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Goodell says millions of fans want a team in Los Angeles

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The NFL hasn’t had a team in Los Angeles since 1994. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says fans in L.A. want to change that.

Goodell said at the league meeting that he believes the fans want a team to move back to Los Angeles, but that the league needs to get the right stadium deal before that happens.

“We’ve been very open that if we had the right opportunity to be back in Los Angeles with the right formula, meaning a stadium, most importantly,” Goodell said. “We know there are millions of fans who want a team there. We would love to do that, but it has to be successful. We are going to do it right if we are going to do it. There are different proposals out there and different opportunities but not one that we are focused on and can say that we have the right solution yet. We’re not there.”

Millions of fans wanting a team in Los Angeles is less important than finding someone to pay for a stadium in Los Angeles. So far, that’s the element the NFL hasn’t been able to find.

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  1. enkay85 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:03 AM

    Millions of fans want a team, they just won’t show up to the games.

  2. sellout1983 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:04 AM

    STOP RUINING FOOTBALL

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 27, 2014 11:08 AM

    It would be pretty cool if they created a very modern/futuristic type of stadium and a new fuller experience that puts everybody else’s offering to shame. That would constitute doing it the right way.

  4. grantsbuds says: Mar 27, 2014 11:10 AM

    Tremendous!

  5. tsmercurio says: Mar 27, 2014 11:11 AM

    I would say that there are probably at least a million people in the City of Los Angeles, right?

  6. tigers182 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:12 AM

    It doesn’t matter if only hundreds of fans actually support the team.

  7. valentino8100 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:13 AM

    You hearin’ that Shad ?

  8. themagicman1223 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:14 AM

    Millions of fans want a team in LA, so we’ll just put one in England.

  9. gdive says: Mar 27, 2014 11:17 AM

    Really? Name one.

  10. chut26 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:21 AM

    The fans want a team so bad that they barely cared when TWO teams left.

  11. patsbrat says: Mar 27, 2014 11:21 AM

    Yup, millions of fans want a team in LA. Just not their team

  12. craigkintexas says: Mar 27, 2014 11:27 AM

    NFL teams haven’t had much success in LA. I wonder if that is a consideration or just someone to pay for a stadium? Support NBA teams is one thing but the revenue to support and NFL team is so much greater. I don’t think the demographics have improved, if anything they’ve deteriorated.

  13. normaneinstein7 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 AM

    California has enough teams already.

  14. beardinals says: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 AM

    Anyone else think the NFL should start paying for their own stadiums?

  15. jbaxt says: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 AM

    The same millions also want it to be someone other than the raiders or the rams.

  16. corchamp says: Mar 27, 2014 11:36 AM

    Where are these fans he speaks of?

  17. johnnybandwagon says: Mar 27, 2014 11:38 AM

    Million’s of NFL dollars wants a team in LA.

  18. thraiderskin says: Mar 27, 2014 11:39 AM

    I want LA to have a team.

  19. yourmadre says: Mar 27, 2014 11:39 AM

    No we don’t. We already have enough traffic, and more than enough debt. It won’t do anything for the local economy either; half the players in the league already have a house here in the offseason and they’re already spending their money here. Same goes for the agents.

    Plus, most of the people here are transplants from other cities and they already have teams to support from those cities.

  20. p4hbiz says: Mar 27, 2014 11:40 AM

    USC, Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Angels, and Raiders… You can never have enough to do in So Cal. I Love my City!

  21. godofwine330 says: Mar 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    I am tired of hearing him say the fans like he cares anything about what they/we want. We don’t want football in Europe, but he says we want it (73% plus said no yesterday); He says that we want want 18 game seasons, but more than 70% said no we don’t and he doesn’t care. Roger Goodell is as bad as Dan Snyder with his understanding of the fans when he is as out of touch with the fans as George H.W. Bush at a Chief Keef concert.

