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October 24, 2009

Six NFL Teams Targeted For Possible Move to LA : The effort to return an NFL team to LA appears to be well organized and seems to have some momentum.

posted by beaverboard to football at 05:52 PM - 20 comments

I'm getting so sick of Los Angeles getting shoved down the NFLs throat. Bring the Raiders back for a few years, then send them to Oakland, then send them to Los Angeles, then send them to Oakland.....

Realistically, Jacksonville has already given up on the Jaguars. Let LA take a shot with them before football leaves LA again down the road.

posted by dyams at 10:22 PM on October 24

I think they should move the Redskins there and give them a new name. Like the Aztecs.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:56 PM on October 24

The Jaguars were middle of the pack in attendance last year and sold 97 percent of their seating capacity, which has been the norm. This year's a bad one because 17,000 season ticket holders dropped their tickets, but Florida got hit harder by the recession than most states. If the economy picks up again, the Jags will too.

posted by rcade at 09:18 AM on October 25

Take the Lions, please. Have them play in the Collesium and change their colors to red and gold. If they ever win at home, "Lions feast on foes at the Collesium" etc. Just take them away so I can stop drinking the blue and silver kool-aid.

posted by apoch at 09:46 AM on October 25

My version of fulfillment:

Rams back to LA

Cardinals back to St. Louis

New Browns to Arizona (becoming the...uh, Tostitos?)

Ravens back to Cleveland as old Browns

Colts back to Baltimore

Hey, what about the Indy fans and their new stadium?

Tough luck. Ask Ball State and Notre Dame to play their home games on Sundays. That's what you get for loving a team that loaded up the moving vans in the middle of the night and sneaked out of Baltimore under cover of darkness.

posted by beaverboard at 10:34 AM on October 25

but Florida got hit harder by the recession than most states

There's no place in the country that is constantly dealing with economy issues than Buffalo and western New York (even before the recent collapse), yet their stadium (80,000 capacity) is practically always sold out and full, in all kinds of weather, even with a overall-poor team. But the Bills continue to be mentioned as either moving or being lured away by other cities (mainly Toronto). The Buffalo area is one that has supported this team year in, year out for decades. If the NFL allows the franchise to leave this area, then they can basically take their entire product and shove it straight up their asses.

posted by dyams at 11:14 AM on October 25

Rams back to LA Cleveland

Cardinals back to St. Louis Chicago

I mean, if we're going to return them to their rightful places and all.

posted by tommytrump at 11:34 AM on October 25

Take the Lions, please.

I'd never give up the Lions, not even if they were repeating last years embarrassment.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:49 PM on October 25

Take the Lions, please.

I'd never give up the Lions, not even if they were repeating last years embarrassment.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:49 PM on October 25

Minnesaota --Lakers Fort Wayne --Pistons St. Louis -- Cardinals

The list goes on and on. Very few teams are in the original city they started with. Some people just have trouble moving on. Especially old farts from Baltimore.

posted by Indysuburb at 05:29 PM on October 25

Stay classy, Indianapolis.

posted by rcade at 05:41 PM on October 25

Rams go back to L.A. and no one will care in Cali

posted by yankeet at 06:51 PM on October 25

It seems fairly apparent that LA couldn't care less about football. How does the 2nd (possibly third) largest metro area not have a long, storied past in the sport if they actively give a hoot in Hell? Movie stars can't be readily seen on TV from football stadium seats.

posted by bobfoot at 11:20 PM on October 25

It is not that LA does not care about football. USC and UCLA don't have any trouble filling stadiums.

The people of Los Angeles were too smart to allow their tax payer dollars to be used to build Georgia Fronandrearie, or Al Aholedavis a new stadium. The fans of LA will welcome a pro team that wants to play at the Collaseum or use investor or their own dollars to build their a stadium ala Jerry Jones. Why should tax payers subsidize the NFL or an NFL team. This was a matter of principle. A lot of other cities allowed an NFL franchise to hold them hostage to stadium demands but LA did not. The NFL will come crawling back here because the market potential is number one in the country.

posted by Atheist at 01:02 PM on October 26

Jerry Jones didn't build that stadium by himself. Arlington taxpayers provided over $933 million.

We'll see how much principle Los Angeles has the next time a pro team threatens to move away if it doesn't get a publicly financed facility.

posted by rcade at 01:35 PM on October 26

Jerry Jones didn't build that stadium by himself. Arlington taxpayers provided over $933 million.

Hmmm... This leads me to an interesting train of thought. If the government can dictate the amount of compensation given to the executives of firms that have received federal "bailout" money, should not the taxpayers of whatever political entity (state, county, city) who have given money to construct a stadium be entitled to dictate compensation or profit margin to the team's owners? In other words, the taxpayers in Dallas should be able to say to Jerry Jones, "It's our money. If you make over a certain amount, it comes back to us." I realize that team owners usually justify the help by pointing out the impact to the local economy, but there are too many cases where the only impact was on the owner's bank account.

posted by Howard_T at 03:15 PM on October 26

Taxpayers are able to dictate any terms they want for their money. But there's always a city out there like Arlington, where the terms are "when you say jump, I say how high?"

posted by rcade at 04:01 PM on October 26

Huh. And all this time I thought that USC was a pro team.

posted by THX-1138 at 04:51 PM on October 26

I really thought I had heard the Jerry Jones financed the entire stadium with his own money and private financing. My mistake.

I guess that makes Jerry Jones the smartest person in Texas. He gets almost a billion dollars from the tax payers to build a stadium he owns. That makes the people of Los Angeles look even smarter. Al Davis tried the same thing it just would not fly in LA.

posted by Atheist at 05:07 PM on October 26

That it "would not fly in LA" addreses my point. That, compared to other cities - LA doesn't give a hoot in Hell about NFL football.

posted by bobfoot at 02:02 AM on October 27

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