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NFL says L.A. void will be filled with relocation, not expansion

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Posted by Mike Florio on November 21, 2010, 9:23 AM EST

    Last Sunday, Peter King of NBC and SI.com made clear that the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles, and that once the labor situation is resolved efforts to make that happen will accelerate.

    ESPN delved deeply into the story during Sunday’s Outside the Lines.

    Commissioner Roger Goodell made clear the league’s belief that the NFL can’t return to L.A. without an acceptable stadium.

    NFL V.P. of ventures and business operations Eric Grubman made clear the league’s belief that the team to play in an acceptable stadium will be an existing franchise. “Los Angeles is among our top goals, and there has to be a franchise,” Grubman said. “We’re not in an expansion mood so that means you’d have to attract a franchise from another market.”

    Grubman and the league wouldn’t talk about teams that could relocate. ESPN identified the seven franchises most often linked to the vacancy in L.A.: the Jaguars, Bills, Vikings, Rams, 49ers, Raiders, and Chargers.

    “There’s a number of teams that are challenged right now,” said Ed Roski, who wants to build a stadium in the City of Industry, and who wants to own a chunk of the team that makes the move.

    Tim Leiweke of AEG, which is proposing a stadium in downtown L.A., said that his group is willing to defer to the NFL when it comes to picking the team that would move to L.A.

    In a discussion after the main segment aired, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times said that the league prefers the downtown option, which becomes even more viable now that the Coliseum is out of the question.

    Chris Mortensen of ESPN said that the Chargers and Rams are the most interesting options to move, that the Jaguars most likely won’t be moving to L.A., that the Vikings are more interested in staying in Minnesota with a new stadium, and that the Bills situation is “interesting” given the advanced age of owner Ralph Wilson and the lack of a clear plan for the franchise after the nonagenarian is called up to the great gridiron in the sky.

    Mort also suggested that, eventually, a second team could be added via expansion, even though the league isn’t currently in the mood to grow beyond 32 teams.

    Either way, once the league gets in the mood to do a new labor deal, the L.A. issue will move to the front burner. How long it stays there — and whether it ever reaches a full boil — remains to be seen.
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  2. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    I can't figure out why the league has such a hard on to have a team in LA. It's not like the NFL is struggling without a team there, and I don't know if anyone other than the NFL gives a sh*t about having a team in LA. There were teams there before and they bailed.
     
  3. gsxr

    gsxr BoltTalker

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    With the roadblocks that seem to keep popping up in SD (yet another lawsuit?!?) it doesn't supprise me that The Chargers are on the top of everybodys list to move. (Not mine)
     
  4. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    No way man. La hates the chargers. Mostly raider fans thar. I still say minnesota will send another purple team to la.
     
  5. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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    If I had to guess, the Chargers are moving. Raider fans or not, the Chargers are coming to LA in 1 of the 2 locations that WILL be approved to build on.
     
  6. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Not a chance man. Raiders need a new stadium too.
     
  7. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Consider what the Chargers marketing department pulled off without much fan notice.

    The Chargers managed to drop all references to San Diego in their marketing. The teams marketing had always promoted the team as the "San Diego Chargers".

    Now everything reads "Chargers"

    Why ?

    I suspect it would make it way easier to transition to another area with the name "Chargers" versus "San Diego Chargers"

    I call it a subtle owners play for an eventual move which was not noticed by many fans because they were too enamored with new uniforms etc etc.
     
  8. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

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    I would hate life if the Raiders actually moved back to LA or anywhere near OC.
     
  9. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

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    I have family living in the Denver area and I remember when the Broncos changed to there current cyber-horse logo away from the "D". They were convinced it was because the team wanted to distance themselves from the city of Denver for a potential move. Things are not always what they seem.
     
  10. SDBoltzFan

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    I hate LA. The Chargers organization can stick up their asses if they move...:mad:
     
  11. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    When you start adding it up and part of the team is for sale, the marketing move, the exit clause drops radically for next year to $25 mil., .......... I have a hard time seeing this as coincidence.
     
  12. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX 2017 Chargers Head Coach

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    Chargers aren't going anywhere. Book it.
     

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