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Kraft wants L.A. team within 2-3 years

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When it comes to talking about putting franchises in London or Los Angeles, the league routinely creates a sense of urgency that, when it comes to acting on it, doesn’t seem to actually exist.

Appearing Friday on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that a return to L.A. “within the next two to three years . . . would be in everybody’s best interest.”

The problem continues to be finding a stadium solution that is in the best interests of the NFL and the local interest that would be involved in building a stadium and buying all or part of a relocated team.  For years, it’s been believed that the NFL won’t make a deal to return to the NFL unless it’s the right deal, which the ongoing lack of a deal to return to L.A. would seem to confirm.

“We’ve gone a generation — almost 20 years — without a team in L.A.,” Kraft said, via SportsBusiness Daily.  “We have a generation of young people growing up not really branded and tied to a team. I think that kind of passion only comes when you have a team you can root for, and I think it’s very important.”

Kraft, who said he’d like to see two teams return to Los Angeles, hinted at one point about ESPN eventually televising a Monday Night Football game “from downtown L.A.,” a reference to the dormant-if-not-dead AEG proposal to build a stadium near Staples Center.  Whether an idle comment or deliberate, finding a location for a stadium continues to be one of the biggest challenges.

“It’s complicated, because L.A. is a [big] market, the weather is great, you have so many choices,” Kraft said.  “So we need to make sure we have ownership that’s passionate about the game, really feel that the franchise is one of the most important things in their life.  Then we’ve got to get the right venue.  Having the right venue is so critical because I don’t think we’ll get fans in the L.A. market to come if it’s not really special.”

Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times recently reported that the right venue could be a venue built and owned by the NFL.  Whatever the solution, there continues to be plenty of talk about returning to Los Angeles and expanding to London, but no action.

That doesn’t mean quick action isn’t possible, especially with the two teams that left L.A. in 1995 — the Raiders and the Rams — now operating on year-to-year leases.

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126 Responses to “Kraft wants L.A. team within 2-3 years”
  1. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 26, 2014 8:09 AM

    Does this guy ever shut up?

  2. olcap says: Jul 26, 2014 8:12 AM

    Kraft wants a team in London; Kraft wants a team in LA. Are we talking about the NFL or the NKL?

    Oh, and don’t forget the poor guy was duped by Aaron Hernandez.

  3. shackdelrio says: Jul 26, 2014 8:12 AM

    NFL NIMBY owners.

    They want teams in LA and London.

    Just not theirs.

  4. olcap says: Jul 26, 2014 8:13 AM

    Did everyone know that there’s a NKL in Israel? I don’t think it’s called The National Kraft League, but I thinkit’s called the Kraft Football League or something. Look it up.

  5. thehuckster404 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:15 AM

    The only thing worse than this idea would be giving Donald Sterling ownership.

  6. caldwellsinnerstache says: Jul 26, 2014 8:15 AM

    “We have a generation of young people growing up not really branded and tied to a team. I think that kind of passion only comes when you have a team you can root for, and I think it’s very important.”

    So stealing some other young generations home team is the answer? Why don’t you move the Pats if it is so important.

  7. tvjules says: Jul 26, 2014 8:17 AM

    As long as L.A. stands for Los Angeles and NOT London Arena, fine.

  8. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 26, 2014 8:17 AM

    Maybe Kraft can convince God-dell to pull his head out of his backside and get at least 1 team in LA. At least the govt of LA is smart enough to stiff arm the Mafia Like arrangements the NFL tries to pull on everyone in getting all these Stadiums built with minimal requirements on ownership and holding cities and taxpayers hostage for these arrangements.

  9. scoreatwill says: Jul 26, 2014 8:17 AM

    Yes, put a team in LA but you better be sure that it is a top tier team. This market will not support a 6-10 or 5-11 team. There are to many other entertainment options available and constant traffic congestion will not help the situation. If this is such a great market why did the Raiders & Rams leave in the first place?

