Kraft believes NFL will have two L.A. teams in 2016

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In the 20 years since two NFL teams left Los Angeles, it has never seemed more likely than it does right now that the NFL will be returning to L.A.  But it currently seems to be very likely, to the point that one of the league’s most influential owners believes two teams will move to Los Angeles in 2016.

“I really believe within the next year we’ll have two teams in [the L.A.] market,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post.  “I think there are good plans. . . .  We have some real good options.  And now we’ll see what happens in the end game.”

Kraft was careful to point out that he’s not speaking on behalf of the league at large.

“I’m just speaking what I believe,” Kraft said.  “There might just be one team.  But I really think to support the financial commitment of doing the kind of stadium that’s necessary in L.A., you need the resources of two teams.  That’s just my feeling.  I might be wrong.  And then whether it’s done simultaneously or not — personally I feel that would be the best way. . . . It could happen that one would come in later.  But I would like to see it be simultaneous.”

Two different projects currently are competing for the privilege of hosting one or two teams.  The Chargers and Raiders would play in Carson; the Rams and possibly another team would play in Inglewood.

87 responses to “Kraft believes NFL will have two L.A. teams in 2016

  1. Kraft already has cameras and eavesdropping equipment scheduled to be put in place.

  2. I would not discount what Kraft says. He was out front on the TV contract, and union negotiations. Say what you will about the Pats, but Kraft is seldom wrong. Case in point, when he bought the team, the local, national and even financial news were awash in stories about how he had overpaid for the team. Those stories are now lost in the ether.

  3. Who keeps asking all the owners this same question every year? Whoever it is doing it, please stop. The answer is the same every year.

  4. He also believes that when the Patriots illegally taped the Rams Saturday walk-through before the Super Bowl that it only helped the team about 1%. Who cares what he believes…

  5. I guess they both could play on the beach until someone builds a stadium. You know what, just expand the league again. Create a team that is 100% Los Angeles and then stick one in London and let them create a history there. Just get it over with.

  6. dropkickbanana says:
    Mar 23, 2015 8:31 PM
    Why not? They’ve had 2 fake NY teams in NJ for years.

    It’s the television market. It’s a lot easier to have a stadium 5 miles outside of the greatest city in the world than to cram it in.

  7. So Los Angeles has been sans NFL football for 20 years, and the world has survived, and now the whole league is going to move there the same year.

    As a Los Angeles resident, I’d be happy to have a team here. As a lifelong NFL fan, I really dread a repeat of the 1990s, with teams moving from city to city every time they are dissatisfied with their stadium or some such thing. St. Louis and San Diego will become the destinations of choice, and the story will repeat and repeat. Put the Raiders in Los Angeles, and call it a day.

  8. I have never seen one post here from anyone in LA that is desperate for team. Maybe teams left LA for a reason…

  9. LA fans are like Dallas fans, they go to be seen and leave shortly after the half.

  10. He also believes that when the Patriots illegally taped the Rams Saturday walk-through before the Super Bowl that it only helped the team about 1%. Who cares what he believes…

    And who cares what you believe…. I tell ya I am not a Pats fan but I think the DA fans that just can’t turn loose of stupid stuff against the Pats are obnoxious……. Half the crapp y’all accuse them of doing they didn’t do and all the crapp would not have given them one ring…. They had the best team…… Get over it you bunch of butt holes. Go get your mommy Change your diaper cause frankly the majority in here are tired of your whining

  11. toddsuperbowles says:
    Mar 23, 2015 8:40 PM

    It’s the television market. It’s a lot easier to have a stadium 5 miles outside of the greatest city in the world than to cram it in.
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    Totally agree. Though Foxboro’s more than 5 miles outside of Boston…

  12. During the start of Free Agency we heard on more than one occasion that the CA Income Tax of 13% was a major factor in landing free agents.

    So, if you are the Raiders and cannot work out a new stadium deal in Oakland, than why would you choose to move to another CA city, where you are handcuffed with the same limitations, when you have a chance to move to a location that is more alluring to NFL Talent?

  13. Here’s an idea. Put only one team in LA and see if it can actually succeed this time before you start thinking about a second. Crazy, I know.

  14. Broncos haven’t won a SB since Capgate. Truth hurts. Elway’s Rings are Tainted.

  15. L.A. already had 2 teams. Why do teams be moving? If NFL wants a teamin L.A then stop relocating teams you already had in L.A. smh

  16. Nobody is going to root for an expansion team in LaLa Land.

    It’s not who they are. They want established teams to migrate to their area so that they can stop going to the games after a year or so, no matter WHAT the record is!

  17. Truth hurts, birdman. If you don’t wanna read about it, there’s always The Onion…

  18. And Belichick’s boat will be called 8 Rings by then. Masterfully sailing the sea of tears from grown “men” crying anonymously on the Internet about the pats.

