Here’s an item that didn’t register as much as it should have on the national radar screen regarding one specific corner of the map.
Peter King of SI.com reported in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that no team will be moving to Los Angeles in 2013.
It’s not a major surprise, but it means that the Chargers, the team in best position to pull up the stakes and relocate after 2012 given their lease deal, will be stuck in San Diego for another season, with a fan base that has grown increasingly ambivalent.
The possibility of a move was planted by Commissioner Roger Goodell, who in a June 2012 memo regarding relocation procedures mentioned a possible L.A. move for the 2013 season. As King explains, however, no team has satisfied even one of the prerequisites for relocation: (1) failure in the team’s current market; (2) a new deal for a permanent home in L.A.; and (3) a deal for a temporary arrangement at the Rose Bowl or the Coliseum.
The window for filing a relocation notice opens on January 1 and closes on February 15. King reports that there’s no way any team will be able to comply with all three requirements before February 15.
Currently, a stadium project in the City of Industry is shovel ready. A downtown location that would be named Farmers Field is inching closer toward green-light status. Some have suggested that the NFL ultimately would prefer building a new venue at Chavez Ravine, the location of Dodger Stadium.