  10. bucsorbust says: Jul 26, 2014 8:19 AM

    Let’s call it like it is. 2-3 years is Kraft’s “best interest” not everyone else’s, because Kraft is getting on in years and seems to want to see this happen in his lifetime. As a season ticket holder for the Bucs, I’m definitely not willing to subsidize a stadium for another city, especially a city that should easily handle its own stadium if the city and its leadership really wanted a team. And the track record shows they do not. So end this nonsense.

  11. kwickett85 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:19 AM

    You’re more than welcome to move the Patriots.

  12. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 26, 2014 8:21 AM

    Can someone please stick a mic in this guy’s face when he isn’t loaded?

    People in LA don’t like sports. They only go to Lakers games to be seen. Look at the seats at the NASCAR races they run there. They are half empty from lousy ticket sales and the ‘fans’ who do show up choose to hang out underneath the grandstands because they are afraid of sunlight.

  13. upstaterules says: Jul 26, 2014 8:23 AM

    Better start talking about expansion Robert. You wouldn’t want to tarnish that “Brand”, and that is exactly what you will do by moving another team.

  14. jimmysee says: Jul 26, 2014 8:25 AM

    Another country heard from.

    How about the LA Patriots.

  15. canetic says: Jul 26, 2014 8:29 AM

    The Los Angeles Patriots. I like the sound of that.

  16. bucsorbust says: Jul 26, 2014 8:30 AM

    Kraft also says: “It’s complicated, because L.A. is a [big] market, the weather is great, you have so many choices.” Welcome to the modern era. It’s that way everywhere. One of the competing things in Florida markets are outdoor rec/water sports year round. People can watch the highlights on NFL Redzone while also being out boating, waterskiing, or fishing….or on the trails….or out in the woods. L.A. has a huge population that should not be a consideration there. Meanwhile, Kraft leaves the smaller markets with the same complexities to fend for themselves? Not buying it. L.A. does NOT deserve an NFL team. If they do, buy it and maintain it using L.A. funds.

  17. bigdawg24 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:33 AM

    Then move the Patriots to LA. Otherwise, shut up.

  18. jimr10 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:33 AM

    THE commissioner has spoken.. and his initials are not R.G.

  19. bucsorbust says: Jul 26, 2014 8:34 AM

    All the rich ownership and NFL executive stiffs are trying to do their bucket lists and cement some sort of legacies, and they expect us who scrape to buy tickets support our teams in smaller metro areas to go along with it. Team in L.A.; team in London; sell to Bon Jovi. No way.

  20. emma333 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:37 AM

    Those comments were pretty annoying to fans of small market teams..Implication being, you’re not important….the children in your city, that cheer for your team don’t count..because LA deserves a team..No, Kraft…move the Patriots there if it’s so important to you.

  21. dirtyhelmet says: Jul 26, 2014 8:40 AM

    Sounds like good timing to put the packers there. “Historic” lambeau will be getting beyond what the band-aids can hold together anymore and we all know that cow-town can’t finance a new facility. Rodgers will be washed up and the band wagon “fans” will fade into the wood work. They’re actually the perfect candidate.

  22. rtmus53 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:41 AM

    maybe he should move his team,then….

  23. jimnaizeeum says: Jul 26, 2014 8:43 AM

    The Chargers are about 120 miles up the road…already closer than most to an NFL team

  24. tooz72 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:44 AM

    so basically, Rog and Bob are running the NFL

  25. wryly1 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:45 AM

    In virtually every other NFL market, the team has leverage over the city to the extent that billionaire owners can demand public money to build them a billion dollar stadium at taxpayer expense. They have no such leverage in LA – which is why there hasn’t been any team there for 20 years – and also why the ones who were there moved out.

  26. 700levelvet says: Jul 26, 2014 8:46 AM

    Krafts a pimp… Just like any NFL owner

  27. billswillnevermove says: Jul 26, 2014 8:48 AM

    England Patriots sounds good to me.

  28. djdvd says: Jul 26, 2014 8:50 AM

    If you want one so bad relocate the Patriots. Oh that won’t work for you? Thought so.

  29. Magyver says: Jul 26, 2014 8:50 AM

    “Within”.

