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Report: NFL weighing whether to own a stadium in Los Angeles

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The NFL is many things to many people.

But could it be a landlord for a team in Los Angeles?

According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the NFL is considering financing and owning a stadium in the Los Angeles area, though that’s just one of the scenarios on the table.

The NFL, Farmer reports, is “evaluating” a number of stadium locations in Los Angeles.

The NFL hasn’t had a team in Los Angeles since 1994. And as the Times details in its piece, any NFL-owned stadium would have to work both for the tenants and the league.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the Times he would be in favor of a league-owned Los Angeles stadium.

“Whatever gets us a team in L.A., that would be awesome. That might be the solution. Whatever it takes, I know I’d be willing to support,” Kraft said, per the Times.

This much is certain: were the league to build and own a stadium, it would be a regular in the Super Bowl-hosting rotation. The last Super Bowl in the Los Angeles area was in 1993, when the Cowboys beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXVII.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 19, 2014 8:41 PM

    If one of those many things is that the NFL is secretly the Blake Association and could help fix the ending to the Red John saga, then that would explain a lot and be a big a win and I would thank them profusely for finally giving me something that I really want. Build it out and put a big Smiley on it, please do!

  2. glennsyank13 says: Jul 19, 2014 8:42 PM

    Well the table is being set for 2 new expansion teams soon: London and LA. Of course, that also means two other cities will be getting teams 5 years after that time.

  3. rcali says: Jul 19, 2014 8:42 PM

    See every other city, the NFL is fully capable of paying for new stadiums all by themselves.

  4. harveyclayton says: Jul 19, 2014 8:46 PM

    I think it’s a great idea. Take the tax payers out of the equation. Why should tax payers have to pay for seat licenses, tickets, cable tv expenses, and then also the stadiums that the teams play in. Pay the players less money to make up any short falls in revenues for the league.

  5. bonnovi says: Jul 19, 2014 8:49 PM

    Let them play half their home games in London and the other half in LA.

    There, I solved the NFL’s problem.

  6. campcouch says: Jul 19, 2014 8:52 PM

    So the fans of the other cities will see price increases in or for the NFL to rake in the money to do this.

  7. joneil66 says: Jul 19, 2014 8:57 PM

    Instead if constantly ruminating over which team should move to LA or when expansion will come to LA, why doesn’t the NFL just host a few games there each year, a la the London Series, to build momentum in the area. The NFL has failed in LA on more than one occasion. Why not run a pilot for a few years in OUR 2nd largest media market and stop watering down the product by bringing it overseas each year. NFL teams in Europe are not going to be successful like they are here, it’s that simple.

  8. maiphatdong says: Jul 19, 2014 9:16 PM

    L.A. is a frontrunner town in every sport, everyone loves the kings now, yet no one can name anyone on the roster

  9. guitarmaninks says: Jul 19, 2014 9:17 PM

    See every city when you don’t own it you don’t get to rent it out for your OWN profit

  10. mackcarrington says: Jul 19, 2014 9:24 PM

    Apparently the NFL has come to terms with the realization that the taxpayers and politicians in LA aren’t giving in to their extortion tactics.

  11. MichaelEdits says: Jul 19, 2014 9:31 PM

    The USFL owned and operated the LA Express in its last season.

  12. packfan0492 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:31 PM

    And the NFL could have their own team also.

  13. thedrowsy1 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:37 PM

    Don’t take my Raiders. I’m from S.F. I like underdogs and I like options. Lastly I don’t like wine and cheese with my football, it’s not traditional and frankly it’s very pretentious.

    Raider games are not dangerous, they are loud and rowdy. The only reason I don’t have season tickets is that McKenzie put a tarp on my seat…”great idea let’s cover the 50 yard line.”

  14. bucsorbust says: Jul 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    So I assume Goodell and Kraft are going to also buy the tickets for the fans? Maybe pay for some paper cut-outs with speakers built in, and pipe in some crowd noise?

    This is a ridiculously stupid idea. I’m so sick of Goodell trying to social engineer the NFL and American Society.

  15. bucsorbust says: Jul 19, 2014 9:42 PM

    The rest of LA is on welfare…why not just buy them a stadium, team, and season tickets? How about limo service while they’re at it. Oh sure, the NFL can just pick the pocket the government isn’t taking stuff out of. We each have two.

  16. Wineshard says: Jul 19, 2014 9:44 PM

    No way! Do you know how long the flight would be from London to LA? LA is a bad idea.

    Maybe the NFL could bring back the Concord to soften the blow? I am sure they could afford to resurrect that plane.

  17. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jul 19, 2014 9:47 PM

    Donald Sterling knows about being a slumlord in LA. Oh, you wrote Landlord. Same thing. He’s on line one.

