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If Chargers and Raiders share stadium, one would likely move to NFC

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In the wake of the shocking announcement from the Raiders and Chargers that the teams currently are pursuing a joint stadium plan in Carson, California, some additional information is trickling out.

Per the same league source who told PFT in October that the NFL intends to return to L.A. within 12-24 months, a shared stadium by the Chargers and Raiders means that one of the teams likely would move to the NFC.

The current thinking is that the Raiders would be the most likely of the two to leave for the NFC West.  The question then becomes which of the NFC West teams would move to the AFC West.

The Seahawks belonged to the AFC West from 1977 through 2001, but the early rumor/expectation is that the Rams or Cardinals would change conferences, with the Seahawks and 49ers staying put.

Of course, this all hinges on the Chargers-Raiders alliance securing the ability to move to Carson over the Rams, who apparently want to move to Inglewood.

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  1. floratiotime says: Feb 20, 2015 11:41 AM

    The NFC West just got a lot easier.

  2. frotoon2 says: Feb 20, 2015 11:41 AM

    Please move the 49ers; those basement dwellers have been holding back the NFC West since 2002.

  3. echech88 says: Feb 20, 2015 11:43 AM

    Rams would probably make the most sense to swap into the AFC West in terms of travel if they are denied the move.

    Denver and KC would be quick, easy trips.

    I agree you can’t break up the Seattle/SF rivalry

  4. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Feb 20, 2015 11:44 AM

    It would make the most sense for the team to swap with the Rams.

    If the Rams also relocate to Los Angeles, then there is a bit of an issue! How about the AFC LA?

  5. uwsptke says: Feb 20, 2015 11:45 AM

    I was wondering the same thing, since it would be weird for division rivals to share a stadium on a permanent basis. The quickest solution would be to move the Seahawks back to the AFC.

    I don’t like the idea of the Cardinals moving to the AFC, since they have a lot of transplants (“Snow Birds”) from the upper Midwest that are fans of NFC North teams. A lot of people I know like to go to Cardinals games to either cheer for their team when they come to town, or to cheer for the Cards when they play a team they don’t like.

  6. macdaddyspeed says: Feb 20, 2015 11:45 AM

    Would love to rekindle Sehawks vs. raiders. Go Seahawks!!!

  7. zvikes says: Feb 20, 2015 11:47 AM

    Wouldn’t the NFL be worried with the 49ers and Raiders playing every year the violence would get worse? I assumed that the Seahawks would reclaim their AFC West rivalries and the Chargers would switch. That seems to make the most sense to me, but whatever.

  8. rainponcho87 says: Feb 20, 2015 11:47 AM

    Frotoon2: clearly a seahawk fan

    Seahawks 1-2 in Superbowls, nuff said

  9. carp0056 says: Feb 20, 2015 11:48 AM

    When will all this stop. Empty stadium in 5 years. To much to do in So Cal

  10. dukeearl says: Feb 20, 2015 11:48 AM

    It’ll be good to have the Raiders and Seahawks back in the same division. I’ll get my raider-hater t-shirt out of storage.

  11. hrmlss says: Feb 20, 2015 11:49 AM

    Seattle back to the AFC.

  12. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 20, 2015 11:50 AM

    As a Chiefs fan, I would welcome Seattle back home!!! Hope it happens!

  13. mullman76 says: Feb 20, 2015 11:50 AM

    Breaking up the KC/OAK and Den/OAK rivalries would be a crime.

    The chargers have a sparse history compared to the other three teams in the division.

    Move the chargers, keep the true rivalries in place.

  14. blacknole08 says: Feb 20, 2015 11:53 AM

    Broncos
    Chargers
    Chiefs
    Rams/Cardinals

    Seahawks
    Raiders
    49ers
    Rams/Cardinals

    If the Rams stay in St. Louis they should stay in the NFC West/ If they move to LA, AFC West. Although the idea of having the Raiders/49ers meet 2x a year instead of every four years presents a potential scary situation for the NFL. And the Raiders/Chiefs rivalry should not be broken up.

    The whole idea of rival teams sharing a stadium sounds stupid overall but then again this is Goodell’s NFL. So nothing would surprise me.

  15. bahoto34 says: Feb 20, 2015 11:53 AM

    inglewood always up to no good

  16. seatownballers says: Feb 20, 2015 11:55 AM

    I’m all for it. But seriously, could the raiders ever beat Seattle SF or Arizona?

  17. dogfromduckhunt says: Feb 20, 2015 11:56 AM

    The ST LOUIS Rams being in the same division as the Kansas City Chiefs makes way too much sense. The Rams current closest rival is 1500 miles away.