  30. patriots123456 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:50 AM

    I’m getting a little sick of Kraft’s big mouth…

    Worry about MA Mr. Kraft…

    If LA & London are so important to you, sell the Patriots and go there…

    And I’m a Patriots fan…

  31. coloradofort says: Jul 26, 2014 8:51 AM

    Great…..so move the Patriots there….

  32. tallguyme says: Jul 26, 2014 8:53 AM

    LA should have a team. London, not so much.

  33. paleandpasty says: Jul 26, 2014 8:55 AM

    The L.A. Patriots sounds great to me.

  34. gayforbrady says: Jul 26, 2014 8:56 AM

    At some point there are not going to be enough quality players to be able to sustain the level of play that you expect to see when you watch football.

    Look how many teams have really sucked for years:

    Washington
    Buffalo
    Miami
    Oakland
    Dallas
    Cleveland
    Tennessee
    Jacksonville

    And some of these teams are major markets with huge money behind them.

    The problem is talent. There is only so much top level talent to go around.

    The league is perfect with 32 teams.

  35. kwgator says: Jul 26, 2014 8:57 AM

    Kraft looks like an Oompa-Loompa

  36. coachbeck says: Jul 26, 2014 8:59 AM

    Move the patriots. Done deal.

  37. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 26, 2014 9:01 AM

    Isn’t this the same owner that complained about having to fly to the west coast twice in the same season?
    Now we have a crazy rule so teams don’t play at Oakland and at San Diego in the same season.

    If your ideas are not consistent then your logic and reasoning are flawed.

  38. blogatron2000 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:02 AM

    Appearing Friday on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that a return to L.A. “within the next two to three years . . . would be in everybody’s best interest.”

    The everybody he referenced…that would that be the other 31 current owners whose best interest is a bigger pot to split. It’s certainly not in the fans best interest. LA has demonstrated more than once that they are a hoops town so it isn’t about those fans either.

  39. dryzzt23 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:03 AM

    You want a team in LA? Move the Patriots there then.

    We do NOT need 5-6 of the 32 NFL teams on the left coast. The NFL will be doomed by political correctness.

  40. leninthebuff says: Jul 26, 2014 9:04 AM

    Posts by caldwellsinnerstache and bucsorbust hit the nail on the head…as far as I’m concerned if the NFL wants a team in LA then add two expansion teams and pick another AMERICAN city…screw CANADA and EUROPE!!!!

  41. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 26, 2014 9:09 AM

    They cannot be expansion teams because the quality of play on the field will only get worse as lesser players are allowed into the league.

    Right now at least 25% of the teams have dog crap QB’s that are unworthy of the NFL!!

    Jaguars at Bills
    vikings at Raiders
    Redskins at Tampa Bay
    Browns at Titans

    Who will tune in for all the bad games?
    Only those forced to watch the local team instead of the big game that week?

    Stop lowering the quality of the NFL by expansion!! They should get rid of about 4 teams and the worst 200 players in the league.

  42. joeloj says: Jul 26, 2014 9:12 AM

    Having the right venue is critical to get the LA fans to come….that says it all. If they were so passionate about the game, it wouldn’t be so much about the venue. This is all about TV revenue.

  43. zuzus petals says: Jul 26, 2014 9:16 AM

    I’m a card carrying PATS fan and I have always had the utmost respect for Robert Kraft and his family and all that he has done for the Patriots. That said– I am really tired of all the expansion talk…. I absolutely tie his comments about LA team(S!) with the Europe expansion vision.
    Football is such a great sport. I’m sitting here on a Saturday morning reading everything I can about training camp…. WHY can’t it be enough? WHY do Mr. Kraft (and his fellow owners) insist on diluting the talent to the point that a team like the Patriots will no longer be able to exist?

  44. dejadoh says: Jul 26, 2014 9:18 AM

    If you think about the current NFL ownership (and don’t extend this to the families with generational ownership) only 9 would have had the experience of their teams playing against the Raiders and Rams in LA/Anaheim. Kraft never experienced it. By 1990 there had been a significant demographic shift in those attending games in LA (it went from professional/families to gangs). The LA Metro market is huge. Blackouts in all of So Cal were ridiculous and the fans turned on teams (mostly the Midwest transplants who support their own teams): nobody wants to watch the 4-11 Rams when there was a better game broadcast to the nation. The LA market could support 3 or 4 teams. Give two to the gangs, the rest to the fans.

