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L.A. is prepared to take a team in 2013

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Though there’s no reason at this point to believe that an NFL team will be moving to Los Angeles for 2013, the powers-that-be at AEG are ready to accommodate one, if it comes to that.

Asked by our pal Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times whether he expects a team to apply for relocation in 2013, AEG president Tim Leiweke said this:  “In order for us to play in this game, we have to be prepared to be able to accept a team next year.”

Leiweke sidestepped the question, which called for a “yes” or a “no” answer.  The specific content of his response could prompt speculation that the answer, if given, would have been “yes”.

And if a team moves to L.A. next year, it would play in the Coliseum or the Rose Bowl until Farmers Field is built.

If a team makes the move in 2013, the Chargers become the top candidate.  Asked when he last talked to the Chargers, Leiweke said, “I haven’t talked to [owner] Dean Spanos in a long time.”

That’s another subtly (and brilliantly) evasive response.  The Chargers have plenty of other employees to whom Leiweke could be talking.  And Leiweke didn’t say whether he has been talking to any of them.

If any team is coming in 2013, it’s the Chargers.  And, surely, someone within AEG has been talking to them.

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26 Responses to “L.A. is prepared to take a team in 2013”
  1. seanx40 says: Sep 30, 2012 3:23 PM

    On behalf of all of Southeastern Michigan, you are welcome to the Lions.

  2. csilojohnson says: Sep 30, 2012 3:41 PM

    Sounds like a lot of speculation.

  3. pariseinminnesotabichez says: Sep 30, 2012 3:43 PM

    Not the Vikings, we killin it in MN for life

  4. chargerdillon says: Sep 30, 2012 3:57 PM

    Charger fan/San Diego native telling you here and now, the Chargers will be in LA, where they want to put the stadium is roughly 45 minutes out of San Diego County.

    So the owners can move roughly an hour and a half from where they currently play in a brand new top of the line stadium with premium seat payments, or they could just stay where they are and have blackouts glaore.

    Adios

  5. Kyle Orton's Hangover says: Sep 30, 2012 3:58 PM

    Dear L.A. The NFL wants nothing to do with you. Accept it. LA is awful anyway.

    Signed, Northern California resident.

  6. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Sep 30, 2012 4:00 PM

    LA is desperate for the NFL, but the NFL doesn’t need LA.

  7. 513guy says: Sep 30, 2012 4:03 PM

    L.A. Patriots

  8. tallguyme says: Sep 30, 2012 4:03 PM

    are their Jaguars in California?

  9. contra74 says: Sep 30, 2012 4:09 PM

    LA Packers has a ring to it

  10. csszrr says: Sep 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    Just curious if anyone knows the penalty that Shahid Khan will have to pay if he moves from Jacksonville? I mean, he got the team relatively cheap. It would seem any fine under a $150m would be worth it. That would make his total investment in an LA team under $1B. That would seem worth it.

  11. fuddpucker says: Sep 30, 2012 4:40 PM

    This could end up being a disaster but hey, the NFL wants a team in L.A. and they always get what they want.

    I’d much, much, rather S.D build a new stadium and keep the Chargers.

  12. silvestregonzalez74 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:52 PM

    it’s gonna be the rams in the nfc and the raiders in the afc.
    and to you la haters you can suck it!!!!!!

  13. prestigious1 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    As a San Diego native and a fan of the Chargers I think its all but over for the Chargers remaining in San Diego. Local government and voters will not assist in building a stadium out here. All of our options are dead (the downtown stadium being the last of them) and Spanos has run out of patience. Not to mention that real estate developers prefer the chargers to the raiders. Its been fun being a Charger fan but I will not be supporting them once they move to LA.

    -Thanks for the memories and goodbye

  14. louiespoon says: Sep 30, 2012 7:43 PM

    If L.A. gets a team then Chicago should get a 2nd one….