  18. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Feb 20, 2015 12:00 PM

    It would make the most sense for the team to swap with the Rams.

    If the Rams also relocate to Los Angeles, then there is a bit of an issue! How about the AFC LA or, with the 49ers, the NFC SoCal? /Sarcasm

  19. crappygovernment says: Feb 20, 2015 12:00 PM

    SD Chargers = Philadelphia Eagles = don’t have both in the same conference!

  20. joetoronto says: Feb 20, 2015 12:01 PM

    mullman76 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 11:50 AM
    Breaking up the KC/OAK and Den/OAK rivalries would be a crime.

    The chargers have a sparse history compared to the other three teams in the division.

    Move the chargers, keep the true rivalries in place.
    **********************************************
    I couldn’t agree more, Charger games just don’t feel the same as when the Raiders play the Bronco’s or Chiefs.

    Besides, they have no rings.

  21. Dogsweat says: Feb 20, 2015 12:01 PM

    NFC West:

    L.A. Chargers

    San Francisco

    Arizona

    St. Louis

    AFC West:

    Seattle

    Denver

    Kansas City

    LA. Raiders

    No harm no foul, plus Ram fans get to see their team twice in California.

  22. bayousooner90 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:04 PM

    Why would One Team Have to Go to the NFC?
    Like the NFC East the AFC West should not be changed. These are 4 original AFL teams that have been in same division for 55 years.

  23. dasmol says: Feb 20, 2015 12:10 PM

    As if the two sharing a stadium wasn’t a lame enough idea, now they’re talking of moving the raiders to the NFC?

    I am so close to done with the NFL and its greed. Is there no end?

    Can’t wait for the 30 game schedule, the 20 team playoff scenarios, International WildCard Weekend, and buying my super-special “fan-stock.”

  24. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 20, 2015 12:11 PM

    One team would be the “away” team in their own stadium when they play each other every four years. Weird.

  25. RegisHawk says: Feb 20, 2015 12:12 PM

    If they want a chance to do well, they might consider moving to the NFC South instead.

  26. dasmol says: Feb 20, 2015 12:13 PM

    choadtoronto says:
    Feb 20, 2015 12:01 PM

    “…Charger games just don’t feel the same as when the Raiders play the Bronco’s or Chiefs.”
    _____________________________________

    I guess every butt whooping feels a little different, maybe even worse when dealt by a perceived lesser.

  27. lurch61 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:14 PM

    frotoon2 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 11:41 AM
    Please move the 49ers; those basement dwellers have been holding back the NFC West since 2002.

    —————————————————————————————–
    holding back? so 3 NFC Championship appearances, one super bowl and even one 8-8 finish in a tumultuous season is holding back? what then did the rams do during that same period???

  28. vcstriker16 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:14 PM

    Why?

  29. thefox61 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:17 PM

    It will never happen people. The realignment in 2002 was designed to keep old rivalries. That is why the NFL moved Seattle out of the AFC West. The NFL wanted to keep the 4 original AFL teams together and I don’t see them wanteing to break that up.
    The most likely scenario will be either SD or OAK sharing a Stadium with the Rams.
    The NFL will not break up the AFC or NFC West divisions. And the NFL will not allow 2 teams from the same division to share a stadium as this give both teams 9 home games a year.

  30. liquidswordzx says: Feb 20, 2015 12:18 PM

    San Diego to the NFC and St. Louis to the AFC… Neither team has big rivalries in their divisions.. Easy fix for the NFL

  31. araidersfan says: Feb 20, 2015 12:18 PM

    I never thought I’d live long enough to see an original AFL team move to the NFC. It desecrates the history of a proud league that merged with the NFL with the expectation that all it’s teams and traditions would remain intact.

    Of course the very idea of a team (let alone multiple teams) enjoying success in a proven pro football graveyard like Los Angeles is a joke.

  32. frotoon2 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:18 PM

    The Raiders and the 49ers should definitely be put into the same division. It would be nonstop entertainment to watch those fat, delusional fans get into drunken brawls twice a year. The NFL could almost sell a separate TV channel for it.

  33. slvrnblk72 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:19 PM

    Raiders belong in IRWINDALE!!!

  34. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Feb 20, 2015 12:22 PM

    Chargers or Raiders in the NFC? Bizarre

  35. Gabe Smith says: Feb 20, 2015 12:24 PM

    Seriously, don’t move the Raiders and break up those old AFL rivalries.

