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Rams played Jerry Jones card in move from St. Louis to Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Rams are practicing at the Crawford Athletic Complex at the University of California, Irvine.
The Los Angeles Rams are practicing at the Crawford Athletic Complex at the University of California, Irvine. AP

The Rams.

Los Angeles Rams.

St. Louis Rams.

Los Angeles Rams. Again.

After a 21-year hiatus, the Rams are back in Los Angeles. The Rams played in the Los Angeles area from 1946-94 before moving to St. Louis. The Raiders also left Los Angeles after the 1994 season.

Earlier this year, NFL owners voted 30-2 to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles this season and gave the San Diego Chargers a one-year option to join the Rams in Inglewood.

The Rams are building a new stadium in Inglewood. It will not open until 2019. Meanwhile, the Rams will play at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

A key figure in the negotiations to move the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles was Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Jones, who spearheaded a compromise that led to the 30-2 vote, has a good relationship with Rams owner Stan Kroenke. Kroenke spent 16 seasons as co-owner of the Rams then became principal owner in 2010. He became sole owner in 2014.

“Stan is a guy who sees the big picture and he’ll act on it,” Jones said.

Jones says the Rams’ move back to Los Angeles was good for the league.

“It’s going to be very special. I’m excited about where we are as a league, as an entity,” Jones said.

The Cowboys open preseason play Saturday at the Rams. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on ESPN.

It’s fitting that the teams would meet in the opening weekend of the preseason. The Cowboys are training in Oxnard, Calif. The Rams are training at the University of California Irvine.

“Tex Schramm, when he started bringing this team to Thousands Oaks 37 years ago, made this a legacy area for the Dallas Cowboys. Consequently, I really felt a proprietary feeling when we were talking about Los Angeles and what we were going to do as a league,” Jones said. “It very much enhances the enthusiasm, the awareness and the positive things of the Cowboys training here in Southern California.”

A year ago, the Cowboys and Rams had joint practices, but that didn’t last long. There were so many fights that the practices became counterproductive. The practices were canceled on the second day.

Nevertheless, it’s a different year and a different location for the Rams.

One thing will remain the same. The uniforms.

The Rams do not plan to change their uniforms until 2019.

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