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No NFL return to L.A. in 2013

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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 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.

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43 Responses to “No NFL return to L.A. in 2013”
  1. dalucks says: Dec 18, 2012 4:26 PM

    A complete shocker. No one saw this coming.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:27 PM

    That’s the problem. Two projects ready to go and the NFL wants one somewhere else. The NFL needs to either pee or get off the pot with LA-expand and put two teams there like you want or give teams potentially want to move an ultimatum that no relocations will be considered after the 2014 season for a period of five years. Of course that will never happen as I truly believe the NFL like the threat of having a team in LA much more than actual having one there.

  3. jaydoubleyou22 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:31 PM

    Bring back the Rams. Build the stadium in Downtown. Please. Dodgers may end up moving to Downtown anyway… As crazy as it sounds.

  4. lilrob10201 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    Good they don’t need one.California already has 3 NFL teams,why does it need four ?

  5. richc111 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:34 PM

    Again I am sick of hearing the LA wants a team. They had teams and they left. Said it before and say it again. NO TEAM in the NFL deserves to lose their team to LA.

  6. buffalobills2012 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:34 PM

    No “Move the Bills to LA” jokes?
    Hopefully people are realizing that the fan base in WNY and Southern Ontario is strong (selling out games even with this horrible team) Can you imagine if this team was 9-5??
    We could put 80k in the Ralph.

  7. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 18, 2012 4:36 PM

    2023 we will,be reading the same headline.Sorry I just don’t see LA ever getting back a team.

  8. stephenmichaelparker says: Dec 18, 2012 4:37 PM

    The majority of the potential fan base in LA that can actually afford tickets resides on the Westside (or at least west of the 110). Why do they keep bringing up City of Industry???? What’s wrong with demo’ing the Colosseum, keeping the pillars, and rebuilding a state of the art stadium around it?

  9. joejoe81 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:38 PM

    as someone who lives in Sacramento, can the NFL please move the Raiders back down to LA. I’m tired of having to miss good games on TV to see the crappy Raiders,

  10. FinFan68 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:41 PM

    richc111 says:
    Dec 18, 2012 4:34 PM
    Again I am sick of hearing the LA wants a team. They had teams and they left. Said it before and say it again. NO TEAM in the NFL deserves to lose their team to LA.
    I haven’t heard that at all yet. What I have heard is a couple business ventures about stadiums and the NFL’s blackmail-like threat that any team in “need” of a new stadium might just move to Los Angeles. The people in LA have not said much at all except for the politicians and all they have done is argue about “revenue”.

  11. packerpride03 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:43 PM

    Whatever they do just don’t build the stadium down town. That would be a hell getting in and out. Do something like the cardinals did, just a little bit out of town and room for everything.

  12. silverhornet says: Dec 18, 2012 4:50 PM

    Los Angeles Dolphins… we certainly don’t want the Raiders/Rams/Bills/Vikings/Jags here!

  13. frankfordyellowjackets says: Dec 18, 2012 4:57 PM

    What about the Jags? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of their games on local tv.

  14. schaefermic says: Dec 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    Do you realize how silly that sounds? Have you looked at a map recently? That’s like saying NY has 3 teams already, so Philly, DC and Boston shouldn’t have one.


    lilrob10201 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    Good they don’t need one.California already has 3 NFL teams,why does it need four ?

  15. robf2010 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    The NFL doesn’t want to relocate a team there. They only want to maintain the threat of relocating a team there until every team has a new stadium. Then, they’ll award an expansion franchise to LA for about $1.5+ billion.

    Most cities are now aware of this and don’t cower in fear of losing their franchise as much as they might have a few years ago.

  16. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 18, 2012 5:10 PM

    LA vikings 2014 Skol!!

  17. tarznatz says: Dec 18, 2012 5:11 PM

    Jags are worst team as per selling seats. But can :A support a team? They’ve lost two already.

  18. djaehne says: Dec 18, 2012 5:13 PM

    after that monday night loss, the Jets should move to LA.

  19. Patriot42 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:13 PM

    This state is broke so who is going to pay for a stadium? This state could slide into the pacific and we would be better off.

  20. djaehne says: Dec 18, 2012 5:14 PM

    no wait, the Jets would be required by California law to rename to something that doesn’t burn so much fossil fuel and contribute to so much pollution.

  21. yanksbills says: Dec 18, 2012 5:19 PM

    The NFL knows a team can’t survive more than 5 years in LA. If it’s not a Lakers caliber team, the fans simply will not show up. If fans don’t show up, the games are blacked out on TV. LA fans are the worst in the country. Just go to a Dodgers game when they’re not playing .500 ball. The stadium is half empty and fans refuse to cheer on the team. It’s always the “Giants Suck!” chant when the Giants are ahead by 5 runs in the 1st.

  22. JackAcid says: Dec 18, 2012 5:23 PM

    The NFL needs LA more than LA needs the NFL.