    He has no clue and though it may not appear financially, he is the worst commissioner since before I started watching football, or at least the most hated. I’m 37, and to go from Pete Rozelle to Paul Tagliabue to him? Gimme a break.

    The fans, like he really cares. Let’s see what happens when Mark Davis tries to move the Raiders back, then we wil see how much he wants to give the fans what they want.

  22. skimbell says: Mar 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    Millions of fans want Goodell out of his job too.
    Is that going to happen?

  23. sportnorcal says: Mar 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    Are any of those people actually in the LA Area, Roger?

  24. granadafan says: Mar 27, 2014 11:42 AM

    Come back to LA! ( No Raiders though)

  25. 92nick182govikings says: Mar 27, 2014 11:43 AM

    Best team to move there would be the chargers. Their fan base in san diego isn’t that big so move them up to la and it will help out their franchise a lot.

  26. imdey says: Mar 27, 2014 11:45 AM

    California and Florida have too many teams spread it out.

  27. JSpicoli says: Mar 27, 2014 11:50 AM

    So he says

  28. mrskvall says: Mar 27, 2014 11:51 AM

    Haven’t they tried this already? TWICE? Obviously, a team in L.A. does not work. Stop trying to make it happen.

  29. doug1grohlin says: Mar 27, 2014 12:01 PM

    He also thinks fans don’t want hitting, more games over seas, and meaningless regular season.

  30. ps3988 says: Mar 27, 2014 12:02 PM

    It’s quite frightening when the head of the league is so out of touch with the fan base on virtually everything. This guy has changed the league more in the last 4 years than the previous 75 years combined. He’ll only learn the hard way that the fans are fuel in the NFL engine.

  31. dryzzt23 says: Mar 27, 2014 12:08 PM

    No. LA sucks and the people there are not fans of professional football.
    Like Miami, LA has a high hispanic and transient population. Miami ALWAYS have attendance problems. Hispanics like soccer and are not NFL fans.

  32. firedup1 says: Mar 27, 2014 12:18 PM

    San Antonio would be a great option.

  33. purpleguy says: Mar 27, 2014 12:21 PM

    Millions of fans located outside of LA maybe. . . . . .

  34. PackersHome.com says: Mar 27, 2014 12:22 PM

    How many NFL franchises has LA lost?

  35. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 27, 2014 12:23 PM

    Goodell loves money.

  36. dirtysouthironmen says: Mar 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    So have “test games” just like you are in London. Schedule 2-4 games a year in LA at the Rose Bowl and see who shows up.

  37. Andrew says: Mar 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    Here’s a thought – instead of a franchise, LA should be the permanent home of the Super Bowl. Guaranteed neutral site and almost guaranteed perfect weather.

  38. EJ says: Mar 27, 2014 1:00 PM

    The same thing will happen as in the past. The team will come out, there will be a great turn out, the team will win a few games and the fans will continue to support it… Then once the team loses a few games, the support will start to lag, the team will miss the playoffs and the fans will stop showing… The team will eventually decide there is no money to be made and another relocation will go into effect.

    DO NOT PUT A TEAM IN L.A.!!!

  39. bstngrdn says: Mar 27, 2014 1:02 PM

    The other problem with warm weather cities is that there is just too much competition for people’s time on Sundays. People can do all sorts of other outdoor things that are not an option for people in colder climes, so rather than spend all that money going to a football game, people elect to spend their time doing something pleasureable that doesn’t cost as much and can often involve many more family members.

  40. ocgunslinger says: Mar 27, 2014 1:05 PM

    I’m in LA and I am thrilled without having a local team since the Rams left while they were well supported by the local fans. The Raiders were not here long enough before they went home and were basically a despised rival. Both left for financial reasons and would do it again. Let’s keep it the way it has been for 20 years.

  41. mrgroovesd says: Mar 27, 2014 1:06 PM

    Did you ask those millions of fans yourself Roger?

  42. artvan15 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:11 PM

    Fans in LA don’t care about football.

  43. jusford says: Mar 27, 2014 1:13 PM

    Did Goodell spend some time in Colorado?

