of the art facility at Hollywood Park in Inglewood and the Rams will become one of the most valuable franchises in the NFL, right up their with the Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, and Redskins.

    Forbes ranked the St Louis Rams as the least valuable franchise in the NFL in 2014. That’s 32 out of 32. The Cowboys and Patriots are worth three times as much as the Rams. The Rams are worth less than $1 billion. The Cowboys are worth $3.2 billion and the Patrtiots are worth $2.6 billion. Kroenke is not going to leave $1.5 billion on the table and remain in St Louis. It makes no sense.

  10. It’s always about the money with these guys… Charging full price for pre-season games when the starters barely play. Or going to an 18 game schedule, or playing games outside the U.S. to globalize. Can’t we leave the game alone.

    I guess the “Greed is Good” mantra is what drives these rich owners.

  11. Everyone keeps talking about LA’s huge TV market. What do the football fans of LA do on Sundays now, watch reruns of Gilligan’s Island?

  12. I wonder if people complained as much about moving to a 10, 12, 14, or 16 game schedule back in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s as people today do about moving to 18.

    Remembering of course that the last time the NFL expanded their season was around the time teams #27 and #28 (Buccaneers & Seahawks) were introduced in the mid-70’s.

    There’s been four expansions since. The playoffs have expanded since. National exposure and popularity has grown, it’s time to move to 18 games and get rid of two of the terrible preseason games.

  13. Bill Bellichek is insider trading on the eventual LA location.
    He just can’t help himself. Everybody feels like Bellichek doesn’t have to cheat…but he does.

  14. Jerry also thinks Greg Hardy has served his punishment (getting paid 13 million dollars to do nothing) and he probably believes George W. Bush was the greatest president in the history of the U.S.

  15. Cut the cost of preseason games to 25% of a regular season game. Then similarly cut the take of the owners and players.

    If they did that, players and owners would agree to expand to 18 games, including 4 preseason.

  16. Reporter: Do the Cowboys feel that domestic violence is not a problem in the NFL?

    Jones: Hey, how about LA, I bet there will be 2 teams.

    Reporter: Um, well back to my…

    Jones: (cutting him off) No seriously. L freaking A! Can you believe it! Can’t wait.

    Reporter: So. Um, ok but..

    Jones: (cutting him off) I got to run guys, it’s been real. LA Baby!

  17. Deciphering Jerruh’s long-winded statement:

    “Well if they go there, we have a plain suburb called Plano, Texas right outside of Dallas.
    (Good job, Jerruh. Tick off a ”plain” suburb of 225,000 residents.)
    There’s a higher percentage of Cowboy fans in San Antonio than there is in Plano; 97 percent.
    (Not sure the number is THAT high, Jerruh, but it’s high.).
    So it’s a great hotbed for us down there (HINT: San Antonio is another suburb of Dallas, albeit 280 miles away; we’re not giving that up to any team), we do a lot of things down there (thought not lately), we train down there (once in a while. Not last year, not this year).
    So if they go down there they’ll be surrounded with a lot of Cowboy fans and that’s good, that’s good. (And because of that, that team won’t survive down there. I’ll see to it.)
    The main things I’m interested in is the fans in San Antonio getting all the (Dallas Cowboys) football they deserve to get.”

    Jerruh and the late Bud Adams (of the then-Oilers) pretty much said the same thing 20-plus years ago. Publicly, they said they supported a third NFL team in Texas. But when it came time to vote, they led the charge against it. Jerruh would rather give up plain ol’ Plano, TX than San Antonio. The man’s a liar of immense proportions.

  18. That 97% number might not be right, Maybe JJ Should take a look at all border cities, they are the fastest growing market in US the last 10 years, add San Antonio-Austin, people from there would be excited to host a football team.
    Mark Davis shouldn’t be afraid to compete with Jerry Jones

  19. The “wow” factor Jerry has in mind is more like “Wow, what a huge TV market just sitting there for us to tap” and “Wow, imagine how much more money we can get for the AFC and NFC TV rights packages if we add an L.A. team to both conferences.”
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    12is3times4 ..of course that is what he meant…sarcasm is completely wasted on-line

  20. The only guy that has the money to mitigate the risk is Kroenke. The Rams will be announced as the team going and the Chargers will be given a year to work out things with SD. Prayers that it will be without Mark the rat Fabiani

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