  15. ripseau says: Sep 30, 2012 8:08 PM

    L.A. needs to work on moving a single team, let alone 2 teams. It would kind of seem like over saturation of football. So cal needs to get behind a single team and maybe think about another if things work out with the city.
    L.A. Chargers

  16. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 30, 2012 8:33 PM

    I personally think they should just move one of there teams there they already have 3 teams in california right so why not one of there teams
    enough about fans from other states saying the vikings are moving to LA its not going to happen us MN people want them to stay right where they are we love our team and we love playing the packers and its esp fun when we beat them yes we have beat the packers in the past so hopefully we will again this year
    skol vikings

  17. wberg21 says: Sep 30, 2012 11:30 PM

    In the words of Aerosmith, dream on, dream on…

  18. stlouisramsbaby says: Sep 30, 2012 11:56 PM

    Chargers and Raiders to LA

    NFC West
    St Louis Rams
    San Fran 49ers
    Los Angeles Chargers
    Seattle Seahawks

    AFC West
    Denver Broncos
    Arizona Cardinals
    Los Angeles Raiders
    Kansas City Chiefs

  19. ern215 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:50 AM

    stlouisramsbaby says:Sep 30, 2012 11:56 PM

    Chargers and Raiders to LA

    NFC West
    St Louis Rams
    San Fran 49ers
    Los Angeles Chargers
    Seattle Seahawks

    AFC West
    Denver Broncos
    Arizona Cardinals
    Los Angeles Raiders
    Kansas City Chiefs
    ==================================
    what is wrong with this guy?
    so youre gonna have 2 teams in the same conference, in the same division , that play in the same city?
    gtfoh, …………………….smh.

  20. mazblast says: Oct 1, 2012 1:43 AM

    what is wrong with this guy?
    so youre gonna have 2 teams in the same conference, in the same division , that play in the same city?
    —————————

    Read it again. He’s moving the Chargers to the NFC West and the Cardinals to the AFC West.

    Either way, it would be a shame to move an original AFL team to the NFC.

  21. jaredb2 says: Oct 1, 2012 2:28 AM

    Los Angeles Las to Houston on being the 32nd NFL franchise because it’s city leaders were too lazy and just felt entitled to having a NFL team in there city and didn’t think that they had to work to get it.

    I for one hope Los Angeles does not get another NFL team for a long time

  22. rohlo says: Oct 1, 2012 5:07 AM

    fitting that he is wearing a black n silver shirt in the picture!!!

    its gonna be raiders and rams moving back to LA ,or expansion which would the be the smartest thing for the nfl and the fanbase to start all over again. could happen as goodell wants an expansion team in london..it wouldnt surprise me at all…

    Los angeles got a space shuttle over houstons johnson space center…but the thing they forget to mention is houston got hte nfl team over los angeles!!! LA was too busy touting the rose bowl and LA colliseum ….. LA can take the shuttle and houston gladly loves having a 4-0 football team that is amongs the best in the nfl currently!!! lol

  23. kombayn says: Oct 1, 2012 6:52 AM

    Unless Stan Kronke buys AEG, which I doubt… What is going to happen is Patrick & Gugginheim are going to snatch-up the LA-based AEG assets and then bring in Chargers & Raiders back to Los Angeles. After that, the Chargers will move to the NFC West and the Seahawks will return to the AFC West to keep the “history” with divisions in-tact.

    I don’t expect any of the other teams to move but the Rams & Jaguars can always be future candidates for Toronto & London which are real targest for relcation/expansion. Anyways, it’ll be a good move for the NFL unless they can get the Chargers & Raiders new stadiums in the current locations, doubtful though.

  24. mazblast says: Oct 1, 2012 9:45 AM

    After that, the Chargers will move to the NFC West and the Seahawks will return to the AFC West to keep the “history” with divisions in-tact.
    —————————————
    The Chargers have been in the AFL/AFC West with the Raiders, Dallas Texans/KC Chiefs, and Broncos since the AFL was formed in 1960. How does taking them out of that division “keep the history with divisions intact [sp]“?

    However, if they’re going to do that, let’s get all the divisions realigned on a geographical basis. Miami has been in a division with Buffalo, New England, and the Jets since 1966; sorry, but now you’re in the South. Indianapolis goes to the North. Baltimore moves to the East. Dallas goes to the NFC South and Charlotte to the East, over JJ’s screams about “tradition” (money and prime-time exposure) and despite Holy Dallas having been in a division with the Giants, Philly, and Washington since 1960.

  25. ckinthekc99 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:56 PM

    Any smart person knows that there are more Raider fans in LA than any other team, heck there are more Raider fans in the city of San Diego possibly. With that said, I have a hard time believing LA of all places, is just gonna fall in love with just any team that moves there

  26. circles1999 says: Oct 1, 2012 11:11 PM

    Nobody will move to LA until AEG gets a new owner and that owner will have to be able to fork out $3-4 Billion to get the team and stadium.

    Under a best case scenario their will not be any NFL in LA for at least
    3 years.

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