  45. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 26, 2014 9:21 AM

    I’m really, really sick of hearing about where this guys wants teams. Just pick whichever city you want a team in the most and move your team there. It’s just that simple. Otherwise shut up about it.

  46. i, flounder says: Jul 26, 2014 9:25 AM

    a large percentage of people in los angeles were the people who were bullied by the jocks in high school. they aren’t interested in football.

  47. uglydingo says: Jul 26, 2014 9:27 AM

    Please go back to the cheese factory

  48. bucsorbust says: Jul 26, 2014 9:29 AM

    L.A. is hurting. They deserve a team. It’s only a few bucks out of fans pockets to help them realize their dreams. Everyone gets to enjoy Hollywood and the movies made in L.A. Now here’s a chance to give something back.

  49. tigerlilac says: Jul 26, 2014 9:36 AM

    This thread reeks of Patriots envy. Kraft states a common sense business view from the perspective of an NFL owner the you-know-what hits the fan. Kraft has an outstanding record of ownership, as a team and as a businessman. He used very little public money to build Gillette Stadium while most cities (and politicians) lavished money on much weaker teams and owners. Mock him all you want but he was a fan first and here is his record as owner:
    Year Purchased: 1994
    Price Paid: $172 M
    Current Value: $2 B
    Super Bowl Championships: 3

  50. nflpoker says: Jul 26, 2014 9:41 AM

    In the picture, doesn’t it look like those two are about to kiss each other??

  51. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jul 26, 2014 9:44 AM

    The NFL is becoming very obnoxious. I think this sport may be at a peak.

    p.s.- If you want an NFL use PRIVATE money and build it yourself. No more crony-capitalism please in a country with a 18 TRILLION dollar debt and California mismanaged into near bankruptcy.

  52. happywolverine says: Jul 26, 2014 9:46 AM

    Hey Krafty.

    The rest of us want fair officiating when we play the Patriots. No more of these phanton pass interference calls for Brady.

    Too much to ask?

  53. urlacher54 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:49 AM

    Pretty sure he said the same thing last year.

    “Old man yells at cloud”

    is what this article should be called.

  54. beachsidejames says: Jul 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    I bet Kraft would like his superbowl ring back from Putin too.

  55. zuzus petals says: Jul 26, 2014 9:53 AM

    The response your seeing is NOT Patriots envy, I’m a PATS fan!
    It’s because I love football that I am so opposed to the idea of expansion to ANY city. They aren’t talking about moving teams (which I also hate to see) they are talking about creating teams, and diluting the talent pool significantly.

    No one is debating Mr. Kraft’s past success. We’re questioning his assertion that expansion is good for anyone but the owners and several hundred future players that otherwise would not be ‘NFL caliber.’

  56. Canyonero says: Jul 26, 2014 10:00 AM

    In other words Kraft wants to make even more money.

    The NFL is absolutely thriving without a team in LA. The only ones who want a team there are the owners and the NFL itself.

    Look at the #1 reason they always give: “It’s a huge media market.” What does that have to do with the GAME??

  57. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    LOL at anyone giving any value to Kraft

    this “I was duped” guy prefers to be thought dumb vs being the corrupt unethical tool he is

    this guy was also advocating for London

    he cares nothing about football outside making money

    he is protected and propped up by Goodell but this is one man who should not have a voice

  58. sclazo says: Jul 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    Move the jets to LA. Why have two New Jersey teams?

  59. 6ball says: Jul 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    .
    Bob Kraft is held in high regard by his fellow owners. He’s respected by the traditionalist franchisees like the Steelers, as well as neo- owners like Jerry Jones. He’s never espoused a anti small market bias.

    With that said, Kraft is a key player on the TV and expansion committees chosen by the league. He will always be out front on these issues.
    .

  60. stpetejohnny says: Jul 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    That Kraft is such a funny guy eh….but to people that are saying he should move the Pats there….you are just kidding of course, right? New England is the richest part of the country and he makes more money there then he could ever make in LA.