  18. phinfan says: Jul 19, 2014 9:53 PM

    Eww just watch all superbowls land there

  19. kabasaman says: Jul 19, 2014 9:53 PM

    I knew there was a reason the league is thinking about holding the draft in L.A. What a bunch of scheming creeps. Sure, lets build a billion dollar stadium, put a team there. Then watch it fall into the sea.

  20. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 10:00 PM

    this Kraft stuff is bugging me…. admittedly, he is an idiot… “I was duped”

    why would anyone listen to or care what this guy thinks?

    for some reason Roger promotes and protects Kraft and Pats, when this is without a doubt a very low class org that reflects very poorly on the league

    London, LA…. any more dumb ideas Roger/Kraft?

  21. natigator says: Jul 19, 2014 10:05 PM

    The NFL give up their biggest threat when extorting other cities for stadiums with sweetheart deals? Yeah right

    The trick is they have to keep dangling that carrot in front of LA to keep them engaged so the league can continue with their shaking down of everyone else.

    Leaving LA has been the biggest boon to the league over the past 20 years

  22. tinbender2000 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:09 PM

    So the Patriots are moving to LA? Awesome!

  23. ockysays says: Jul 19, 2014 10:16 PM

    Really bucsorbust? Somebody from Trampa talking crap about welfare. Right…

  24. thereyougo2 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:25 PM

    With a criminal law suit being talked about in the press the NFL is about to change. Handing out illegal drugs to ease the pain is about to cause a lot of pain.

    Los Angles as a city is about to go broke. California as a state is looking to become five separate states and Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft thing it’s a good idea to locate there!

  25. simonator917 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:46 PM

    L.A. isn’t going broke and the state is not going to be split up.

    But as far as the NFL building a stadium in L.A. with their own money, I’ll believe it when I see it. IDK Maybe the NFL leaders want to take advantage of our excellent, early–February weather?

  26. chaney13 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:50 PM

    Given their history, I’m thinking if the NFL owns the stadium in LA, then the Raiders definitely WILL NOT be moving there.

    In addition to the super bowl rotation, the pro bowl would also likely rotate between LA & Hawaii

    Also, just because the NFL owned the stadium wouldn’t mean they wouldn’t be looking for significant state funding assistance (a/k/a corporate welfare)

  27. thepedestrianoff says: Jul 19, 2014 10:55 PM

    `Congress will have to ok it. Don’t think so.`

  28. GenXJay says: Jul 19, 2014 11:17 PM

    wtf. so, if understanding this right, a draft site in LA its more possible than having an actual home team…you suck LA

  29. fjtardy says: Jul 19, 2014 11:36 PM

    Don’t worry east coast football fans. It’s just another smoke screen… similar to peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. You don’t have to worry that hated Los Angeles might get a team.

  30. jmc8888 says: Jul 20, 2014 12:04 AM

    So everybody else has to pay for their stadium but LA gets theirs for free?

    Also if the league pays for it, does this money count as owner revenue per the CBA? I’m sure players don’t want their salaries lowered to pay for a LA stadium.

    It’s pretty sad that the league would bend over for LA, which of course is a much bigger region then just LA proper which could decide to fund a stadium. If none of these locales in the LA region want to build a stadium, then they shouldn’t have a team.

    Of course the flip side is, if they build one for LA, just about every team and owner at some point is going to want the NFL to build them a new stadium. Good luck NFL. You ready to build a new stadium in Oakland, San Diego, Buffalo, etc, etc?

  31. waitstop says: Jul 20, 2014 12:13 AM

    The “tax payer dollars” everyone likes to their a fit about isn’t a tax on the average citizen. It’s mostly an raise on transient guest (hotel) taxes. Every city does it to pay for something similar, although, maybe, not quite as big. A well run stadium can be a boon to the local economy, it’s not just used for 8-10 NFL games every year. There are college teams that could use it, bowl games, concerts, etc.

  32. reptar310 says: Jul 20, 2014 1:28 AM

    Build a stadium at Hollywood Park next to the old Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. It makes more sense than any other location in the Greater Los Angeles area.

  33. gadgetking2010 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:03 AM

    Did you notice how they talk about OWNING a stadium and not necessarily PAYING for a stadium??

  34. floratiotime says: Jul 20, 2014 4:16 AM

    I thought the taxpayers had to pay for all stadiums? Nothing socialist about that.

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 20, 2014 5:55 AM

    Any NFL team in LA will play second fiddle to USC football.

  36. ccc23454 says: Jul 20, 2014 6:58 AM

    Jacksonville goes to London, raiders and rams go back to LA and share a stadium deal. that’s the long term plan for NFL like it or not….