    Keep crying you little girls

    BOW DOWN

  19. People keep harping that it didn’t work for the Rams and Raiders. Well, that’s because they couldn’t sell enough tickets to fill the 93,000 seats at the LA Coliseum in order to avoid the FCC TV blackout. Even today that would be tough.

    As of today, said blackout rule is gone AND teams won’t be playing at the Coliseum. This is going to happen.

  20. This just in….

    According to unnamed sources, NFL has announced a two-team expansion draft, the LA Plastics and LA Narcissists will choose from the star studded talent from the NFL Veteran Combine. The LA Plastics have already begun negotiations with the man who will be selected by the LA Plastics as the first overall pick, Michael Sam! The source was supposedly someone very close to the NFL offices.

  21. Good evening Patriots haters!

    28-24. 4….count em 1…2..3…FOUR glistening, glowing, radiant, shiny Lombardi trophies in Foxboro! WOW!

    You didn’t actually think we would let you forget did you? 🙂

  22. toddsuperbowles says:
    Mar 23, 2015 8:34 PM

    He also believes that when the Patriots illegally taped the Rams Saturday walk-through before the Super Bowl that it only helped the team about 1%. Who cares what he believes…
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    4 rings, zero asterisks! Laugh at the hater. The more the Pats win, the more toddybaby hates!!! Your tears of hatred are delicious!!! The Pats keep winning and you keep crying!!! We LOVE it!

  23. Poor poor Patriots haters.

    To think you ACTUALLY believe your team deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as the World Champion Patriots. Tee hee. 🙂

    Poor deluded souls….

  24. Everybody has a right to their own opinion, but facts are facts… L.A. is a failed football City. Why in the world do they think it is going to work this time? There is just not enough love for the sport in Los Angeles… It is a Baseball City, not football… and it never will be. So, let’s save the City’s face and not even attempt it. Why not put a team somewhere in Nebraska? Or a team in Virginia? Both states show their love for college football, so why not the NFL?

  25. Why do I get the Idea you’re an expert on bowing Down?

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    mccourtyisland says: Mar 23, 2015 9:14 PM

    And Belichick’s boat will be called 8 Rings by then. Masterfully sailing the sea of tears from grown “men” crying anonymously on the Internet about the pats.

    Keep crying you little girls

    BOW DOWN

  26. binkystevens says:
    Mar 23, 2015 9:49 PM
    In other news – why does anyone care what this money hungry blowhard has to say?
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    You do. Very much so in fact. That’s why you clicked on an article about him and posted. 🙂

  27. You omitted his most offensive quote from the article where he laments that an entire generation of people in Los angeles has grown up without a team.

    Umm ok. So it’s fine to rip a team away from St. Louis to give it to a city that has had 2 different teams but failed to support either of them?

  28. There are going to be some angry taxpayers of other cities when they see the NFL pay for the stadium to be built with their own money. Have to love the people of L.A. giving the middle finger to the NFL every time they ask for money.

  29. birdman6162 says:
    Mar 23, 2015 10:01 PM
    O yes ToiletBowled the onion would be better reading than a bunch of whining babies …. Talk football or can you

    How clever, birdman. If you’re going to resort to name calling, maybe I should let my 7 year old son take over. He’s pretty good at it.

  30. 2015 Champions. The New England Patriots! I will post that everyday to all the crybabies that post whiney loser comments. Face it your a bunch of losers! Wahhhhhhhh they cheat. Wahhhhhh they deflate balls and still put up thirty something on a bogus playoff team. Wahhhh my jet team hasnt won a superbowl since the first man walked on the moon. That is why we point a finger and call foul! Face it you made a bad choice at picking a team to root for!!!!!!!

  31. I love on all the patriots comments there is abundance of thumbs down. We must be getting the haters really mad with all of our superbowl championships that we have won With no Asterisks! Ha Ha. You cant do anything but cry on blogs. Lmao

  32. I think everyone can agree that the Patriots and everyone that claims Boston/New England can be deported to an island in the sea and none of us would complain. Arrogant, smug, spoiled, naive and sheltered, all great adjectives to describe the elitists that comes from there. They have no idea they are like that either. Actually, LA is perfect for them.

  33. These ignorant comments about LA losing Football teams because LA isn’t a Football town crack me up. You are either too young to have lived through it or you are just praying that LA doesn’t get a team because you all hate losing to LA! Los Angeles may not have a team but we did win a Super Bowl because LA is a city of champions.
    Football will probably fail just like Hockey did in LA. World Champions! Hahaha
    The NFL will come to LA and thrive! Hate and be ignorant all you want.
    Let’s hope your team doesn’t leave your city because your owner wants to take the team to their home town. It’s not because of the fans teams leave. It’s the power of the owners and them thinking they are entitled to a new stadium paid for by the city. Our city had the fully inflated balls to say no.
    You all know that LA will be a team you don’t want to play and that’s the real reason you say the silly things you do.

