Jerry Jones: NFL return to L.A. "closer than ever"

Sunday July 21st, 2013

Jones Jerry Jones says the NFL's return to L.A. is not too far off. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't think Los Angeles will be without an NFL team for much longer.

Speaking before his Cowboys opened training camp in Oxnard, Calif., a coastal city 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Jones said he is "aware of some things that make sense" in getting an NFL team back in the city. From ESPN's report:

"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."

The Los Angeles Raiders and Los Angeles Rams played their last game on Christmas Eve 1994. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the NFL will not be expanding from 32 teams, so if Los Angeles were to get a team, it would have to be through relocation. The Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers are the most likely teams to relocate, reports ESPN.

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