  44. ravensbob says: Mar 27, 2014 1:19 PM

    Wilson ‘s body isn’t even cold yet, very classy Goodell.

  45. jagsfan2012 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:23 PM

    It is my belief the NFL purposely hasn’t put a team in LA so other teams can use the threat of relocation to get a new stadium deal. It won’t be until the majority of teams have new or renovated stadiums is when the NFL will have a team in LA.

    Chicago: Newly renovated stadium. Detroit: New stadium. GB: Newly renovated stadium. Minnesota: New stadium being built. NO: Renovated no too long ago. Tampa: Newer stadium. Carolina: Renovations are coming. Atlanta: New stadium being built. Dallas, NY, Philadelphia: New stadiums. Washington: Wants new stadium. Seattle, Arizona, SF: New stadiums. St. Louis: Wants new stadium. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland: All have newer stadiums. Houston, Indy, Tennessee: Newer stadiums. Jacksonville: Renovations being done in time for 2014 seasons. NE, NY: New stadiums. Miami and Buffalo want major upgrades. Denver: Newer stadium. KC: Had major upgrades done 4 years ago. Oakland and San Diego: Need new stadiums.

    When you narrow down the teams, these teams want to use LA as a bargaining chip: Washington, St. Louis, Miami, Buffalo, Oakland and San Diego. Obviously Washington won’t move. So whatever team of these last 5 is last with a new stadium will be the LA team.

    Just my two cents.

  46. jagsfan2012 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:27 PM

    FYI…

    All of you saying that LA has lost two teams, you’re not correct. They’ve lost 3 teams. LA Chargers, LA Rams and LA Raiders.

  47. evilglazers666 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:28 PM

    They sample 20 people and 2 were all for it, so if you translate that to the overall USA population of 313.9 million people, then that would mean 31 million are for it!

  48. tpa43 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:31 PM

    Ralph Wilson is already turning in his grave.

  49. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 27, 2014 1:36 PM

    Millions of fans want lower ticket prices too

  50. slugbaitspace says: Mar 27, 2014 1:40 PM

    “There are different proposals out there and different opportunities but not one that we are focused on and can say that we have the right solution yet.”

    Translation: Nobody has guessed the correct number that coincides with “New Franchise Fee”

  51. wantcheesewityourwhine says: Mar 27, 2014 1:42 PM

    Why not a team in LA its guaranteed to make money… Why everyone so scared for LA or dont think it will get suport? Hello its the 2nd biggest market & its not because fans didn’t follow the last teams that left.. the city wouldnt build new stadiums.. Lol, like its going to effect your team… Swear anything new to the NFL get mad complaints on here…

  52. richc111 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:45 PM

    “fans want to “MOVE” a team which means not expansion. So what team is going to “MOVE” to LA. I can’t think of a better way to honor a hall of fame owner Ralph Wilson who voted against every single franchise that ever moved than to move his team after he passed away. But as the owners and players blab about while they all make millions “it’s a business” So I tell you again how will the league treat a guy who help build the entire league? I guess we will see

  53. gonzoforbills says: Mar 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    This, on the heels of Ralph Wilson’s death, is truly classless.

  54. melikefootball says: Mar 27, 2014 1:53 PM

    Two million fans would like G0d-del to step down.

  55. jimmypx says: Mar 27, 2014 1:56 PM

    If Goodell and the NFL said “We want a team in LA and we are will to expand by 2 teams to do it. Both LA and another city (how about London) will get expansion teams”.
    That wouldn’t upset anyone and fans in LA and London win and no other city loses.
    Instead he’s really saying “Your city BETTER find the money to give your team a brand new stadium and your city BETTER have all of the seats filled every Sunday or we are going to steal your team and move them in the night to LA or London (like the Browns, Colts, and Cardinals)”.
    It’s pure blackmail with a happy face.

