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Goodell sends out memo to teams on LA stadium relocation

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    Report: Roger Goodell sends out Los Angeles memo
    Posted by Darin Gantt on June 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Robert Kraft’s talking up London, but Roger Goodell’s sending out word he thinks Los Angeles might be closer to hosting an NFL team.

    Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times obtained a memo sent to all 32 teams outlining requirements for a move.

    “Although substantial uncertainties remain,” Goodell wrote in the two-page memo, “stadium development in Los Angeles has advanced to the point where the prospects for a new facility are better than they have been in many years.”

    The memo serves as a set of ground rules for teams considering such a move (and the plugged-in Farmer mentioned the Chargers, Raiders and Rams specifically), with the league pointing out that it controlled the process, not individual teams.

    The memo also mentions the 2013 season, a clear indication that they’re thinking sooner rather than later. If a team wanted to apply to relocate, they’d have to file paperwork between Jan. 1, 2013 and Feb. 15, 2013, although the memo said no vote was likely to be taken before March 2013.

    “The overall goal, as we have frequently said, is to ensure that any league re-entry to the Los Angeles market is as successful as possible, both for the club or clubs that will play there and for the league as a whole,” the memo read.

    At a time when the Rams are doing everything evident to get out of a lease (or cut a sweetheart deal with St. Louis), it’s a clear sign that the league doesn’t mind reminding everyone who’s in charge.
     
  2. boltfanatik

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    So what happened to the other LA venue (Industry) that has all permits & eir's and is more shovel ready than Farmers Field? AEG has a better deal with the commish?
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    Prettier stadium design and better location. ;)
     
  4. BoltsFanUK

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    London will be better than LA, us british stick with our sports teams whether they win or lose unlike the Fakers and Phonies in SmelLA
     
  5. DenverBolt67

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    No one wants to move there, and it was nothing more than leverage to speed up the downtown site
     
  6. DenverBolt67

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    Yeah, because a 10hr flight to play in London is so much better than a 3 hour flight to LA
     
  7. Ikeman83

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    The tax situation is also a big deal. Playing in London basically amounts to a 15-20% paycut for anyone on that team. I'm sure that'll help their FA numbers...
     
  8. FCBolt

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    That might be a Colorado-centric view.
    From NY it's 7 hrs to London and 6 hrs to LA.
     
  9. FCBolt

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    That's okay, cause Londoners will apparently support bad teams too ;)
    Also, if it IS possible to build entirely through the draft (just not for AJ).
     
  10. DenverBolt67

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    But the NFL would need to consider both west coast and east coast teams and their travel. For most teams in the league, it is much closer to fly to either coast, than it would be to London, especially teams that would be in their division and would have to fly 7-8+ hours every single year
     
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    I think you'd have to have a full division in Europe for it to work, rather than just a single team.
     
  12. DenverBolt67

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    Agree, but I don't see them bringing on 4 more teams. It would make for un-even divisions and an odd number of teams per conference. It would just create so many issues that I don't think they would be able to over come.
     
  13. Ikeman83

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    I think you'd have to add 8 teams to the league total for it to work, and 4 of those teams would have to be in Europe, with the other 4 on the east coast, or rather, you could add the teams anywhere, but you'd have to realign the divisions while adding a total of 8 teams.
     
  14. FCBolt

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    You could make it work with one team in London, time wise. It's not often that teams from out of the eastern time zone would need to play that team anyway, provided they were in AFC/NFC east. Any other division and you'd run into issues.
     
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    And i really hope that doesn't happy. The NFL is great, but if they add 8 more teams, it will be way too watered down. 40 teams is just way too many
     
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    Especially with an ever-increasing number of kids sitting in front of video games instead of going outside to play.
     
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    Not sure it would be expansion, but it would certainly involve re-alignment if it was a London move, but not necessarily a LA move. Despite that, the decision will be about $$$ in the end (statement of obvious).
     
  18. boltfanatik

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    Traffic wise Industry makes much more sense , I used to work both areas Industry is a cakewalk compared to downtown plus would draw more fans from OC & the IE IMO a much shorter drive with less congestion. For the record Industry is only 20 min. from my house but I'd still prefer to drive the 105 miles to see the Chargers play in San Diego!
     
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    Al Davis proved to the NFL that the NFL doesnt own anything. If a team wants to move, they will move.
     

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