Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has been a leading supporter of the St. Louis Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles, called the approval of the move “the greatest plan ever conceived in sports,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
On Tuesday, NFL owners voted 30–2 in favor of allowing the Rams to move to Los Angeles and giving the San Diego Chargers the option of joining them in a shared stadium in Inglewood, Calif., located about an hour outside of L.A.
“For the NFL, the neatest, best thing that we could have done was to have [owner] Stan Kroenke lead the Rams back to the Los Angeles Rams, and all that great tradition, with absolutely the greatest plan that has ever been conceived in sports,” Jones said after Tuesday’s meeting.
“It’s such a natural to have the Los Angeles Rams be in Los Angeles.”
When it became apparent the proposal submitted by the Chargers and the Raiders for a joint stadium in Carson, Calif., was unlikely to be approved by the owners, Jones submitted the resolution pairing the Rams and the Chargers together in a shared stadium. The Chargers reportedly have until the league meetings between March 20 and 23 to decide whether they will participate in the plan.
Jones, who partners with Kroenke on some non-football related business ventures, called the Rams owner “God-sent” and “a tremendous asset for the NFL.”
He also applauded NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s role in the process, calling him “brilliant in how he led the ownership to this decision.”
- Erin Flynn