  61. talkingheadsknowall says: Jul 26, 2014 10:06 AM

    I would love to see the Raiders in a new stadium in LA – Rams Too!! It’s how I grew up, The Anaheim Rams and the LA Raiders

  62. belicheckisgod says: Jul 26, 2014 10:12 AM

    I’m a Pats fan and Kraft is one of the better owners in the league, but I agree with many of you: Shut up already about LA and London! I’m beginning to think he’s a part of the NFL Front Office, he’s always lobbying for something. Go drink your 100 year old scotch and watch the games like the rest of us fans. If another owner wants to move a team so be it but it’s not the job of Kraft to make it happen.

  63. stewart09 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:25 AM

    Sure if it’s a expansion team but don’t point the finger of death to one of the other 31 teams when you know that LA only loves winners and only a established franchise would work devastating their original fanbase. So we will find out if tradition and cultural win out vs money and we all know which the NFL loves the most….

  64. urbusted2 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:28 AM

    If LA wanted a team so bad, why didn’t they keep the other ones they let go? Hey, let’s get a team in Boston. They don’t have one either.

  65. binkystevens says: Jul 26, 2014 10:28 AM

    MF loves to attack the Packers’ public ownership structure–but you know what, as a non-profit entity, at least we don’t have some blow hard owner like Kraft or Jones focused solely on maximizing revenues. Who cares what Forbes values your team at? Maybe more teams should be structured like the Pack

  66. howiehandles says: Jul 26, 2014 10:29 AM

    Two teams, yeah, that makes sense. Seeing how they lost the two previous ones.

  67. billbrasky72 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:32 AM

    I want a lot of things too.

  68. omgyounoobie says: Jul 26, 2014 10:35 AM

    LA tax payers aren’t gonna foot the bill for a stadium. This has been the situation for a long time now and will not change. If owners want a team here they are gonna have to find someone who is willing to pay for it.

    Its rare that I hear someone locally talking about the lack of a football team. Its at the point now where people have gone their entire lives in the LA area without a team. They have become fans of other cities teams and that’s fine given the accessibility of games on TV.

    If you want a team here, great! Foot the bill yourself.

  69. fissels says: Jul 26, 2014 10:44 AM

    Won’t work. LA fans don’t support football.

  70. 2cmorgan says: Jul 26, 2014 10:48 AM

    If he wants a team in LA so ad he needs to move his team there!

  71. jpaq68 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:49 AM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Jul 26, 2014 8:48 AM
    England Patriots sounds good to me.
    ________________________
    What? No crack about the Jaguars? So un-troll like of you. I’m disappointed.

  72. jville808 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:52 AM

    L.A., yes. London, no. That’s such an absurd idea. You’d think these millionaires/billionaires who (most of them) made some great business choices to get where they are would see the all downside from a London team…logistics being the most glaring one. It’ll water down the league. It will fail. Obviously these rich owners and Goodell are only seeing the immediate dollar signs. Their greed is going to kill this league if they don’t take a step back and look at the long term effects of a team overseas. Rethink and reboot NFL Europe if you want the NFL over there.

  73. macker1283 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:01 AM

    Its amazing to me that a sport as popular as the NFL still has cities like San Diego, Buffalo, and Jacksonville with teams and they can’t even sell out their stadiums. Buffalo is hard pressed sell out playoff games. How about thinking outside of the box and putting some teams in areas of the country where the population might be smaller but football passion is through the roof. Alabama, Nebraska, Iowa, Idaho etc. You have small time college towns who can sell out 100,000 seat stadiums every saturday, but you can’t get a NFL fan base who can sell out 8 games a year?

  74. orthomarine says: Jul 26, 2014 11:10 AM

    And I want better cheese

  75. ez4u2sa says: Jul 26, 2014 11:10 AM

    I can’t go along with Kraft when he talks about London but having a NFL franchise is the largest population center in the country makes sense. Instead of making stupid remarks like ‘NKL League’ some people ought to pay more attention to one of the more astute and successful owners in the league.

