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Jerry Jones: NFL closer than ever to LA return

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09:43 AM ET 07.21 | Los Angeles is nearing 20 years without an NFL team, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't think the second biggest market in the country will be without an NFL team for long. "Closer than ever -- ever being since they left, which has been a long time much to my surprise and anticipation," said Jones on Saturday, when asked if the NFL was close to returning to Los Angeles. "There are some viable ways for a team or teams to be in Los Angeles. We've got some very talented and very qualified people that want to be a part of it that are not a part of the league right now. We, obviously, have people within the league that want this very much."

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July 21, 2013  09:46 AM ET

LA Is A Laker Town, Bro.

July 21, 2013  09:47 AM ET

THE LOS ANGELES COWBOYS WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!

July 21, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Idiots will show up and claim Los Angeles can't support a team.

It never fails to happen.

July 21, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Goodell is just waiting for the right team to move to LA. He prays for a stadium deal/non deal to go so bad he can justify it to the media. You know " We really tried to work with the city of ( name one)"... Not London. Jeesh! But he cannot tell the fans there in St. Louis or Oakland or SanDiego that now. Bad PR .

It is about the media market and that is how the TV revenue is figured in. Team in LA and the next deal goes way up....

July 21, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Idiots will show up and claim Los Angeles can't support a team.It never fails to happen.

Those new, smaller stadiums, with those suites will do them just fine. local and national TV deals? cha cha cha chingggg! Not about home attendance at all.

Some one will show up with the cash and the stadium will be done....still in the milk the state /city mode. Toi fund it all privately would set a precedent the NFL does NOT want started.

That is the only hold up....

July 21, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Those new, smaller stadiums, with those suites will do them just fine. local and national TV deals? cha cha cha chingggg! Not about home attendance at all.Some one will show up with the cash and the stadium will be done....still in the milk the state /city mode. Toi fund it all privately would set a precedent the NFL does NOT want started.That is the only hold up....

And that is what I think.

July 21, 2013  10:34 AM ET

I think I'd stop payment on that last facelift check JJ.

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July 21, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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Look at the current NFL, and only a few teams have the issues to substantiate moving a franchise.Jacksonville and perhaps Buffalo seem to be the best bets to move, along with Oakland.Given the Raiders' already have a history in LA, that sounds logical.

Raiders most logical choice.

Been there, done that, won a SuperBowl.

July 21, 2013  10:43 AM ET

I wonder how bad Jones would have looked if he didn't have all those facelifts.

July 21, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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I wonder how bad Jones would have looked if he didn't have all those facelifts.

Bloodhound!

July 21, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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And that is what I think.

At the moment I don't think CA has any money to be milked.

July 21, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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Look at the current NFL, and only a few teams have the issues to substantiate moving a franchise.Jacksonville and perhaps Buffalo seem to be the best bets to move, along with Oakland.Given the Raiders' already have a history in LA, that sounds logical.

As soon as Ralph Wilson dies, the Bills are heading somewhere. Nobody wants to deal with that senile old relic. Some group of buyers will wait until he's out of the picture and then pick up the Bills and move.

July 21, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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Idiots will show up and claim Los Angeles can't support a team.It never fails to happen.

They've had 20 years to prove otherwise.

Reality is, the fan base wasn't able to keep the team or replace it.

July 21, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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I wonder how bad Jones would have looked if he didn't have all those facelifts.

A lot like Al Davis looks at this very moment.

July 21, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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They've had 20 years to prove otherwise.Reality is, the fan base wasn't able to keep the team or replace it.

There were a lot of factors in that whole mess. In 1980 Frontiere takes over for Rosenbloom who dies. she moves out of LA and the coliseum because games were getting blacked out because it was a 100,000 seat stadium. NO team could fill that every week.

so she moves them to Anaheim, 70,000 seats and does just fine attendance wise. by 1994 the fan base shrinks , partly because of bad football and partly because it is not an LA team at all and a failed deal with Anaheim officials over a new stadium.

