Jerry Jones claims he turned down offer to start franchise in Los Angeles
“Several years back, I was approached by several owners that asked if I would consider selling the team, and the team being a more elite team and I take Los Angeles and build Los Angeles,” Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “That was not interesting for me, first of all, from a standpoint of where you are. I could go out and spend my lifetime building a new franchise in a market like Los Angeles and still be 50, 60 years behind the Dallas Cowboys who are out in front. So that didn’t make any sense. But I was born in Los Angeles. That is an attractive part of the world out there. But there is no place, no place is like our area for football and sport.
“We are in the best place in the world for American football. It’s right here in Dallas, Texas. That’s shown by the interest there is in the high school football, which is something completely different relative to the social and the cultural aspect of it, but then our support of the college game and then of course of the Dallas Cowboys. There’s no place like this. This is the best place in the world for football.”
Jerry Jones acquired the Cowboys in 1989 from H.R. Bright for $140 million, and since then they’ve become the most valuable franchise in sports, valued at $5 billion by Forbes.
Not only that, but the Cowboys transformed from a terrible last-place team to a mighty dynasty under Jones. They won three championships during their dominant run in the 1990s.
Things could have turned differently if he was successful in buying the AFL’s San Diego Chargers in 1966 when he was still a 23-year-old. But Jerry Jones clearly doesn’t see any other venues suited for an NFL team he owns other than Big D, and having a franchise in Los Angeles is out of the equation, even though he was born in that city.