  76. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 11:15 AM

    I consider “I was duped” to be the least ethical owner in the league.. I would not trust him one bit to be thinking of anything but personal gain… just like Goodell

  77. ghostofgilchrist says: Jul 26, 2014 11:18 AM

    “I don’t think we’ll get fans in the L.A. market to come if it’s not really special.”

    He makes the argument, then shoots down his own case. The great NFL fans of LA will only show up if the team plays in a palace.

  78. travishenrykid says: Jul 26, 2014 11:37 AM

    Kraft said. “So we need to make sure we have ownership that’s passionate about the game, really feel that the franchise is one of the most important things in their life.”

    That eliminates Kroenke

  79. mtrhead269 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:42 AM

    L.A. will have their team. Only a matter of time until Mark Davis moves the Raiders back to L.A. Oakland will continue to stiff the raiders and force the move.

  80. rutchaser says: Jul 26, 2014 11:52 AM

    Why don’t you care about the poor kids in Kentucky not having a team to root for?

  81. deadlevelbest says: Jul 26, 2014 11:52 AM

    LOL @ the idiot who thinks that Buffalo doesn’t sell out.

  82. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 12:01 PM

    I want Kraft and Goodell out of the league in 1 year…. shouldn’t there be a compromise here?

  83. GenXJay says: Jul 26, 2014 12:05 PM

    lemme guess, Kraft has a high dollar buddy in L.A.

  84. reed83 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:16 PM

    Then move your team!

  85. billsfan1 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:16 PM

    I bet he wouldn’t talk so much crap with Putin hanging around.
    But seriously who is this everybody that he is referencing. Why doesn’t Krapp have his boy Jon Bon jovi try for a team in LA.

    And please don’t reference everybody when we shouldn’t just assume Terry Pegula will desire a team in LA.

  86. justwinbaby29 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:22 PM

    All commissioners answer to the owners but Goodell is a complete puppet. He does whatever they tell him and doesn’t stand up and reign them in for the good of the game when needed.

  87. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jul 26, 2014 12:24 PM

    Forget how storied the Packers franchise is, or how many championships they have. The absolute BEST part of being a Packers fan is not ever having to listen to or defend loud-mouthed idiot owners like Mr. Kraft.

  88. ghost26 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:35 PM

    justwinbaby29 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:22 PM

    All commissioners answer to the owners but Goodell is a complete puppet. He does whatever they tell him and doesn’t stand up and reign them in for the good of the game when needed.

    Justwinbaby,

    No question about it which is why Goodell, Kraft, & Jerry Jones all sound exactly the same.

  89. olcap says: Jul 26, 2014 12:43 PM

    billswillnevermove says: Jul 26, 2014 8:48 AM

    England Patriots sounds good to me.
    ——

    +1000

  90. olcap says: Jul 26, 2014 12:48 PM

    justwinbaby29 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:22 PM

    All commissioners answer to the owners but Goodell is a complete puppet. He does whatever they tell him and doesn’t stand up and reign them in for the good of the game when needed.
    ——

    He grew up the son of a senator, never was exposed to real life situations or hardships, and learned from his father the way of becoming a good “yes” man.

  91. badmoonrison says: Jul 26, 2014 12:49 PM

    Goodell and Kraft look like they are about to kiss in that picture…

  92. archersofmtdoom says: Jul 26, 2014 12:52 PM

    Tell me again, why is there nothing suspicious about a man of Kraft’s magnitude being so involved in the league & also having one of the most successful franchises of the last 15 years?

  93. mlovefootball1 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:33 PM

    Wow, I really mean wow!!! Can’t believe that I am actually hearing what’s best for business from non business owners. Knock Robert Kraft all you want, the man knows what he’s talking about plain and simple. And when the Patriots knock your team from either playoff contention or knocks them out of the playoffs we’ll soon here more fans bashing quotes

  94. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:45 PM

    Hate to disappoint you Pats haters, but the team that gets moved to LA won’t be a teams that’s had 15+ years of consecutive sellouts and something like 50,000 people on the wait list for season tix.

    It will be a bottom feeder team and not the Pats.

