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.