NFL To Return To Los Angeles

June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; A general view as the San Diego Chargers warm up during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

I’ve avoided this story for as long as I thought I could get away with it. Franchise relocation just isn’t a topic that sits well with Seattle sports fans. But this is going to happen, so I figure I can’t ignore this topic any longer.

AEG is in the process of getting a stadium built. They’re in the environmental impact statement stage, and if they pass that, the should break ground this fall. And if that proposed site falls apart, there are at least 3 other sites that are hoping to land the NFL stadium. LA is going to get a stadium built, and when it does it’s going to get a team.

The Raiders, the Rams, Jaguars and Chargers are the other teams most commonly connected with a move to LA. The league is not considering expansion, so once the stadium is built, some city is going to lose it’s team.

Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams outlying the process required to move. It’s mostly a list of hops to jump through, but there is one thats the most important: “Evaluate all stadium opportunities in its existing market, and consult with league staff on those.” This includes sharing a stadium with another team, and appears to indicate that the Raiders will have to share the 49ers new stadium, and wont be allowed to move back to LA.

Jacksonville owner Shad Khan has said he’s not moving, and seems sincere in his motivation to keep the team there. I’d be surprised if the Jags left Florida in the next 5 years.

That really leaves the Rams and Chargers as potential suitors. I know the Rams want a new venue, and are having a tough time getting one built. The Rams were also in LA before moving to St. Louis, so there’s some history there.

If there was place to bet on such things, my money would be on San Diego moving. I lived there for a few months a couple years ago, and at the time the fight over the stadium had reached a point where all sides had given up trying.

Plus, the team would be staying in Southern California. Fans in San Diego would only have to make the 90 minute drive up I-5. It really isn’t any different that the fans of both NY teams having to drive out to Giant’s Stadium in New Jersey, or Boston area fans driving up to Foxboro. (The drive from SD to LA is a little longer, but you get the point.)

Sure, the move would alienate some of the San Diego fans, but not nearly as much as it would if the Rams or another team moved halfway across the country. Placing the Chargers in LA just makes sense on so many levels, I cant see it not happening.

Topics: Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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  • DillonSD

    It makes sense to everybody who’s not a Charger fan.

  • jimvsmij

    LA people are loyal-to-the-end Raiders fans/Charger haters.  To LA the Chargers are the hated Raiders rivals and they enjoy nothing more than seeing the Chargers fail.  My Brother-in-Law makes it a point to come down to San Diego to hold taunting signs on highway overpasses every time Chargers lose a game!!  How many teams fans can claim to have so much hate of rival team??  Why would the Chargers want to move into such a hate-filled hostile environment?  San Diego is a much better city live and play and they are highly adored by the fans.    

  • jimvsmij

    LA people are loyal-to-the-end Raiders fans/Charger haters.  To LA the Chargers are the hated Raiders rivals and they enjoy nothing more than seeing the Chargers fail.  My Brother-in-Law makes it a point to come down to San Diego to hold taunting signs on highway overpasses every time Chargers lose a game!!  How many cities can claim to have so much dedication to hate of rival team??  Why would the Chargers want to move into such a hate-filled hostile environment?  San Diego is a much better city live and play and they are highly adored by the fans.  

  • Hawkman

    What makes sense ( to me< and If I was lord over all things NFL) is for the Rams to move back . They were the first team I followed as a child in the early sixties cause I loved their helmet ( Hey I was very Young) . They were there a long time with a rich history in LA. and I am sure there are still LA rams fans alive and kicking!

  • Keith_12thMR

     @DillonSD Perhaps. I’m not a Chargers fan, so maybe that’s why it makes sense to me. I just don’t see how things will get resolved on the stadium impasse in order for the Chargers to stay. 

  • Keith_12thMR

     @jimvsmij There are Raider fans in LA because of the time the Raiders spent there, but to say LA is a “Raiders town” seem presumptuous. If LA were to get their own team with a new stadium and no worries about the team leaving; I think LA would adopt that team, regardless of any past rivalries. 
     
    That’s my opinion at least.

  • Keith_12thMR

     @Hawkman I certainly can’t argue with that. It would also make more sense for them to be in the NFC West if they were in LA, that’s for sure. 

  • HanleyBonynge

    As someone who lives in LA, I can say that AEG has been at this for a while now, but as far as getting the stadium built, it’s far from a sure thing.  Seattle thinks they would have issues with traffic from a new downtown basketball arena?  The 110-10 interchange would disintegrate in downtown LA.  Needless to say, there are plenty of people that would love an NFL team in LA, but stadium location and logistics are huge.  Also, I have to say that the NFL would figure out some David Stern-like shady-as-hell deal of moving another team before I see them moving the Chargers to LA. The phrase “too close to home” comes to mind.  There is always the possibility of me having to eat my words, though.

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