Since 1995, the second largest city in the United States has been without a NFL team. A city that once held the Rams and the Raiders is still looking for a team to take the gridiron. That city is Los Angeles, California.
If you search for “Los Angeles NFL” in Google, the first thing that pops up is this site. It talks about plans to build a stadium when the NFL okays a franchise to be placed there. Claiming it will be designed by the same people who built the Staples Center (where the Lakers and Clippers play basketball) and be LEED certified. A nice touch for fans would be the 600 acres for tailgating all day. There will be 75,000 seats (12,500 club seats and 176 suites) with 25,000 parking spaces.
While there isn’t any official word about LA getting a football franchise, it has been heavily rumored. When the word is placed into the league, the stadium will begin construction.
Recently, there was a group from Los Angeles talking with the Minnesota Vikings about the chance to move the franchise that is currently celebrating 50 years. You can read that story here.
This is a story I really wanted to have done and publish a long time ago, but the last article made me revisit this topic. I just think it’s strange where the second biggest market doesn’t have a team but a city without any other professional teams can support a NFL team. The closest teams to Los Angeles are the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, and the San Francisco 49ers. While all teams are fairly close to the City of Angels, there might be a few folks that wish to have no ties to other California cities.
Since the two teams moved, there have been many attempts on luring a franchise back to the city. Some teams included the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Saint Louis Rams, and many others. There have been a few articles published on ESPN about how the Jaguars struggle to meet the 72-hour deadline, where if you don’t sell the game out you can’t broadcast locally.
While it would complete the circle of pro sports in Los Angeles, would it draw fans? Like previously mentioned, there are already three teams near Los Angeles. Granted, we’re talking about the second biggest media market in the United States. Remember that 72-hour rule though. When both teams played in the Los Angeles Coliseum, both teams struggled to sell their games out due to having around a 93,000 person capacity.
There have been talks about renovating the Coliseum to include luxury boxes and other modern requirements of stadiums, but many say it’s not good enough to host a professional team. Also, the University of Southern California has stated they don’t want a NFL franchise moving in as well.
It will be interesting to see in the next few years if Los Angeles does get a football team again. The question is, IF we do see a L.A. team, who will we not see? Also, since we still have the Raiders and Rams playing football, what will be their nickname? What will be the color scheme? Who will play?
Until next time,