    As a Chiefs fan–this would be criminal. The only reason this is even being discussed is because the Raiders have been bad for so long, but to throw away that history would be awful.

    Move the Chargers. No one cares about the Chargers. I can’t muster one iota of hatred for that team because I just don’t care. And neither do their fans.

  36. roadtrip3500 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:33 PM

    thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 20, 2015 12:11 PM

    One team would be the “away” team in their own stadium when they play each other every four years. Weird.
    ———————————
    Giants and Jets have done this for decades.

  37. trollaikman8 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:34 PM

    “Seattle back to the AFC.”

    Nice try 49erbro

  38. scrp2 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:38 PM

    There is no way in hell the Raiders and Chargers will share a stadium. In all the proposals that’s been floated out there, this is the most ridiculous and preposterous. Raiders moving to the NFC? Sharing a stadium with the Chargers? While your at it just change the Raider name, uniforms and expunge Al Davis from the history books.

  39. r8dernation says: Feb 20, 2015 12:40 PM

    Neither would move to the NFC. There is no NFL by-law that says 2 teams in the same city can’t be in the same division or conference. If any divisions are updated, it should be putting the Rams in the East and the Cowboys in the West.

  40. abqhawk says: Feb 20, 2015 12:44 PM

    Sharing a stadium between two NFL teams sounds like a scheduling nightmare. I don’t see that working out too well NFL wide. Seems more like a can of worms for future teams to game the system.

    Seahawks are fine where they are at. AFC was ok, NFC is fantastic – competition of a higher caliber and only getting better IMO.

    If someone ~has~ to move, let it be another team who is in the market to move & has an axe to grind here & is unhappy with their lot in life, a pawn in this mess! But then it is the NFL so chaos is no unexpected is it? Stability has never been it’s long suit.

  41. jjackwagon says: Feb 20, 2015 12:52 PM

    Seahawks don’t want to be back in the AFC West, they only won that division twice in 25 years. Moved to the NFC West and won the division seven times in 15 years.

  42. upperdecker19 says: Feb 20, 2015 12:53 PM

    But who gets to go to the lucrative London market?

  43. subject1er says: Feb 20, 2015 12:55 PM

    Chargers to the NFC West seahawks back to the AFC. Raiders have too much history against the Broncos and chiefs

  44. broncosnative says: Feb 20, 2015 12:58 PM

    They should do a LA bowl to decide who goes to the nfc west. Please, please send the Seahawks back to the AFC west, I would love my Broncos to play them twice a year again

  45. stamm321 says: Feb 20, 2015 1:01 PM

    F this on all counts!

  46. broncosnative says: Feb 20, 2015 1:02 PM

    echech88 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 11:43 AM
    Rams would probably make the most sense to swap into the AFC West in terms of travel if they are denied the move.

    Denver and KC would be quick, easy trips.

    I agree you can’t break up the Seattle/SF rivalry

    The Broncos and Hawks rivarly is longer

  47. mizzousooner says: Feb 20, 2015 1:02 PM

    Why can’t the Raiders get their own stadium deal?

  48. dadsource says: Feb 20, 2015 1:03 PM

    Won’t happen. It’s a marketing ploy for a new stadium in San Diego.

  49. pinkmist4 says: Feb 20, 2015 1:06 PM

    Geographically, KC, STL and DEN should be grouped together, so let the Chargers switch conferences.

  50. raiderufan says: Feb 20, 2015 1:11 PM

    The Chargers should 100% be the team to move to the NFC and that has nothing to do with bias and everything to do with common sense.

    The Raiders being the one to move to the NFC West is absurd. Think of the Rivalries that would be broken up? The Chargers have little to no history and if you go thru the West and talk about the rivalries you’d put any the Chargers have last…and the first rivalry you’d talk about for the Chargers would probably be the one they have with, you guessed it, the Raiders.

    I guess playing devils advo you could say that a solid rivalry exists between the Raiders and Niners or the Raiders and Hawks….but come on. Raiders/Chiefs and Raiders/Broncos should be maintained at all costs.

  51. ragnarthemagnificent says: Feb 20, 2015 1:17 PM

    If one of these teams was smart they’d move to Las Vegas. The Raiders in Vegas would be amazing. They could still have the CA fans and capture Vegas as well. Why won’t the NFL even consider Vegas?

  52. bkwbolts says: Feb 20, 2015 1:25 PM

    The rams or raiders are the only logical choices to go to LA both of those teams have an enormous following down there. Yes the Chargers fan base is not nearly as large as either of those teams but we are loyal fans, The chargers should stay in San Diego simply because that’s where the money is for them. The Raiders/Rams would make the same if not more in LA. But let’s remember LA had multiple teams run through there but the NFL felt there would be a better profet somewhere else.