So, she moves them to St. Louis. Sweet stadium deal but has to share some of it with the other owners to gt permission to move.

Too many nuances to categorize. At one time LA Rams were a hot ticket. I dunno? But do not rule a team going there out. Not at all. with revenue sharing attendance really is not that big of a deal anymore. Local media would offset any deficiencies in that area. that is where the big money is hiding and waiting.

July 21, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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At the moment I don't think CA has any money to be milked.

I read recently that they have a budget surplus of a little over a billion dollars. They might want to save some of that money for a rainy day. There are better uses for it.

July 21, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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I wonder how bad Jones would have looked if he didn't have all those facelifts.

Don't know, but looking at him is like watching Expendibles 2. The eye jobs on everybody from Stallone to Norris made me think I was watching some horror flick about the cloning of Bruce "Khardashian" Jenner.

July 21, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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There were a lot of factors in that whole mess. In 1980 Frontiere takes over for Rosenbloom who dies. she moves out of LA and the coliseum because games were getting blacked out because it was a 100,000 seat stadium. NO team could fill that every week. so she moves them to Anaheim, 70,000 seats and does just fine attendance wise. by 1994 the fan base shrinks , partly because of bad football and partly because it is not an LA team at all and a failed deal with Anaheim officials over a new stadium.So, she moves them to St. Louis. Sweet stadium deal but has to share some of it with the other owners to gt permission to move.Too many nuances to categorize. At one time LA Rams were a hot ticket. I dunno? But do not rule a team going there out. Not at all. with revenue sharing attendance really is not that big of a deal anymore. Local media would offset any deficiencies in that area. that is where the big money is hiding and waiting.

I don't think all of the L.A. football naysayers have ever had the distinct pleasure of attending a game at the L.A. Coliseum. Let's start with the fact that there's no parking. In a spread-out, driving city like Los Angeles, that's a problem. Then, add to that the fact that its in the middle of a ganged-up scary neighborhood, so you can't really park in the nearby neighborhood, either. There's no viable public transportation options. If you want to go to a USC game there today, you have to park several miles away at Staples and then take buses over to the stadium.

Getting there takes forever and the line to leave is even worse. The last USC game I attended, we left in the middle of the fourth quarter because it was a blowout and we wanted to avoid the crowds waiting for the bus at the end of the game. It still took over two hours to get home.

Once you're in the Coliseum, the place is a dump. The seats are uncomfortable, the concessions are far away and the place is just generally run down. If you've ever been there, you'd know why teams couldn't succeed there. That doesn't mean that teams can't succeed in L.A.

Build a stadium with access to public transportation and parking nearby that has modern conveniences and the luxury boxes that corporate-types want. People will fill it.

 
July 21, 2013  12:20 PM ET
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I don't think all of the L.A. football naysayers have ever had the distinct pleasure of attending a game at the L.A. Coliseum. Let's start with the fact that there's no parking. In a spread-out, driving city like Los Angeles, that's a problem. Then, add to that the fact that its in the middle of a ganged-up scary neighborhood, so you can't really park in the nearby neighborhood, either. There's no viable public transportation options. If you want to go to a USC game there today, you have to park several miles away at Staples and then take buses over to the stadium.Getting there takes forever and the line to leave is even worse. The last USC game I attended, we left in the middle of the fourth quarter because it was a blowout and we wanted to avoid the crowds waiting for the bus at the end of the game. It still took over two hours to get home.Once you're in the Coliseum, the place is a dump. The seats are uncomfortable, the concessions are far away and the place is just generally run down. If you've ever been there, you'd know why teams couldn't succeed there. That doesn't mean that teams can't succeed in L.A.Build a stadium with access to public transportation and parking nearby that has modern conveniences and the luxury boxes that corporate-types want. People will fill it.

It's a freaking relic.

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