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Pasadena approves up to five years of NFL at Rose Bowl

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Ground won’t be broken on a new stadium in L.A. until a team is lined up to play there.  And once it’s known that a team will be playing there, it means that the team will have a hard time continuing to play in the “there” that they’ll be abandoning.

So a temporary home in Los Angeles will be needed.  And it’s looking like that place will be the Rose Bowl.

According to the Pasadena Sun (via SportsBusiness Daily), the powers-that-be in that Southern California city voted on Tuesday to allow an expansion of the permissible number of annual events at the Rose Bowl from 12 to 25.  After a five-hour meeting that included plenty of citizens who complained about the traffic, noise, and other drawbacks to hosting NFL games, Pasadena City Council voted 7-1 to approve the increase for up to five years.

“We have a fiduciary responsibility to the whole city to take the next step,” Councilwoman Margaret McAustin said.   I’m not excited about the NFL, and clearly [the Rose Bowl’s neighbors] are not excited, but it’s the responsible thing to do.”

Six years ago, a divided council blocked by one vote the possibility of the Rose Bowl providing a permanent home for an NFL team.  “[T]his is different,” Councilman Steve Madison said. “This is a temporary matter when we have dire financial needs.”

Currently, the Rose Bowl hosts UCLA home games and, yes, the Rose Bowl.

The addition of 13 events and not 12 adds a little potential intrigue to the move.  With the NFL’s current scheduling formula putting the maximum number of home games in any given season at 12, the expansion to 13 hints at either a Super Bowl or an extra home game that would come from expanding the regular season to 18 games and keeping the preseason at four.

The more likely (but far less interesting) explanation is that some NFL regular seasons finish in early January, which could result in a maximum of 13 regular-season games played in a given stadium in a full calendar year, if the next regular season finishes in December.

Either way, the foundation has been put in place for L.A. to house a team temporarily, while it’s permanent house is being built.

The biggest problem for the NFL could be coming up with a way to relax the blackout rule, given that it will be a tall order to fill the continuous bowl to its 92,000-seat capacity on a consistent basis.

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49 Responses to “Pasadena approves up to five years of NFL at Rose Bowl”
  1. lightcleric says: Nov 20, 2012 7:15 PM

    I still don’t see how this isn’t set up for the Chargers.

  2. kivory2 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:15 PM

    And no the Jags are not moving!

  3. hoopieguy says: Nov 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    So, who’s going there?

  4. dannymac17 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:20 PM

    If this is not the Chargers and their mayor basically telling them “Dont let the door hit you on the way out”

    I dont know what is.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:24 PM

    I don’t see how this helps. With the TV blackout rules, there is no way any team sells out the Rose Bowl.

  6. tsizzlehotpiss says: Nov 20, 2012 7:25 PM

    They beter renovate the entrances and exits to that stadium because it’s a death trap waiting to happen.

  7. jimnaizeeum says: Nov 20, 2012 7:27 PM

    How many teams have to moved to LA…and then leave? They don’t seem to have the football fan base to support a team.

  8. arpy911 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:34 PM

    And if they get home field advantage for the playoffs, what happens then?

  9. therealraiderduck says: Nov 20, 2012 7:38 PM

    I still say it’s gonna be the Chargers at the Rose Bowl and the Raiders at the LA Coliseum until their new stadia (Farmer’s Field and Los Angeles Stadium in Industry, respectively) are built.

  10. upperdecker19 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:38 PM

    They’ll sell out the first year based on SUPERIOR tailgating situation alone. Cheers!

  11. bucsfan5000 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:39 PM

    Go Chargers, go.

  12. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:48 PM

    So long, vikes

  13. hoochbcs says: Nov 20, 2012 7:55 PM

    Should be Rams and Chargers to LA

    Don’t overreact on Carolina or Jacksonville

    Award St. Louis an expansion possibly down the line

  14. devrick says: Nov 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    Let’s just say that the Rose Bowl, while legendary, is far from the nicest stadium I’ve even been in. That place needs major renovations.

  15. AlohaMrHand says: Nov 20, 2012 8:01 PM

    Say hello to your Los Angeles Rams 2.0

  16. dannymac17 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:01 PM

    I dont get the “they failed because they get no support” BS

    its cause of 100 year old stadiums and lack of fan experience. Plus we havent had a new stadium built since the Home Depot center, and thats for Soccer.

