Cowboys Owner Says L.A. ‘Closer than Ever’ to Getting NFL Team

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OXNARD, Calif. (KTLA) – At least one person believes Los Angeles is on the path to getting an NFL team.

Without giving specifics, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Saturday professional football may soon be returning to L.A.


Jerry Jones (Courtesy Dallas Cowboys)

“Closer than ever, ever being since they left, which has been a long time ago,” Jones said while fielding questions from reporters in Oxnard, according to ESPN.

“I say that not just wishing,” Jones added. “I say that technically because I am aware of some things that make sense,” he said, without elaborating.

Jones, 70, was in Southern California as his team prepared to kick off its training camp Sunday in Oxnard.

When asked how far away the L.A. area was from landing a football team of its own, he said, “We’ve got some very talented, very qualified people who want to be a part of it that are not a part of the league right now.”

Los Angeles hasn’t had an NFL team since 1994, but there has been speculation of a team re-locating to the area in the near future, especially with the proposed construction of the $1.2 billion Farmers Field in downtown L.A.

There were also recent reports that a new team could play in either the L.A. Coliseum or the Rose Bowl.

Jones even admitted he is one of the people eager for the NFL’s return to the City of Angels.

“I was born here. I’ve got a lot of cousins here. And they are doing some heavy lifting keeping these Cowboys’ heads up out here, with Los Angeles,” he said.

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