  53. mikeoc92 says: Feb 20, 2015 1:31 PM

    The NFL gets everything they want if Rivers and the Chargers go to the NFC west while trading places with the Seahawks. Should the Chargers go Rivers will be facing a Rams team with no QB, a Cardinals team with 3 injured QBs, and a 49ers team that’s just barely holding it together. Meanwhile Russell Wilson would duke it out with Peyton Manning for the short term and Derek Carr in the long run. In this scenario Rivers and the Chargers get a relatively easy run at a playoff birth be it by way of division championship or wild card birth and a shot at that elusive first Super Bowl victory. Meanwhile, the Seahawks would basically wait to be dethroned by any of the 3 other teams in the division; though it would seem the Raiders have the most potential to eventually usurp them given the young talent on the roster, the high draft picks, and the ungodly amount of cap space.

  54. sw19womble says: Feb 20, 2015 1:33 PM

    If there are going to be two teams in the LA area, then Rams and Raiders should move (back).

    Chargers should stay in San Diego.

    It’d be fun to see a proper “West Coast” division – i.e. Seattle, San Francisco, LA, San Diego.

    Either way, Goodell will find a way to muff it up.

  55. ebdug says: Feb 20, 2015 1:35 PM

    Home and home games, 3-4 game nites a week, bye weeks, London games, head to head games, double-header promos, late night games … Why in the world would realignment be required?

  56. ee00ee says: Feb 20, 2015 1:38 PM

    I think the best scenario is Rams and Raiders to LA and Chargers and Jaguars to London.
    Rams and Raiders due to the fan bases already there. Jags to London since I think it migt be where he’d like to move them, and Chargers seem approachable enough and likely to be larger. I think they need to go with 2 London teams so 1 game is usually on.

  57. tvguy22 says: Feb 20, 2015 1:42 PM

    Why is it that lately every time I read a story about something the NFL is considering, I think, “boy that’s a dumb idea.”

  58. vanmorrissey says: Feb 20, 2015 1:45 PM

    Cool. Living in SD so many years this city does not deserve a team. Can’t get its act together over how many years, too bad. I also lived in Cleveland when the Indians got a new stadium, a new downtown Library was built, along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an Earth and Science Museum, and trolley system linking them, which is why the Browns left. No money left for them and the feeling they are out in the cold. SD left the Chargers out as an oversight so many years and if I were them I would have left years ago. Too many idiot politicians blaming anything else but themselves about a new stadium, now its too late. What now City Council, will you do with that epic hole in the ground in Mission Valley? Only so many tractor pulls and Car sales what now, geniuses????

  59. NoHomeTeam says: Feb 20, 2015 1:51 PM

    NFC West:
    Los Angeles Rams
    Santa Clara 49ers
    Arizona Cardinals
    Seattle Seahawks

    AFC West
    San Diego Chargers
    KC Chiefs
    Denver Broncos
    St. Louis Raiders

    This joint stadium isn’t happening.
    San Diego will blink and build a stadium. Oakland won’t, and the old St. Louis dome has got to be better than the Coliseum, even if it’s not a “Top 20%” venue.

  60. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 20, 2015 1:58 PM

    Al Davis and Lamar Hunt must be rolling over in their graves right now…Why does Goodell keep picking on the eight West teams so much? Making two of the teams swap conferences still won’t prevent the (multiple) trips to the Central and Eastern time zones for most of those teams anyway.

  61. natelan says: Feb 20, 2015 2:00 PM

    Taking either AFL team out of the AFC would be a crime against football.

  62. radrntn says: Feb 20, 2015 2:00 PM

    the real question is St Louis really West

  63. tindeaux says: Feb 20, 2015 2:00 PM

    conflict of interest?

  64. natelan says: Feb 20, 2015 2:06 PM

    The only “rivalry” the Raiders have these days, is against the win column, and we all know who’s winning that match-up…

  65. natelan says: Feb 20, 2015 2:08 PM

    If the Chargers and Raiders ever share a stadium… I’m leaving a giant turd on the seats right before the next Raiders game.

  66. bubbagumpshrimp13 says: Feb 20, 2015 2:08 PM

    If the Chargers leave San diego I can finally change loyalties to a new team without feeling like a turncoat! Get lost chargers, your fans are sick of your quest for mediocrity. We’re also tired of the miserly ways of the Spanos family. The stadiums parking situation has been a mess since its construction and there has been no attempts to improve it. A lot of fans won’t even go to games because of what a joke it is to get in and out of that stadium. Spanos too cheap to add a couple entrances and exits though.