    You wanna go down to South Central to watch football?

    I sure never did.

  17. ballboy48 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:09 PM

    Rams, Bills, Chargers, and Raiders are all in play here! The Bills and Chargers leases expire next season.

  18. khmer379 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:14 PM

    realy vikes? cmon dude it not even funny anymore last time i check we opening up our new stadium in 2015

  19. scubasteve12 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:16 PM

    Why not just make a new team? More football wont hurt anyone.

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 20, 2012 8:16 PM

    LA Vikings!! Skoal

  21. contra74 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:29 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Nov 20, 2012 8:16 PM
    LA Vikings!! Skoal


    Yes folks – packer fans still hold on to the LA Vikings dream even though the vikes have a new stadium on their way. Classy bunch huh!?

  22. clickablecontent says: Nov 20, 2012 8:31 PM

    It’s inaccurate to say NFL teams in LA havent had fans. They haven’t had lucrative stadiums. The Rams and Raiders both played at the LA Coliseum, which was impossible to sell out, causing TV blackouts locally. It made no sense for a big market team to stay in TV town if they weren’t on TV. Farmers Field would be huge for an LA team. Lakers games and Staple Center are sellouts at inflated prices. I’m shocked local residents haven’t already blocked Rose Bowl participation though. What’s up with the Vikings? Seems like they have a little more leverage in Minnesota now.

  23. dirtysouthironmen says: Nov 20, 2012 8:35 PM

    Move the Jets to LA.

  24. db105 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:39 PM

    Will the new team charge PSLs for games at the Rose Bowl?

  25. kingpel says: Nov 20, 2012 8:48 PM

    I said not the Rams!

  26. richc111 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:52 PM

    I am so sick of hearing about LA wanting a team. Now they won’t build a stadium until they know for sure and they will play in a stadium that was build in roman times, plus the league would have to relax the blackout rule. How big of a deal do they want. No team in the NFL deserves to lose their franchise to this city. They have had 2 teams in the past 20 years and lost both of them. They don’t have football fans out there. To them it is a social event, and the problem there is they don’t have enough social people there to fill a stadium

  27. abninf says: Nov 20, 2012 8:55 PM

    Wonder how much money got slid under the table to the council members.

  28. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 20, 2012 8:56 PM

    The Jags can just bring their tarps.

  29. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 20, 2012 8:57 PM

    conditioned upon that they will host a super bowl, it’s all part of the deal.

  30. ciscosocalraider says: Nov 20, 2012 9:29 PM

    Those who don’t live in SoCal have no idea how many football fans we have here. Every Sunday every bar, restaurant, where ever a game is being shown is jammed packed. Also the NFL wasn’t as popular as it is now, so saying that there’s no fans to support a team is ridiculous. Now as for what team, I say the Raiders. The fan base here eclipses all other mentioned. If you’ve been to a Oakland game the vast majority are from Socal, and a Raiders vs Chargers game half if not 3/4 are Raiders fans.

  31. web619 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:08 PM

    Florida has 3 teams and has had inadequate support for all of them

  32. sourdough says: Nov 20, 2012 10:08 PM

    Any team that relocates to LA will have to pony up ~$600 million the NFL requires for a team to relocate to LA. Chargers owner Dean Spanos doesn’t have that kind of scratch. Don’t forget, if AEG builds the stadium they also require a minority share (at less than market price) of whatever team moves there. Spanos may be a lame owner, but he isn’t going to give away a share of his team for less-than market value.

  33. p31squared says: Nov 20, 2012 10:20 PM

    LA can’t fill a 90K seat stadium? Then they shouldn’t have a team.

  34. usmutts says: Nov 20, 2012 10:24 PM

    Los Angeles is where NFL teams go to die.

  35. superputman says: Nov 20, 2012 10:24 PM

    Whenever I see a team relocate I feel bad for the fan base. This time I’m starting to feel bad for myself. :-/

    -Buffalo fan

  36. truebluela says: Nov 20, 2012 10:50 PM

    We’ll find out if it’s the Bolts in February, since that month is open to the Team to decide whether to stay in SD with no new Stadium or leave for another City. They have had this option for several years, and have elected to stay put. So we’ll know by 2/29/2013 if they are the Team, or possibly one of the 2 Teams to move to L.A. …or in their case return to L.A.

