With the Vikings staying put in Minnesota, the two teams that used to play in Los Angeles have become the subject of increasing speculation that they could be moving back there.
The Rams definitely should be regarded as a potential candidate, given that they currently are on track to walk away from their St. Louis lease after the 2014 season. As Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News explains it, the Raiders should be on the short list, too. But there’s a catch.
The prevailing opinion among the league’s power brokers is that the owners most likely would not authorize a move by the Raiders unless owner Mark Davis sells controlling interest in the team.
Ultimately, 24 of the league’s 32 owners must approve any relocation.
It’s unclear why there’s a preference that Davis not own the team if/when it goes to L.A. But there is. And it could make it difficult, if not impossible, for Davis to pull off the move.
Thus, if Davis remains unwilling to sell, the Raiders most likely will remain in Oakland, indefinitely.