    There’s enough land to construct a new stadium in the parking lot at jack Murphy and enough public transport to have a huge parking lot off site for a season during construction. Sadly it would require some money and effort on the part of Spanos, and God forbid he’d have to spend money to make even more.

  67. r8drn8tn says: Feb 20, 2015 2:12 PM

    No way can you move the Raiders. I don’t want to see the Chargers go but they would have to be the one. I love, LOVE, to hate the Broncos and Chiefs.

    I have yet to read a compelling reason why one team would have to move to the NFC.

  68. Getoffmylawn! says: Feb 20, 2015 2:12 PM

    The Seahawks were in the AFC? Said about ten thousand stunned people wearing jerseys with the #12 on them today!

  69. natelan says: Feb 20, 2015 2:12 PM

    I can certainly understand why the Raiders fans here would want the Chargers out of the AFC West…

    We are 19-4 against them since 2003 including a nice little 13-game win streak (that’s 6.5 years) in there and currently on a 3-game win streak.

    I’d be looking for a way out too!

  70. natelan says: Feb 20, 2015 2:17 PM

    I can certainly understand why the Raiders fans here would want the Chargers out of the AFC West…

    We are 19-4 against them since 2003 including a nice little 13-game win streak (that’s 6.5 years) in there and currently on a 3-game win streak.

    I’d be looking for a way out too!

  71. lancane says: Feb 20, 2015 2:26 PM

    The NFL will not move the Raiders out of the AFC West nor the Rams out of the NFC West for two reasons, their both established in those divisions Winning Super Bowl Championships and two they both have a certain lustrous histories in their divisions including rivalries. That is also why the 49ers and Seahawks will be unmovable from the NFC West.

    Only two teams fit the criteria to be moved, the Cardinals and Chargers, neither have established themselves by winning a Championship nor are they key rivals within their divisions. So if this does go down then I see the Cardinals moving to the AFC West and Chargers joining the NFC West.

  72. arich1983 says: Feb 20, 2015 2:28 PM

    Raiders to Vegas!!!!

  73. realfootballfan says: Feb 20, 2015 2:45 PM

    I know when I think of iconic AFC West games, those Charger/Bronco and Charger/Cheif contests always pop right up in mind. The NFL is exploring new depths of dumb if they take away the natural Raider rivals.

  74. wend28 says: Feb 20, 2015 3:00 PM

    This is officially the most asinine idea to bring football back to LA I’ve seen yet..

  75. sdcharger123 says: Feb 20, 2015 3:12 PM

    I still hope for the city of San Diego to get this done. The Chargers belong here, they don’t belong in LA. They were there for one season. Their history is in San Diego.

    NFC West
    LA Rams
    Seattle Seahawks
    Arizona Cardinals
    SF 49ers

    AFC West
    LA Raiders
    SD Chargers
    Denver Broncos
    KC Chiefs

  76. denverdude7 says: Feb 20, 2015 3:31 PM

    Just another NFL blackmail / extortion scam to pry taxpayer money out of city and state funds and given to already rich owners.

    Wake up America !!!!!!!

    Just Say NO !!!!!!!

  77. thatstinks says: Feb 20, 2015 3:36 PM

    So if I’m reading this correct LA which seems luke warm to the NFL could end up with 3 or 4 teams and three of those teams already left once ?

  78. dumbaseinstien says: Feb 20, 2015 4:05 PM

    The whole concept of 2 teams operating within the same market is just dumb.

  79. southpaw77 says: Feb 20, 2015 4:29 PM

    If the Raiders and 49ers were in the same division they obviously wouldn’t be the Oakland Raiders anymore they’d be the LA Raiders, so that would lessen the bay bridge rivalry/violence issue.

    Even said the Raiders rivalry with KC and Denver goes way back so leave them there. Put Seattle back in the AFC west and swap the LA Chargers to the NFC West.

    PS- Two teams currently share the same stadium/market, ever heard of the NY Jets & NY Giants? It can be done.
    The Rams and Raiders need to move back to LA and everything will work fine, SD needs a new stadium right where they are.

  80. atwatercrushesokoye says: Feb 20, 2015 4:39 PM

    It’s not often this happens, but I have to agree with the Raiders and Chiefs fans here, the rivalries between those teams and the Broncos are part of NFL history, those 3 teams hate each other, and as fans we love to beat those teams. San Diego is okay, and I dislike them too but there’s not the same rivalry there, they’re the Ringo of the division.