  37. cav2ya says: Nov 20, 2012 10:53 PM

    if the nfl wants a team in the second largest market in the US, they Will relax the blackout rule for 5yrs., while the fan base builds. then once the new stadium is built, and the team moves in, blackout rule back in effect..
    this isn’t a government operation, this is a private company looking to make money..they’ll do that for sure. they can make up whatever rules they want..
    woohoo, I’m excited to finally have a team coming to LA. it sucks driving anywhere from 4-10 hrs just to see a game!

  38. joeychargers says: Nov 20, 2012 11:30 PM

    I really don’t want the Chargers to move… Take the Chiefs!

  39. mungman69 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:03 AM

    LA fans are too laid back to pack some old stadium. Yes, and the Rose Bowl needs major renovations.

  40. naes says: Nov 21, 2012 1:32 AM

    “The addition of 13 events and not 12 adds a little potential intrigue to the move. ”

    Not really.

    The Rose Bowl is set to go into the NCAA playoff rotation along with hosting the Rose Bowl.

    Maybe they’re just buying themselves some wiggle room. What happens if there is a disaster in another city and they have to move a game. San Diego had to postpone a game a few years back due to wildfire and New Orleans had to play at Giants stadium.

    The extra game gives them wiggle room for adding another NFL or college game without having to ask the city council for permission.

  41. silentcount says: Nov 21, 2012 2:15 AM

    If the NFL wants a team in LA so bad, then they never should have allowed that evil woman sneak the Rams away in the middle of the night. When you burn loyal fans, they don’t forget. They’ve moved on. Most of the people I know in LA came from somewhere else and are loyal fans of their home teams anyway. This whole NFL team in LA thing is nothing more than someone trying to make money.

  42. jpaq68 says: Nov 21, 2012 3:53 AM

    Say hello to your Los Angeles Bills!

  43. rasalghoul says: Nov 21, 2012 6:21 AM

    contra74 November 21, 2012, 2:29 AM CET

    bobnelsonjr says: Nov 20, 2012 8:16 PM LA Vikings!! Skoal


    Yes folks – packer fans still hold on to the LA Vikings dream even though the vikes have a new stadium on their way. Classy bunch huh!?


    Yeah, Green Bay fans are super excited for the Vikings to leave so they can play against 3 professional teams in their division.

    Not directed towards normal Viking fans, just the trolls. 🙂

  44. shackdelrio says: Nov 21, 2012 9:19 AM

    “Andre’s Johnson says:
    Nov 20, 2012 8:56 PM
    The Jags can just bring their tarps.”

    Maybe we could move one of the 11 teams with worse attendance than the 1-9 Jaguars. Like the 6-4 Buccaneers that average 10k less people a game.

  45. steelerben says: Nov 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    The Los Angeles Chargers

    How could this be anything else? With the NFL saying as soon as next year, the Charger’s lease up, all the front office, coaching and personnel changes coming this makes sense. Divisions don’t even need to be realigned to make it a sensible move.

    Throw in a new Nike designed uniform and it is the true fresh start that this team needs.

  46. ambitoos says: Nov 21, 2012 3:30 PM

    I get really tired of hearing that LA fans won’t support a team. That’s balony. The Rams left because of the problems with the people who ran the coliseum. They wouldn’t reduce the 100,000 seat capacity and Orange county offered them a better deal. The Raiders left because the Northridge earthquake destroyed the Coliseum. Any team that gets the LA market will probably double the value of it’s team. I’m just not sure the Chargers management is smart enough to realize that.

  47. radrntn says: Nov 21, 2012 5:37 PM

    sourdough says:
    Nov 20, 2012 10:08 PM
    Any team that relocates to LA will have to pony up ~$600 million the NFL requires for a team to relocate to LA

    i say raiders will not pay a penny
    , and secondly, whatever team it is will pay the raiders, not the nfl….even if it means going to court……Raiders own the rights to L.A. period.

  48. ambitoos says: Nov 21, 2012 7:06 PM

    Where did you get that Raiders own the rights. That’s balony. The NFL owns the rights to LA. They have stated that any team that want’s to move there must register with the NFL and they alone will pick the teams. They want two. The Chargers and the Rams or the Raiders and the Rams. All of their leases expire in 2013. The Chargers doesn’t but they can buy out any time they choose.

  49. dannymac17 says: Nov 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    lol @ whoever moves has to pay a half billion dollars.

    Thats not how it works, thats never how it worked.

    Please stop posting.

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