Jerry Jones played a big part in getting the Rams to Los Angeles. Thus, when one of the most influential owners talks about potential NFL cities, everyone listens.
The Dallas Cowboys owner spoke highly of Las Vegas on Wednesday when asked whether he would support Sin City as home to an NFL team.
“I won’t talk about a specific team,” Jones said during the team’s annual golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club. “I will say that I think Las Vegas is one of the real crown jewels of communities in the United States. I think it’s very unique. It has a flair for entertainment.
“It has 2 million people, and they’re avid sports fans. They have a huge visiting contingency that more often than not are fans of some NFL pro football team. You add all that together, and it certainly is in a conversation about the future relative to the NFL.”
But, Jones, said, “you have to have the right situation. You have to have the right ownership. You have to have the ‘want to.’ Then, there are a lot of other considerations that have to come into play.”
He said the “gambling aspect to it is far overshadowed by the entertainment, if you will, the family appeal that you have, the convention appeal. So it does not have disfavor with me, in my opinion, relative to being an NFL city.”
Raiders owner Mark Davis has met with Nevada officials about moving his team if Oakland won’t agree to spend taxpayer dollars on a new stadium. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman expressed confidence this week about luring the Raiders with a new domed stadium that would include $750 million from Nevada taxpayers.
The Raiders would need 24 of 32 owners to approve a move.