    And for all of the “diehard” Seahawks fans who say that you can’t break up the 49ers/Seattle rivalry, that’s only really existed since 2012, no one cared about it before then, and it will quickly dissipate when the two teams aren’t both top teams.

    Go look up the Broncos v Seahawks rivalry (Ed McCaffrey back peddling into the end zone taunting Shaun Springs or the “Ban the Boz” t-shirts that Denver fans wore not knowing that the Boz had actually made those shirts and sold them through his company.

    Go look up the Seahawks v Raiders rivalry, the epic Monday Night Game where Bo Jackson tore up the Seahawks and then ran over the Boz.

    Those are rivalries.

  81. brucewayne3561 says: Feb 20, 2015 4:49 PM

    The NFL is gonna keep doing all this expansion & messing up the divisions & it’s not going to last! It’s going to blow up in Goddells face & the NFL is going to implode ! It will be watered down football & it will be like watching weak division 2 college ball! When is it enough?

  82. ninemiles907 says: Feb 20, 2015 5:08 PM

    For all those saying to move the Chargers because they have no history as the other 3 AFC West teams need to double check their facts. All 4 AFC West teams have been rivals since 1960. The Seahawks didn’t join the AFC West until 1977. It would be stupid to move the Chargers out of the AFC West and break up 55 year old rivalries.

  83. joetoronto says: Feb 20, 2015 5:11 PM

    Keep crying, Nancy boy.

  84. returntoexcellence says: Feb 20, 2015 5:56 PM

    atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:39 PM
    San Diego is okay, and I dislike them too but there’s not the same rivalry there, they’re the Ringo of the division.
    _______________________

    Ha ha ha ha! That is a PERFECT analogy!

  85. rawdoggy says: Feb 20, 2015 6:31 PM

    Natelame off his meds, again. The Raiders are vastly superior to the Dolts in revenue, super bowl trophies and fan popularity. We don’t need you, you need us.

    If anyone is moving divisions it’s the losers in powder blues.

  86. rawdoggy says: Feb 20, 2015 6:32 PM

    Oh and Nate, you have to show up to a game to take the dump you were talking about. Chances of that happening are zero.

    Gross dude.

  87. alonestartexan says: Feb 20, 2015 6:46 PM

    The most logical response to this happening would be to place the Chargers in the NFC West and the Rams in the AFC West.

    The Rams would have a more regional rivalry with the Chiefs and Broncos and will get to play once a year in Los Angeles against the Raiders in front of their LA fanbase.

    The Chargers (who have been largely irrelevant for most of their life) gets a new start in a new city and a chance to start new rivalries. As a football fan, there’s never been anything more boring than to catch a Chargers divisional game.

    The 49ers, Cardinals, and Seahawks get a true West Coast rivalry with LA, and the problem is completely solved finally.

    The NFL would now use San Diego as its leverage city.

  88. kvt7280 says: Feb 20, 2015 6:47 PM

    I think it’s best to move the Chargers or Raiders since they are working on a proposed a stadium to the NFC West. Two division rivals sharing a stadium? NY Jets and NY Giants play in the same stadium but divisions. If the Raiders want to stay in Oakland, the Raiders want it over the old site which the Raiders and the A’s share the stadium. If they did that, MLB would have a problem where they have to find the A’s a situation since they shot down the San Jose situation. All of a sudden, LA has no teams and now they might have 3. It will be pretty interesting going forward.

  89. babygaga19 says: Feb 20, 2015 7:20 PM

    Please dont remove the Raiders from the AFC West. They are the drunk girl at that bar, 2 am. You always get lucky!

  90. natelan says: Feb 20, 2015 7:37 PM

    rawdoggy says:
    Feb 20, 2015 6:32 PM
    Oh and Nate, you have to show up to a game to take the dump you were talking about. Chances of that happening are zero.

    Gross dude.
    —————————
    I’m looking for your seat first…

    Nahh, just kidding, but to correct a mistake you stated earlier…

    According to Forbes’ 2014 NFL Teams Value list, Chargers rank at #26 at $995m while the Raiders are #28 at $970m.

    The Raiders worth more than the Chargers? Well, I just proved that wrong… Unless your 30+ year old Super Bowl trophies are worth $8.34m each. And if aging championships, that were won before I was even born, grew in value, then I guess our 50+ year old AFL championship must be priceless.

    Also, allow me to correct your other mistake; while the Raiders may lead the league in tarp placement, according to the NFL’s own website, the Chargers’ 2014 home attendance was ranked #22 at 523,457 while the Raiders were ranked #30 at 459,333.