  23. tomtravis76 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:42 PM

    If Steve Ross doesn’t get the public to pay for his stadium upgrades, he will move the team to LA.

    Go look at every move in the past, the Dolphins are following the exact same playbook.

  24. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Dec 18, 2012 5:53 PM

    Downtown LA scares me, and I live in NYC

  25. jspyle says: Dec 18, 2012 6:07 PM

    How long has the first pre-req been failing in the current market? The Raiders had just won a Super Bowl when they left Oakland? I dont recall the Baltimore Colts being that bad when they left. The Browns were bad, but the fans were legendary in their loyalty. About the only one was the oilers. The first pre-req should be listed as the failure of the owner to dupe the city their in into paying for a stadium.

  26. vikingfan1971 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:13 PM

    shut up about LA VIKINGS already, they are not moving.

  27. maddenisfordorks says: Dec 18, 2012 6:42 PM

    Check the stats when it comes to the Jags please.

    Don’t just make up stuff.

    No blackouts in 3 seasons.

  28. kev86 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:32 PM

    LA Jets

  29. ytownjoe says: Dec 18, 2012 7:50 PM

    Wait about three years under Joe Banner the Browns will be ready for another move.

  30. mikebrownfaux says: Dec 18, 2012 7:53 PM

    An expansion team? Hmm what do we call them “The L.A. Stars”, “The L.A. Gangsters”, “The L.A. Surgeons”? So many interesting things you could use to describe L.A… More then likely an expansion team to L.A. will be named something that has absolutely no correlation or history to the city it’s self. Which would indirectly make perfect sense..

  31. jimbo75025 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:57 PM

    vikingfan1971 says:
    Dec 18, 2012 6:13 PM
    shut up about LA VIKINGS already, they are not moving.

    Exactly. The Vikes are getting a new stadium. If the NFL allows them to move now, there would never be another publicly funded stadium approved and the NFL’s entire business model implodes.

  32. leatherface2012 says: Dec 18, 2012 9:44 PM

    where are all the dopes shouting la vikings now?

  33. Robert says: Dec 18, 2012 9:45 PM

    Dolphins and Rams in 2014….

  34. skolvikesskol says: Dec 18, 2012 9:55 PM

    “Oh no! That sux!” – said no one

  35. luponatrix says: Dec 18, 2012 10:02 PM

    maddenisfordorks says:Dec 18, 2012 6:42 PM

    Check the stats when it comes to the Jags please.

    Don’t just make up stuff.

    No blackouts in 3 seasons.


    They are incredible at getting thousands of fans excited about dressing up as black tarps.

  36. thermalito says: Dec 18, 2012 10:17 PM

    The only thing that is holding back the Rams from moving is arbitration. If a team wishes to move to LA after February they can do so whether the league approves or not. This matter has already been settled by the courts.

  37. akswag47 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:32 PM

    Bring a team to Toronto Canada in the next 10 years you already have 32 in the USA try that first

  38. qwest12 says: Dec 19, 2012 1:07 AM

    Chargers sell tickets when they don’t suck. If they tried to not suck as bad they would sell more tickets.

  39. Jeremy Meyer says: Dec 19, 2012 2:47 AM

    Correct me if I am wrong but the Chargers, Raiders and Rams have passed the number 1 rule. I think, the city not getting a stadium done by now, would be considered a failure in the team’s current market.

    No team has made a deal for a permanent home in Los Angeles because they are not allowed to start yet and no team would consider discussion before the end of the current season. The permanent home will be farmers field in downtown Los Angeles and the city of industry site has and is pretty much dead. It’s been a none factor since AEG got into the game.

    The Rose Bowl and the City of Pasadena are ready for a team to call the Bowl a home. The Coliseum is no longer a city owned property and is managed by USC. I highly doubt, that they will agree on letting a NFL team call it home for 3-4 years. Specially after what USC’s football coach has done to visiting teams, regarding not being able to warm up on the field.

    But, I do agree that 2013 may be a year to early. But, if they do not get going soon it the stadium idea may just walk into the sunset.

  40. flyeredup says: Dec 19, 2012 4:41 PM

    Rams in 2015

  41. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Dec 20, 2012 4:20 PM

    Los Angeles Rams of Anaheim

  42. mackcarrington says: Dec 21, 2012 10:32 PM

    Farmer’s Field has been “green-lighted” and is ready to go. But they wont start digging until a team is committed to move to LA. Yes the Rose Bowl has agreed to a TEMPORARY lease for a team until the downtown stadium is completed.
    USC is still a City-County-State property, but they made a deal to let USC manage it. They don’t own it outright. And the people thinking the Rams want to play in Anaheim are stupid. It’s a BASEBALL STADIUM and the reason they left in the first place! And as far as traffic… last time I checked, most NFL games are still played on SUNDAY. Not a lot of downtown traffic on Sunday. Monday night games might be drag though.

  43. pillaging4fun says: Jan 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    LA Raiders!

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