Here we go again with talk of the Rams possibly moving to Los Angeles. This time the source is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
In an interview Wednesday night with the NFL Network, Jones talked about the need for the NFL to get a team in the nation’s second largest market. “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.
Jones says the NFL shouldn’t stop at just one team for Los Angeles, but two. He said “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.” Those two teams appear to be the Rams and the San Diego Chargers. Both teams use to call Los Angeles home, and both have leases that would allow them to move. The Rams’ lease will allow them to leave St. Louis after the 2014 season, and the Chargers can leave San Diego at any time according to their lease with Qualcomm Stadium.
At the moment, Los Angeles doesn’t have a new stadium for an NFL team but it does have venues that could handle two teams until a new facility is built. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the L.A. Coliseum are both very old and not what the NFL wants for its team, but would probably be sufficient for a couple of years until a new stadium is built. That’s assuming the politicos in L.A. can ever get together and get a new stadium built.
It’s hard to know Jerry Jones’ motivation for making these new statements. Perhaps he’s trying to help his brethren in the ownership ranks in St. Louis and San Diego get new stadiums built. Maybe he’s doing the dirty work for commissioner Roger Goodell and setting the stage for the two franchises moving. Maybe, on the eve of training camps opening, he’s sounding a warning to scare the fan bases of the Rams and Chargers into supporting their teams’ efforts to improve their stadium situations. Or he may just be stirring things up to keep his name in news. Who knows? But this much is clear: St. Louis is going to have to come up with some kind of viable stadium plan or the Rams will likely move in the near future. They’re not going to accept playing in the Edward Jones dome much longer.