NFL returns to LA: Chargers, Raiders, or Rams could be on the move
Los Angeles has been without a professional football team since 1994, but league owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell have been discussing relocating a franchise to the second biggest TV market in the country.
The Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and St. Louis Rams are the three teams that are most likely to change cities, according to the New York Times. Two separate proposals have been submitted to build stadiums in the greater L.A. area. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased enough land and received city council approval to build a stadium in Inglewood, CA that could seat 80,000 fans. Carson, California has approved a $1.65 billion stadium proposal, which is meant to entice either the Raiders or Chargers to relocate.
The NFL hopes that establishing a franchise in L.A. will increase its revenues and commercial appeal. The greater Los Angeles area is home to approximately 18.5 million people, significantly bigger than the populations of Oakland, San Diego, or St. Louis.
— Fearsome Football (@LosAngelesRams) September 28, 2015
In order to find success in L.A., the NFL must learn from its mistakes. The Raiders and the Rams were both located in the city of angels until 1994 when they both abandoned the city for greener pastures. An inability to secure funding for new stadiums and a lack of fan interest led to both franchises deciding to leave.
At a meeting of owners and league executives in August, Commissioner Goodell said,
“What we focused on was the status update and making sure we understand the process and what it takes to be successful in Los Angles if we decide to do that. If a team or teams qualify to relocate, making sure we are successful in Los Angeles. That is our number one objective. I don’t think anyone is focused on a time frame or anything other than being successful.”
Which team or teams will end up in L.A.? Which fan base would be most devastated by losing its franchise? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4