Goodell says millions of fans want a team in Los Angeles


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.

103 responses to “Goodell says millions of fans want a team in Los Angeles

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. “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”

  16. 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…

  17. “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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. “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.

  22. “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.”

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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..

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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 …

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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…..

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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………..!

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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….

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