  56. gbmickey says: Mar 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    Its all a ruse and he is just trying to drum up support by creating this false demand. Its all about the TV market and the $ that can be generated there. I just wish people would just speak the truth instead of insulting our intelligence. Fellow posters you really need to look beyond Goodell he is just a mouthpiece for the owners and does their bidding.

  57. completefan says: Mar 27, 2014 2:06 PM

    Millions of fans want football in L.A. I’m going out there in May to see an L.A. KISS game. I expect to see no more than 2,000 people in the building. L.A., like Toronto, is NOT a football city.

  58. raiders757 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:07 PM

    “jbaxt says: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 AM

    The same millions also want it to be someone other than the raiders or the rams.”

    – The vast majority of the area is full of Raiders and Rams fans, moron. They damn sure don’t want your crappy Jags, that’s for sure.

  59. bcmcknight77 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:12 PM

    “Coincidentally, Ralph Wilson died last week, and he was the only thing keeping the Bills in Buffalo. Enjoy the next few years until we can void your lease, unless the Jags beat you out there.”

  60. goldrush36 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:22 PM

    Anytime I see an article with “Goodell says” I skip straight to the comments to read the truth lol

  61. jgat12 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:23 PM

    Millions??? Name 5 not including yourself!!!

  62. andynormile says: Mar 27, 2014 2:27 PM

    Why not split a team between L.A. And London. 4 homes games based in each city, with HQ and training based in L.A, that should satisfy everyone.

  63. thelastpieceofcheese says: Mar 27, 2014 2:33 PM

    LA Dolphins

  64. iamkillerfin says: Mar 27, 2014 2:38 PM

    LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE GOODELL YOU IDIOT!!!

  65. wantcheesewityourwhine says: Mar 27, 2014 2:46 PM

    Ralph Wilson before he passed made it known that he did not want & will have is his team handed down to his family but that the Bills would be sold to the highest bidder… This is from the late Mr. Wilson so looks like the Bills have the inside track on LA if someone Bids on them & move them there small market Bills instantly becomes a big market team & your investment doubles..

  66. bohste says: Mar 27, 2014 2:49 PM

    Millions of fans in LA want a team? Name them, Commish, because I’ve never heard that from anyone I know on the West Coast.

  67. stonefish67 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:54 PM

    Big deal. Whats more important is millions of us fans, WANT YOU FIRED

  68. asmodean13 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:55 PM

    Screw LA. They had their teams and blew it. Crap city anyways.

  69. jeffreyshulenburg says: Mar 27, 2014 2:55 PM

    I hope the ghost of Ralph Wilson rises from the grave and slaps some sense into you Goodell. Youre a schmuck. 3 teams have failed there. You already have 2 other teams in CA that cant get their stadiums built. And 2 days after his death, you bring up the fact that you want a team there, knowing full well that the franchise he put 54 years into making will be up for sale in 3 years.

    Bills fans are already sharpening their pitchforks over the thought of the team being sold to someone out of state. Whoever messes with the Bills are in for one ugly fight. This is like threatening to move the Redsox or Cubs You dont f**k with a founding team

  70. rohlo says: Mar 27, 2014 2:59 PM

    FYI new mayor of San Diego is a San Diego State grad and recently said he will not let the chargers leave San Diego and will do all in his power to get them a new stadium in San diego..The spans family doesn’t want to leave San Diego either.thags why they have spent millions on stadium research in San diego.. The teams in LA will be the Rams first again in 2 years then the Raiders again.they haven’t made a blueprint of a possible raiders stadium in oakland.

    The St Louis report that came out and claimed kroner land purchase in LA is for a soccer stadium.well LA has two MLS teams.and they play at the brand new Carson center …

  71. steeltuff says: Mar 27, 2014 3:00 PM

    Roger cares about Roger.

  72. mood4amelody says: Mar 27, 2014 3:04 PM

    Millions of fans named George Washington. No more public money for the billionaires boys club, please.

