For the last few months, it has been widely reported that the NFL wanted to move two franchises to Los Angeles. At first, that appeared to be a positive for the joint Chargers/Raiders effort, though there were also rumblings that the Bolts and Rams could hook up on a stadium project.
Now, the NFL may ultimately move only one team to Los Angeles, a league source with knowledge of the situation tells Mike Florio of PFT. That would not be a short-term plan, either – it would be an indefinite move that could result in a second team never going to L.A. If only one team goes, that team likely would be the Rams, since owner Stan Kroenke already has plans in place to fund privately a one-team stadium. Florio writes that the league is concerned that they might not be able to connect with Angelenos if they come in cold with two teams after a 20+ year absence from the market. Instead, they may choose to ensure that they get things right with just one club.
Here’s more on Los Angeles and even news on a possible London team..
- Things could be getting more serious as the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities, comprising six owners, along with Commissioner Roger Goodell, will be taking a more prominent role in the L.A. proceedings, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times writes. While that might not seem like a big change, it is noteworthy since things have been fairly stagnant since the spring.
- When asked on Twitter when there will be an NFL franchise in London, mayor Boris Johnson responded, “we are working hard on deal – high hopes for Tottenham in the next few years…watch this space.”
- The L.A. committee was supposed to discuss a potential relocation fee in detail last week, Jason Cole of Nerdy Football tweets, but that apparently didn’t happen. The committee is now expected to set the fee and structure of the payment at an October meeting in New York.