Jerry Jones says he turned down chance to start franchise in L.A.

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Everyone knows the story of Jerry Jones having a deal in place to buy the Chargers in 1966 when he was 23. How history would have changed.

With his business acumen, Jones no doubt would have had the Chargers playing in Los Angeles long before they finally ended up there, likely turning them into one of the NFL’s most valuable franchises. But after buying the Cowboys in 1989, Jones had no interest in owning a team in Southern California.

That’s what he said on his weekly radio show Tuesday.

“Several years back, I was approached by several owners that asked if I would consider selling the team, and the team being a more elite team and I take Los Angeles and build Los Angeles,” Jones said on on 105.3 The Fan. “That was not interesting for me, first of all, from a standpoint of where you are. I could go out and spend my lifetime building a new franchise in a market like Los Angeles and still be 50, 60 years behind the Dallas Cowboys who are out in front. So that didn’t make any sense. But I was born in Los Angeles. That is an attractive part of the world out there. But there is no place, no place is like our area for football and sport.

“We are in the best place in the world for American football. It’s right here in Dallas, Texas. That’s shown by the interest there is in the high school football, which is something completely different relative to the social and the cultural aspect of it, but then our support of the college game and then of course of the Dallas Cowboys. There’s no place like this. This is the best place in the world for football.”

The question was posed after Jones recently told Bloomberg he wouldn’t sell for anything less than $10 billion. America’s Team is valued at $5 billion by Forbes, making it the world’s most valuable sports franchise.

The Panthers were the last team to sell, fetching a record $2.3 billion.

“I certainly think you can justify a $10 billion value, but economically, I’d rather have the Cowboys than the $10 billion,” Jones reiterated on his radio show.

Jones added he wouldn’t sell his team for “no amount of money.”

“The best way to put this as far as on a personal basis, the value of the team, I would trade that perception of that number for the right number of first downs in a New York minute, or the right number of wins, or an opportunity to get to a Super Bowl,” Jones said. “The point is it’s not for sale. Fortunately, it won’t be for sale. My immediate family, Charlotte [Jones Anderson], Stephen [Jones], and Jerry [Jones Jr.], they’ll have it long after I’m gone. That’s just a fact. And, so, it’s just that. It’s a feel-good for people to appreciate the value, but only to the extent that it helps first downs, that’s all it counts for because the unit you use that value in commerce because they know they can’t get to it. There’s no amount of money that would get the Cowboys.”

34 responses to “Jerry Jones says he turned down chance to start franchise in L.A.

  1. “We are in the best place in the world for American football. It’s right here in Dallas, Texas. That’s shown by the interest there is in the high school football, which is something completely different relative to the social and the cultural aspect of it, but then our support of the college game and then of course of the Dallas Cowboys. There’s no place like this. This is the best place in the world for football.”

    I rarely agree with JJ, but he is 100% correct about this.

  2. Ok Jerry. I’ll call your bluff. You can win the next 2 Super Bowls but you need to sell after the second parade for the $5B Forbes says the team is worth. You doing it now? Guarantee you take that deal and tell your kids, here’s the money instead so don’t lie Craig.

  3. I can’t even fathom how this bozo is in the NFL Football Hall Of Fame. Oh yeah. The American way. He bought his way in.

  4. I agree with Jerry Jones. Some of the 49ers biggest and best fans are in the Dallas Area. That’s why we outdraw the Cowboys when we play on the road there.

    Thats like a home away from home for the 49ers.

  5. This probably would have been a bad idea. I think about players like Michael Irvin. It’s bad enough he was a headache in Dallas. He would have been a bigger headache in the glitz and glam of LA. With the players that Jones recruited (ie, Pacman Jones) it would have been a terrible mistake to place those players in LA.

  6. The guy owns the “world’s most valuable team” in the “best city for for football” and has seemingly unlimited resources, yet he hires a middling coach and tries to play GM himself for 20 years leading to utterly mediocre results year after year after year.

    Certainly sound like a HOF owner to me.

  7. carloswlassiter says:

    The guy owns the “world’s most valuable team” in the “best city for for football” and has seemingly unlimited resources, yet he hires a middling coach and tries to play GM himself for 20 years leading to utterly mediocre results year after year after year.

    Certainly sound like a HOF owner to me.
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    You act like any owner can pick a HOF coach out of thin air. He already has more rings than most owners will ever have, and he hired the two coaches who got them.

  8. Michael E says:
    November 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    You act like any owner can pick a HOF coach out of thin air. He already has more rings than most owners will ever have, and he hired the two coaches who got them.
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    23 years ago. 23 years! Since then he’s attempted to prove it wasn’t Johnson, or Switzer, it was him. Here’s a tip: After 23 years, I think it’s safe to conclude it was them, not him.

  9. That southern drawl of Jones’ wouldn’t have played very well in L.A. anyway. It would be like taking Andy Griffith out of Mayberry and making him a detective in New York City.
    Come to think of it, they tried that with Clint Eastwood and Dennis Weaver and they didn’t fare very well in the big city, either.

  10. At 23 how did he avoid the draft ?
    Jerry would have been 18 ( draft age, even though there wasn’t a draft) in 1961. In 1961 the War had not escalated, there were only “American advisors”, not solders. There was nothing to avoid.

  11. The only time Us Eagles, Giants and Skins fans agree is this. We all want Jerry to keep owning the Boys. He can’t check his ego enough to let real football men ( Like Jimmy J) run his team. I’m not like most Eagle fans though. I actually respect his love and passion for his team and the game. But can’t deny the fact that our hate for the Boys makes Jerry “Trainwreck” Jones fun to watch ..

  12. dontbestupidyoumoron says:
    November 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm
    At 23 yrs of age in ‘66 how was Jones able to avoid service in Vietnam? Another fair weather super patriot.
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    He did what any wealthy person in that era did, he went to college instead.

    By the time he earned his masters degree, the draft was over.

  13. sdcharger123 says:
    That atmosphere at the Rams game Monday night was insane. The Chargers have no chance. The Rams are LA’s team. Chargers will forever be a footnote.
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    Show me where it says atmosphere is anything remotely the same as having a higher score than your opponent. I love the Rams. I’m stoked that we won Sunday. But the Chargers are playing great and also heading to the playoffs.

    Wouldn’t it be fun if two LA teams face each other in the Super Bowl!

  14. At 23, how did he not end up in Vietnam? Probably because he didn’t get drafted in 1961 because he was a full time student. Then, they weren’t drafting for Vietnam in 1961. By 1965, his mandatory 2 year service would have been over for 2 years. Not hard to figure out why Jones didn’t get forced into service. Oh, you were just trying to point out all the injustice in the world by those who have and those who do not. Damn capitalism, eh? If only we could be like Venezuela, right?

  15. The LA Chargers are trapped in LA with few fans. Trapped because of Spanos’s long term contracts to include the $650,000,000 “re-location’ fee he has to pay off NFL owners in the next 8 years. Nobody will purchase the LA Chargers while in LA to carry that burden and have to pay the owners another $650 million on top of a sales price. Spanos’s lawyer Mark Fabiani talked Spanos into re-locating, suggesting Spanos would get more money for the team there. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! NO FANS. THERE WON’T BE ANY. SPANOS/FABIANI BETRAYED THE CHARGER FAN BASE. TERRIBLE “RE-LOCATION.”

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