  37. finz4eva says: Jul 20, 2014 7:58 AM

    Well its a better idea putting a team in LA than putting a team in London. I wonder why Baddell wants a London team anyway? Putting a team in London is just dumb.

  38. coachbeck says: Jul 20, 2014 8:17 AM

    Super Bowl in LA every year would be great.

  39. steves11 says: Jul 20, 2014 9:19 AM

    I was happy as a clam when the Rams left LA. That meant I could see more Eagles games on TV. We don’t need another new stadium where the NFL can keep their cameras trained on celebrities sitting in the best seats.

  40. ytownjoe says: Jul 20, 2014 9:28 AM

    Will the new stadium have water fountains? With water?

  41. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 20, 2014 9:52 AM

    Hadn’t the NFL tried the L.A. thing a couple times before? They had their chance and you insist on another city give to somewhere worthy.

  42. stompout36 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:17 AM

    So much ignorance. LA doesn’t have a team because UNLIKE so many smaller insecure towns, they WILL NOT provide tax money for a stadium. Sounds like a bunch of people are hating on LA because its such a worthwhile market that the NFL is willing to make it happen. If you don’t like here’s a solution, move to L.A. or New York and stop complaining. And while your at it, BRING BACK THE L.A. RAMS!!!!!

  43. xinellum says: Jul 20, 2014 11:21 AM

    They can host their own Super Bowls, host their own pro bowls, they can put in an area to host the draft, without an LA team they can make teams come and play there like they do in London and Canada, it can be a training camp location for a team, etc… I think it is a great idea and it should be built to accommodate the things I listed and probably a million more I didn’t think about. What is the saying, build it and they will come?

  44. rajbais says: Jul 20, 2014 11:54 AM

    This is a good idea. They need to have the Raiders face the chargers in Los Angeles.

    To market the football Brand in Los Angeles more the NFL should have the Dallas Cowboys go there and play games. The two favorite teams in Los Angeles are the Raiders and then the Cowboys.

  45. joseffar says: Jul 20, 2014 12:28 PM

    Ha! We held fast, and ignored the bully tactics that the NFL used in an attempt to get us to subsidize the staduium. We don’t need the NFL to feel good about ourselves as a city.

    If other cities would do the same thing then they woudln’t have to give taxpayer money to billionaires.

    I love me some NFL, would love to see a team here but if we don’t have one it also means we never get blacked out. Not that it’s really an issue with all of the digital streams available.

    Which brings up another rant, with digital streaming available why is the NFL so slow to embrace it ? They could sell individual games, team packages, confreneces as well as the the current 199 for every game package. When it comes to embracing digital technology Goodell and the rest of the NFL is acting like a cluless grandparent.

  46. simonator917 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:21 PM

    L.A. is a frontrunner town in every sport, everyone loves the kings now, yet no one can name anyone on the roster
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    Well now, aren’t we just a tad bitter that Los Angeles has become THE city of champions?

    Even though we haven’t had a team here for twenty years Los Angeles has as many Super Bowl championships as the Jets, the Chiefs, Indianopolis Colts, Bears, Buccaneers, Rams, and Seahawks.

    What’s more, even though we haven’t had a team here for twenty years Los Angeles has more Super Bowl championships than the Bengals, Browns, Bills, Chargers, Titans, Jaguars, Texans, Lions, Vikings, Eagles, Cardinals, Falcons, and Panthers COMBINED!

  47. simonator917 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:12 PM

    So everybody else has to pay for their stadium but LA gets theirs for free?
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    It’s not our fault the rest of the country continually acts against their own interests. Just because the rest of the country gives into the NFL extortion tactics doesn’t mean we have to.

    The people in Miami seem to be wising regarding the NFL. If the billionaire Dolphins owner wants to upgrade his stadium, great, have at it. Knock yourself out! But they’re not footing the bill for it, nor should they!

    It is absolutely mind boggling to me the way working people are always willing to throw their hard-earned money at billionaires.

    L.A. is already home to NFL Network and is the entertainment capitol of the world. If the NFL wants to be part of the entertainment culture over here they’re going to have to buy their way in, just like any other franchise that wants to do business here.

  48. granadafan says: Jul 21, 2014 12:09 PM

    No other business in the world demands that cities and taxpayers pay for their work places that sit empty the vast majority of the year. Big corporations contribute much more to local economies in TAXES, employ hundreds with real salaries and not just minimum wage (stadium workers), and use the site every day instead of a few Sundays a year. They don’t demand the locals pay for their skyscrapers just because they’re creating jobs.

    Eff the greedy NFL.

  49. roknsoul says: Jul 21, 2014 3:12 PM

    #LARAMS2015 #INGLEWOOD

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