    Kraft is one of the singular best owners in sports and is the only NFL owner to finance his own stadium.

  95. hotpapa63 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:58 PM

    The whole reason the Owners want 2 teams in LA is because they can get 2 billion per team in TV revenue. Greedy owners! Living out here they would never get any local tax voted for financing a Stadium. Since it’s so expensive to live out here, it would cost 1.5 billion for a stadium to be built. No owner is going to put that up! So unless the League is willing to finance most of it, with trying to recoup through future Superbowls being awarded? Then there will not be a team there anytime soon. That’s reality folks!

  96. chargerdillon says: Jul 26, 2014 2:22 PM

    Simple question….. if Kraft wants a team in LA….. and it’s in everybodys best interest…. why not move the Patriots to LA?

    Is Robert Kraft really telling other billionaires how to spend their money and what’s in “everybodys” best interest while really doing nothing about it.

    The only best interest this clown is looking out for is his own.

  97. corvusrex96 says: Jul 26, 2014 2:33 PM

    Unless Kraft is moving the pats he really needs to shut up. It is crap to keep rehashing a list of teams potentially moving. I guess if the soulless owners keep saying that a team is moving to LA then the average mouth breathing fan begins to think that it “just makes sense” unless of course it is your favorite team.

  98. unlimitedcriticism says: Jul 26, 2014 2:37 PM

    archersofmtdoom says:
    Jul 26, 2014 12:52 PM
    Tell me again, why is there nothing suspicious about a man of Kraft’s magnitude being so involved in the league & also having one of the most successful franchises of the last 15 years?
    ——–
    Jerry Jones called. He points out that his team has sucked for two decades, despite his involvement in league affairs.

  99. fazzle1 says: Jul 26, 2014 2:54 PM

    Robert Kraft owns an NFL team.

    Robert Kraft wants an NFL team in Los Angeles.

    Seems like if he wanted it bad enough he could have it.

  100. gammynomnom says: Jul 26, 2014 2:55 PM

    why is anyone supposed to care what Robert Kraft thinks?

  101. gammynomnom says: Jul 26, 2014 2:58 PM

    ——–
    Jerry Jones called. He points out that his team has sucked for two decades, despite his involvement in league affairs.

    ______________________________

    There is a huge difference. Jerry Jones has been kicking the league office in the shins for twenty years, Robert Kraft has been kissing its badge.

  102. gammynomnom says: Jul 26, 2014 3:01 PM

    Also with the pats being a small market team who GETS profit sharing, and LA being a big market team that GIVES profit sharing, yea we can see why it’s in Krafts best interest.

  103. gammynomnom says: Jul 26, 2014 3:01 PM

    Also with the pats being a small market team who GETS profit sharing, and LA being a big market team that GIVES profit sharing, yea we can see why it’s in Krafts best interest.

  104. bullcharger says: Jul 26, 2014 3:04 PM

    sclazo says:
    Jul 26, 2014 10:04 AM
    Move the jets to LA. Why have two New Jersey teams?

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    Maybe they could win a division in LA… Probably not.

  105. firerogergoodell says: Jul 26, 2014 3:09 PM

    Lol wow! There is a lot of hate for the best owner in the league. I’m a Vikings fan that lives in LA and I couldn’t agree more with Kraft. I wish Zygi Wilf was half the owner that Robert is. Must be a lot of Jags and Bills fans in here. Who could honestly defend a franchise in Jacksonville but be opposed to one in Los Angeles? It’s the 2nd biggest market in our country!

  106. rajbais says: Jul 26, 2014 3:13 PM

    Then do it. Even the LA Times has “deal fatigue.”

  107. lunarpie says: Jul 26, 2014 3:14 PM

    LOS ANGELES RAIDERS

  108. bencoates57 says: Jul 26, 2014 3:55 PM

    Why not Tuscaloosa?

  109. critter69 says: Jul 26, 2014 4:00 PM

    ‘gammynomnom’ wrote:
    “. . . pats being a small market team. . . .”