  73. selgaeinla says: Mar 27, 2014 3:04 PM

    A new LA stadium would have 3 sides of corporate boxes and about 5000 seats for the population. Just look at the Staples Center. NFL is huge in LA, but no one would be able to afford the stupid PSL /parking crap.

  74. mikeschmitt1217 says: Mar 27, 2014 3:12 PM

    I think a few fans want a team in LA. I think millions of fans want to stop seeing commercials after every stop in play. I’m seriously considering recording games this season and watching them after the fact. If the commercials were decent, it would be one thing but it is literally an insult to my intelligence that they think any of that crap makes me want to buy their product.

  75. sikwiddit says: Mar 27, 2014 3:17 PM

    “WE DON’T CARE IF THERE IS A TEAM IN L.A. OR NOT” – Millions of other fans.

  76. Robert says: Mar 27, 2014 3:20 PM

    1.L.A. Rams 2. L.A. Raiders

  77. ianwetpantscom says: Mar 27, 2014 3:28 PM

    L.A.Steelers

    #justsay’n

  78. bleedgrn76 says: Mar 27, 2014 3:29 PM

    Goodell really does need to GO. This clown is by far the worst commish! And LA couldn’t support a team 15 years ago and it’s not likely they can support one now.

  79. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2014 3:30 PM

    If I were an NFL player, I would contact the NFLPA and demand that a change be added to the CBA. That addition would be the clause that would demand that any game played in Smogland, be in a domed stadium. That clause by itself would doom any thoughts of going to La-La Land, because the city would never fund such a place.

    A few thousand fans may yell loudly that LA needs a team, but history says otherwise. I can imagine Goodell’s chagrin at seeing a televised NFL game there and the empty seats glaringly apparent, in the second quarter. Roger would then have to know as the main cheerleader for an LA-franchise, that his tail would be sitting on a very warm chair.

    I’d go to the Bluejeans Bowl to see the Hawks play the Niners, but no way in hades would I go to LA.

  80. thatstinks says: Mar 27, 2014 3:38 PM

    Millions of fans that don’t now what the blackout rule is .

  81. BigAlHeBDMan says: Mar 27, 2014 3:41 PM

    Here’s a novel idea. With the traffic ensnarlements being such a major pitfall in the City of Angels, why not just build the stadium further south. You could save a ton of $$$$ if it was about 100 miles and you called the team The San Diego Chargers.
    Idea #2. Simply change the name to the Southern California Chargers.

  82. chad504boy says: Mar 27, 2014 3:51 PM

    Los Angeles Jets

  83. ashoreinhawaii says: Mar 27, 2014 3:55 PM

    Been there, done that.
    So many people in LA are from elsewhere and already have an NFL team. Having a team would only tick people off because of all the TV blackouts – something our do-nothing Congress should do something about (like make blackouts illegal).
    Also both FOX & CBS should both have to have 2 games each Sunday instead of switching the 2nd game monopoly each week.
    Average citizens and their kids can’t afford to go to games, so they should have as many games on TV as possible.

  84. dem5957 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    Translation- Millions in advertising dollars want a team in LA. In other words we (NFL) want that LA market. We want millions Neilsens in LA…..

  85. walkinginthewasteland says: Mar 27, 2014 4:05 PM

    Millions of fans “want” Roger Goodell to not be the NFL comissioner anymore, but I don’t see that happening either…

  86. bluenose1965 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:07 PM

    Most of the millions live in Jacksonville.

  87. nflfan1326 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:08 PM

    Don’t you need a Republican governor first? I mean Cal is the most unfriendly business state. That being said, it ain’t gonna happen in the people’s republic of California.

  88. nflfan1326 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:11 PM

    Do the people on this thread know that the Jaguars are spending $63 million on stadium renovations? That coupled with the $12 million already spent to upgrade the locker room areas is $75 million. And they’re going to move? Yeah right. LOL

  89. chicagotomahawk says: Mar 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    Does it matter? Californians just bandwagon whatever team is doing the best. Aside from Niner fans who just give up on football until their team has a winning season.

