Nearly 20 years ago, the Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles. Since then, talk has persisted regarding a potential return. Primarily because talk of teams moving to Los Angeles often helped certain teams get public money for new stadiums.
Meanwhile, the NFL stubbornly has waited for the right deal to emerge in L.A. Which is a simple way of saying an opportunity pursuant to which the NFL will make a ton of money and whoever builds the stadium or otherwise helps pony up the cash needed to lure the league back will possibly lose a ton of money.
But there’s been, as Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times put it during a recent visit to PFT Live, a paradigm shift. Instead of L.A. being a luxury, it’s becoming a necessity. And that’s because a trio of franchises with obvious connections to Los Angeles (indeed, the Rams, Raiders, and Chargers each previously resided there) that have substandard stadium situations and easy escape routes, a sense of inevitability has emerged.
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