There hasn’t been a significant move by an NFL team since the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore for the 1996 season. There hasn’t been an expansion team since the houston Texans joined the league in 2002. Whether or not there’s an expansion team in the near future, or a team decides to pack its bags and move out of town, it’s looking more likely each day that the city of Los Angeles will be getting an NFL team at some point.
“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.”
Before LA can ever be an attractive destination for an NFL team, they have to figure out where that team will play, and a plan for a new stadium must come together before any of this can occur:
“How long does it take to build a stadium?” Jones said. “I know how long it took to build one. The other thing is that there’s certainly ways to do it without having a stadium ready. Those are some moving parts but you have to have the commitment (from the team), which for the people that make those kinds of commitments it starts that day for them in a serious way. I wouldn’t want to give you a timeframe on it but I do think that the commitment and the substance with that commitment is right around the corner.”