  90. selldannysell says: Mar 27, 2014 4:19 PM

    I must have missed all those “Bring Football Back to L.A.” campaigns that rivaled those of Baltimore and Cleveland when they lost their teams.

  91. v5thnov says: Mar 27, 2014 4:25 PM

    Just because millions of people live in L.A. does not mean there are any football fans down there. L.A. had their chance, they no longer deserve a football team.

  92. ivanpavlov0000 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:35 PM

    It must be awful to live in a fly-over city with nothing to do, as opposed to a fly-to city with lots to do.

    The good citizens of Los Angeles County are not going to buy a stadium for a billionaire NFL team owner.

    People who will never be able to afford to buy a ticket to see a game shouldn’t have to pay for a stadium. If a team comes to downtown, I won’t be shocked if ticket prices start in the $250 range. You guys should see what concert tickets cost out here!

    An NFL stadium won’t generate more revenue than it costs. Unless it’s designed to be accessed by public transportation, the extra traffic will actually have a negative impact on downtown businesses. We don’t need the NFL to bring people into downtown.

    Go ahead and give me the thumbs down! I don’t care! You guys all wish you had our weather, our eye candy, and our many many many options for food, drink, and fun.

  93. ivanpavlov0000 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:37 PM

    Also – the Bills aren’t going anywhere.

    Ralph Wilson signed them to a stadium lease for the next six years. Breaking it will cost the team $400 Million.

    That was his final gift to the people of Buffalo, whom he loved. He made sure the Bills were staying home.

  94. onebigredrocket says: Mar 27, 2014 4:38 PM

    Of these millions living in LA, how many are citizens?

  95. timmyp716 says: Mar 27, 2014 4:51 PM

    If its not broken, Dont try to fix it……….also leave our Bills alone. It hasnt even been a week yet

  96. mickeyd5314 says: Mar 27, 2014 5:07 PM

    Are you kiddin me…..LA doesn’t need another NFL team. They are a two time loser when it comes to football……!
    Select a city like San Antonio, they deserve an expansion NFL team or to have a team move there………..!

  97. mkos4513 says: Mar 27, 2014 5:09 PM

    Why is Rog missing the signs here? Two teams left LA 20 years ago and in that time they still haven’t been able to put together an ownership group with the right stadium deal? If you can’t bring a team back to one of the top markets within 20 years, then maybe the LA market isn’t right for the NFL.

  98. charmcitycrab says: Mar 27, 2014 5:30 PM

    Given the size of the LA market, I’m virtually certain they can support an NFL team, despite it not being much of a “football market” and competition from USC. Add together the fan bases from the old LA Rams and LA Raiders, mix in some folks who’ll come out to see a state of the art new stadium and partake of the amenities, and they’d do fine. I was shocked that both teams left in the sane off-season instead of having one remain and buy up the old teams’ list of past and present season ticket holders and mailing them a letter sympathizing with the loss of their team and offering them two years of discounted season tickets and a free cap. The key is going to be if the NFL comes back to LA and wants to succeed is limiting it to one team. I always here these proposals for giving them two teams at once and am like what the hell. Give then one team with ten years of guaranteed market exclusivity. LA may have only half the fans per capita of many cities , but its like double their size, so one team should work. Two teams is setting them up for failure.

  99. tincansailor981 says: Mar 27, 2014 5:48 PM

    32 owners want to tap into the millions of dollars from fans in LA

  100. sikwiddit says: Mar 27, 2014 5:55 PM

    L.A. Had the Rams they left for St louis
    L.A. Had the Raiders they went back to Oakland.
    Somebody remind me what is it called when you do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result….

  101. charger383 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:28 PM

    millions of fans want Goodell fired

  102. roknsoul says: Mar 28, 2014 2:59 PM

    #LARAMS2015

  103. scbaby2013 says: Mar 28, 2014 11:05 PM

    Talk is cheap bring the rams and raiders back

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