    But, you know… facts

  91. dobe420 says: Feb 20, 2015 7:45 PM

    The easiest thing to do is leave SD and Oakland in there places and stay in the AFC and move the Rams back to LA. Rivalries and divisions can stay in tack for the sake of tradition.

  92. mattcro0172 says: Feb 20, 2015 8:02 PM

    I wouldn’t support either of these old AFL teams going to the NFC. Best scenario is to move the Rams to LA and for the Chargers to open their own wallet and build in SD area. Kraft took almost no state funds when he built in Gillette.

  93. fearthehoody says: Feb 20, 2015 8:26 PM

    Its comical to me how people not from LA say LA is not a sports town. Clippers and Lakers have consecutive years of sell outs. Kings sell out every game. UCLA gets 75-80,000 every Saturday. USC gets 80,000 every Saturday. Dodgers get over 3 million a season. Please know your facts before commenting.

  94. mattcro0172 says: Feb 20, 2015 8:28 PM

    I mean these free loading teams like the Raiders and Chargers have been playing in publicly owned stadiums for years. Nothing worse than a pro sports team demanding the majority of funding from the tax payers. The millionaires club should be able to finance their own building and turn an even better profit. Keep the tax payers out of it.

  95. vader3234 says: Feb 20, 2015 9:20 PM

    natelan check your facts. Fact is that the only reason the Dolts team is only slightly worth more of the two is because it happens to be in is a nicer town. Fact is that outside of San Diego, does anyone even know what sport the Chargers even play? And still what does it say that 3 100 year old superbowl trophies are still worth more that all of San Diego’s Superbowl Trophies. Oh year I mean zero trophies. 5o plus years of utter uselessness for the Chargers. Brees, Gates, Tomlinson, Phloser Philipps. Never has a team with so much done so little. 24 Hall of famers of whom include Ron Wolf, Tim Brown, Ray Guy John Madden Marcus Allen Howie Long, Mike Haynes, Ted Hendricks, Art Shell, Fred Biletnikoff, Gene Upshaw and of course Al Davis who was instrumental in San Diego even getting the Chargers. All names people can even remember played football. The Chargers? The only name that means anything on that list is Fouts and even he admits he hated the Raiders cause the they constantly beat him like a drum.

  96. thepasswordis12345 says: Feb 20, 2015 9:44 PM

    Chargers to the NFC West, Rams to the AFC West. Makes the most geographic sense, doesn’t break up existing rivalries, and creates new ones.

    NFC West
    Arizona
    San Francisco
    LA Chargers
    Seattle

    AFC West
    Denver
    Kansas City
    LA Raiders
    St. Louis

    Chargers would be a natural rival to the Cardinals and Niners. Rams and Chiefs would be an intrastate rivalry in Missouri.

  97. natelan says: Feb 20, 2015 10:40 PM

    returntoexcellence says:
    Feb 20, 2015 5:56 PM
    atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Feb 20, 2015 4:39 PM
    San Diego is okay, and I dislike them too but there’s not the same rivalry there, they’re the Ringo of the division.
    _______________________

    Ha ha ha ha! That is a PERFECT analogy!
    ———————————–
    Nothing that Broncos, Raiders or Chiefs fans say will change the fact that the Chargers were the first team in the division to win a Championship.

    Get over it, crybabies!

  98. red2616 says: Feb 21, 2015 7:53 AM

    rainponcho87 Your super bowl last two runs are a tad ranted. #1 go look at the 2013 schedule and look at the cheese puff teams the Seahwks played. 5-11, 3-13, 4-12, they did okay Giants and Rams at 7-9, but Cards, Indy, Saints, Colts and 49ers were the only above .500 team they played. Then last year after week 10 they didn’t play a healthy starting QB or actually a starting QB (4 games) other than Kaepernick while Harbaugh was looking for another job. Then. Bye, a broken back Can and a unless Ridgers. So they got lucky as hell (like their Packer win). 8 games against I injured and one Coachless team. Pete Carroll’s deal with the devil I schedules ran out in Super Bowl Sunday. Patriots were not that good this year. cardinals had the best team in the NFL if not for injury. 7 Starters to IR for 8+ games and another 11 starters missed 3-8 games. That’s STARTERS! Not just two injured CB’s. Seattle defaulted to the NFC west due to injury in Cards. Truth said. PLEASE go look it up and then not reply like the other Seattle fans that say I am wrong. Yes you have one ring but never should have been in this last SB.

