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Report: Jerry Jones prefers Inglewood bid to Carson in race to L.A.

Jerry Jones


The league has done a good job of keeping the lid on most of the Los Angeles talk after last week’s owners meeting in Chicago, but it seems one of them has a preference.

According to Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke during the meeting, and indicated a preference toward Rams owner Stan Kroneke’s proposed Inglewood stadium over the shared Chargers-Raiders plan in Carson.

The report also suggests the Carson bid is “on life support,” which could throw an entirely new wrinkle in this saga.

Much of the rest of Canepa’s column centers on whether that preference for Inglewood could mean the Chargers have a better chance of staying put in San Diego, which is an appropriate angle for a local newspaper.

But it also might be as simple as the issue of transfer fees, namely that Kroenke has more cash than Chargers owner Dean Spanos or Raiders owner Mark Davis, and might be willing to share more of it with the other 31 owners to get to Los Angeles.

While the owners doubtless have long-ranging concerns about the health and sustainability of a team in the league’s second-largest market, they also like cash most of all.

And clearly, Kroenke can provide more of that than the Raiders and Chargers can, which may be enough to buy him what he clearly wants the most.