Goodell lays down rules for team relocation to LA: Teams listed as in the relocation mix now are the Jaguars, Chargers, Raiders/Bills (depending on the LA Times or ESPN) and St. Louis Rams.
posted by roberts to football at 07:03 AM - 6 comments
The Jaguars seem like an unlikely option at this point. They have a tough 30-year lease that would require the team to pay $100 million or more if it left -- 40 percent less if they were willing to open the books and prove three straight years of losses -- and new owner Shahid Khan has expressed his commitment to staying.
He isn't promising to stay forever, but my guess is that he's going to put at least five years into making it work here.
The two-team plan is a nice way for the NFL to get one team in L.A. while still having something to hold over cities like Jacksonville when the league wants more incentives to stick around.
posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on June 30
You have two franchises (San Diego, Buffalo) who have been in their cities their entire 50-plus-year existence and Oakland could consider screwing its fans again. Tell me again why some people get ticked off about professional sports?
posted by jjzucal at 04:57 PM on June 30
You have two franchises (San Diego, Buffalo) who have been in their cities their entire 50-plus-year existence and Oakland could consider screwing its fans again.
The Chargers were located in Los Angeles for their 1st season (1960), but you have a good point.
posted by tommytrump at 05:04 PM on June 30
jjzucal, I'm not defending any NFL owner ever, but it seems to me that by your logic, teams that have never moved would be bad if they did, and teams that have ever moved would be bad if they did it again. Is there any other circumstance?
posted by Etrigan at 09:32 PM on June 30
Extra rule for Rams and Bills: if they relocate, they have to be coached by Chuck Knox.
posted by beaverboard at 06:06 PM on July 01
God forbid that the league or the individual owners should be forced to consider the fans who actually put the money in their coffers--especially when there is an additional dollar to be made elsewhere. The hell with those fans in Jacksonville, San Diego, St Louis or wherever else: there is more money to be made in LA. Why settle for, for example, $250 mil when we can get $300 mil elsewhere. After all, in the end it is the bottom line that counts most. Some people can never make enough money.
posted by billinnagoya at 07:16 AM on July 02
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