  99. red2616 says: Feb 21, 2015 7:57 AM

    Cards keep getting screwed. They were with the Ciwboys, Giants and Eagles when they all three were rotating Super Bowles. Then go to NFC West and get Seattle (lucky with non NFC scheduled games) and 49ers. Now they are good and they want to change AGAIN!! They’ll probably put them in with Seattle, 49ers and Broncos some how? I don’t mind 49ers or Seattle to be honest right now I think they’ll both be 8-8 or maybe one will be 9-7. But they bare done for a while.

  100. araidersfan says: Feb 21, 2015 8:07 AM

    natelan says:
    Feb 20, 2015 10:40 PM

    Nothing that Broncos, Raiders or Chiefs fans say will change the fact that the Chargers were the first team in the division to win a Championship.

    Get over it, crybabies!

    ===================

    An empty and tired Charger fan argument.

    The Chargers won an AFL Championship in 1963 while the Bears won the 1963 NFL Championship. In other words, the Chargers were NEVER world champions because there was no Super Bowl until after the 1966 season. Would the 1963 Chargers have defeated the 1963 Bears? Hypothetically anything is possible but in reality it NEVER happened so the 1963 Bolts were NOT world champions.

    If you want to claim that the Chargers’ 1963 AFL Championship is on a par with being Super Bowl champs then go for it because it is as ridiculous as the 1966 Chiefs or 1967 Raiders claiming that they were world champs (both were AFL Champions but lost to the Packers in the Super Bowl).

  101. bu2b1970 says: Feb 21, 2015 8:48 AM

    seatownballers says: Feb 20, 2015 11:55 AM

    I’m all for it. But seriously, could the raiders ever beat Seattle SF or Arizona?
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    The Raiders pretty much spanked the 49ers last season and have a winning record against all three teams.

    Someone asked if St. Louis was actually in the west. Well, they do claim to be the gateway to the west, so there’s that.

    Natelan, you are seriously a moron and a troll. It’s laughable when you try to compare attendance to a Charger game considering that the majority of those who attend said games are pulling for the visiting team. I’ll also add that the Chargers were threatened with blackouts over the past few seasons where as the Raiders sold every single game out. Sure Mt. Davis is tarped off, but if you have ever sat up there you would know why. I wouldn’t sit up there for free the view is so bad.

    Lets also take note that outside of San Diego, nobody cares about the Chargers but for a handful of people. the Raiders on the other hand, have one of the larger fan bases in sports despite the recent hard times. Despite twelve years of horrid football, they are still more relevant than your team, so get over yourself.

  102. ProFootballRealignment says: Feb 21, 2015 8:49 AM

    The best solution is for the NFL to re-align into 4 divisions, with 8 teams in each division. The best 12 teams would actually make the playoffs.

  103. the610limited says: Feb 21, 2015 10:11 AM

    Leave the AFC West intact. Oakland & San Diego won’t stay together. If the league lets the Rams move to LA, one of the two AFC teams will be told ”thanks, but you can’t move to LA.” And then the stuff will hit the fan.

  104. tkosnoop says: Feb 21, 2015 10:26 AM

    It’s funny how someone says that the 49ers are the bottom dwellers when the 49ers are the only reason the NFC West is even relevant..

  105. tyconderoguer says: Feb 21, 2015 6:54 PM

    The obvious resolve has been missed by the money hungry nfl. Add two expansion teams to each conference. More money for nfl and so what for the fans. Move San Diego and Rams to LA and put two new teams in those cities. Then expand to San Antonio and London for other new teams problem solved. By the end of this decade the nfl will have a team in London anyways. This way no existing team will be relocate to London. Make sense for nfl and no matter what fans will flock to games. And when the NFL does this they can send my consultant check to me since I don’t have a team worthy near me.

  106. sandersmarcus10 says: Feb 24, 2015 10:24 AM

    rainponcho87 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 11:47 AM

    Seahawks 1-2 in Superbowls, nuff said
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    How do you knock a team that has won a SB and got back to the SB if you win 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 your still a SB Champion. Bonehead call cost them there second so stop with the hate already!

  107. Crayton says: Mar 13, 2015 6:27 PM

    The Raiders VOLUNTEERED to move to the NFC!

    And they will do fine in that division too. They have decent rivalries with the 9ers and Hawks. Stop complaining when it is Mark Davis who volunteered to go to the NFC should the league not want divisional rivals in the same market.

    Who gets bumped?

    St. Louis to… the AFC South. That division deperately needs a rivalry make over. Move the more westernly Houston Texans (another original AFL market and moniker) to the AFC West, and St. Louis is now within driving distance of most of it division-mates (not 1,500+ miles from each).

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