The Los Angeles Rams’ first game in more than 20 years is set, and the whole country can watch. The team said today that it will host the Dallas Cowboys at the Coliseum in their 2016 preseason opener, which ESPN will carry live on Saturday, August 13.
The matchup makes sense on a number of levels: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was a key player in getting the Rams to move back to Southern California from St. Louis; his team practices just up the 101 Freeway in Oxnard; the teams were bitter rivals in the 1970s, when the Cowboys beat the Rams twice in the NFC Championship Game before the Rams upset them to go to Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena; and the Cowboys have a huge national fan base that will draw more eyeballs for ESPN, even in preseason.
The Rams also said today that they will play the Kansas City Chiefs in Game 2 of the second preseason at the venerable Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which the Rams called home from 1946-79. The team left L.A. after the 1994 season, and the NFL approved its re-relocation to SoCal in January.