    Actually, ‘gammy’, the Patriots are in the 7 largest media market in the US. The six markets larger are:
    1. New York
    2. Los Angeles
    3. Chicago
    4. Philadelphia
    5. Dallas-Ft. Worth
    6. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
    7. Boston

    The other NFL teams are in smaller media markets, some MUCH smaller. For instance, the Green Bay-Appleton market is considered the 70th largest media market in the US; Pittsburgh the 23rd largest; Denver the 18th; etc.

    The city of Boston may be small in population in comparison to some other cities, but the metro area (aka media market, aka television market) is not small. Similar to Washington, DC. DC has a population of less than 650,000, but the metro area (aka media market, aka television market) is about 4.5 million.

  110. Dogsweat says: Jul 26, 2014 4:01 PM

    1. Rams 2. Raiders

  111. crush22 says: Jul 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    Kraft ***

  112. briang123 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:02 PM

    If you had told me right after the Raiders and Rams left there would be no team in LA 20 years later, I’d have laughed my butt off and bet you everything I had there would have been a team there within 2 years.

  113. kwjsb says: Jul 26, 2014 5:21 PM

    Is Mr. Kraft telegraphing his intentions for the L.A. Patriots?

  114. hanklin89 says: Jul 26, 2014 5:53 PM

    Then move your football team to London or LA if you are so confident it would go over so well, nobody would care either way.

  115. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 5:59 PM

    Kraft is IMO, the least ethical of all owners… but very much under protection of Goodell

    neither has fans interest.. only lining own pockets

  116. belicheathater says: Jul 26, 2014 6:12 PM

    I hate them both.

  117. wny49er says: Jul 26, 2014 7:23 PM

    Krafts just talking again to make his team relevant. They have not won a superbowl in ten year without cheating. His team is on the downside as is Brady. He needs to figure out how to make his team great again instead of trying to get a team in LA and London.

  118. turfczar57 says: Jul 26, 2014 7:33 PM

    Aren’t they standing just a little too close in that picture? Both smiling and you can’t see their hands.
    Hmmmm?

  119. raiderapologist says: Jul 26, 2014 9:54 PM

    Move your team or shut your hole.

  120. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 26, 2014 9:56 PM

    1) The stadiums in the LA area, The Coliseum built for the Olympics. and the Rose Bowl can seat over 100K people. Too large for the NFL.

    2) Both stadiums were built before WWII and don’t have a nerdy internet connection to every seat (aren’t people there to watch the game?)

    3) Taxpayers don’t see the justification of building another expensive little used stadium to make the NFL owners more money.

    4) LA gets to watch the best games now. The NFL gets excellent television ratings in Los Angeles. Why would LA area residents want a crappy team blocking their access to the best of the NFL?

    5) The NFL is not serious. If the NFL really wanted to be in Los Angeles, they would play a Super Bowl there or Pro Bowl or even an exhibition game. They could have easily moved the vikings there but realized it is easier to buffalo Minnesota politicians than LA and California ones.

    6) London cannot be taken seriously when there is no team in Los Angeles. Both are just noisy hot air for politicians, not reality.

  121. babygaga19 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:58 PM

    I know, lets move the Raiders back to LA! It worked so well the first time.

  122. babygaga19 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:08 PM

    Split the country in half, starting with the eastern border of Kansas. There are 5 NFL teams west of there. Before Goodell gets London, he needs to realize there is a lot of untapped spots in the western US!

  123. nascent22 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:00 AM

    Getting a team in LA has not been a problem…it’s been KEEPING a team in LA. The Rams and Raiders both got the hell out…and considering the Raiders went to OAKLAND of all places…

  124. tigerlilac says: Jul 27, 2014 5:44 AM

    One more point about Kraft. He single handedly stopped James “Busch” Orthwein from moving the Patriots out of New England to St. Louis. He owned the stadium, blocking Orthwein’s planned move, then bought the franchise, and kept the team in New England. The guy is an NFL hero.

  125. chazatlas says: Jul 27, 2014 11:15 AM

    We need a Spring/Summer, NFL Minor League more than a London franchise.

  126. macker1283 says: Jul 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    LOL @ the idiot who thinks that Buffalo doesn’t sell out.
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    Google Buffalo Bills black out and see how many things come up.

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