  34. The owners gathered in Phoenix and the natural leaders, Mara and Kraft, both communicated what the owners decided in private. Don Corleone will share the judges and politicians, for he is a generous man and there will be 2 teams in LA and they will share a great stadium. And the owners of the 2 teams than relocate to LA will make payments to the other NFL owners and there will be the peace.

  35. i have a few points to make about all this.

    yes, L.A. is a city of transplants with 3, not 2, failed experiences with nfl teams. however, no one wanted to leave their car in south central in the 80’s and 90’s and walk back to it half inebriated. while inglewood is bot exactly a “nice” neighborhood, the architects of kroenke’s stadium have incorporated underground parking for precisely that reason (the official term will be something like enhanced green space).
    -someone here mentioned a new generation of L.A. born potential fans to capture. this is true. all those transplants have kids, and a metropolitan area of 12+ million people can surely fill an 80.000 seat stadium.
    – this move for any team is about market leverage. not marketing, but transfer of ownership. i’ve read how davis is the poorest owner u. the league. move them from oakland, into a new stadium (carson), and voila, double your asking price. same with the rams and chargers, but i think with a privately financed stadium and multi-billionaire labd developer for an owner, they are the best long term fit for the city of angels.
    – finally, alternative locations. las vegas? will never happen due to the overt conflict of interest vis a vis betting and football.
    san antonio? by the time a team gets there, the stadium will need upgrades.
    salt lake city? maybe, but mormons take their sundays pretty seriously.
    portland? maybe, but kind of small and in seattle’s balliwick.
    once a team leaves for L.A. the vacated city will be the next carrot.

  36. Two L.A. teams would be the ultimate nightmare for the owners. How can you blackmail a city into building you a new stadium without the threat of moving your team to Los Angeles?

  37. I get the fact that a great place like LA should not be without a football team but I think it’s apalling a team can up sticks and move to another city. I know football teams are franchises except the Packers and teams have moved on numerous occasions but does anybody think of the local community they leave behind. Coming from the UK I find this unbelievable. If you can’t make the game work in great american cities what chance have you over here in Europe. They should be made to stay and fight it out. I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose your football team, sometimes I wonder if the power men know how important the local sports team is to the people?

  38. No matter what team(s) move there only one man will make billions of dollars off of it before the inevitable collapse. His name is Stan.

  39. Think about it. Cleveland, Ohio and Buffalo, New York have professional football teams. In fact, the passion was so great in Cleveland that not only did the NFL let the city hold the name, logo and records in trust, they awarded them an expansion franchise. Yet 20 years down the road, with all of the threats, not one team has made a bid to move into the LA market. That’s all cattywampus isn’t it?

  40. Why all the talk of 2 LA teams?

    If you have 3 or 4 teams fighting over the honor of moving to LA, you pick the best 2 teams.

    When you have 3 or 4 teams treat moving to LA as a back up plan to staying where they are, you consider yourself lucky to get 1 team to move to LA.

  41. If the Raiders are 1 of the teams, can we re-name them the Yo-yos since they keep bouncing from Oakland to LA?

    Also, the biggest losers in this deal would be every city that has a stadium more than 10 years old. The threats would begin that either the city pay for and build a new one or the team will move to whatever city loses their team to LA.

  42. Getoffmylawn! says:

    These ignorant comments about LA losing Football teams because LA isn’t a Football town crack me up.
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    LA is now a soccer town. The demographics have changed in the last 20 years.

  43. Kraft believes NFL will have two L.A. teams in 2016
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    With the Deflate-gate investigation entering its final stage Kraft will do and say anything to get back on Goodell’s good side… BFFs forever

  44. One of the benefits of having two teams share a stadium is that when one of them wants to move away from LA in 10 years, say, to St. Louis, there will still be a team to use the facility.

  45. kissmysandwich says:Mar 23, 2015 11:06 PM

    He’s just posturing to get Mac’N’Cheese in the concessions.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You do know he’s not THAT Kraft, right? Closest his company might come to Mac n Cheese is the box the stuff comes in.

    Know who you’re ridiculing, before making comments like this, and you might come off a little less juvenile.

    The rest of the world takes him serious, because he is one of the best owners in the league. That’s why you will see him out in front of the mics.

  46. Kraft thinks the NFL will have 2 LA teams. Kraft thinks owners would love the $$$$$.

  47. He also believes that when the Patriots illegally taped the Rams Saturday walk-through before the Super Bowl that it only helped the team about 1%. Who cares what he believes…

    Sorry pal, never happened.

  48. TomsulasMustache says:
    Mar 23, 2015 11:34 PM
    I think everyone can agree that the Patriots and everyone that claims Boston/New England can be deported to an island in the sea and none of us would complain. Arrogant, smug, spoiled, naive and sheltered, all great adjectives to describe the elitists that comes from there. They have no idea they are like that either. Actually, LA is perfect for them.

    yes, there are a few Patriot posters on this site that most Patriots fans would just assume see gone. There are also insufferable Seattle fan, Packer fans, Jets, Giants, Ravens….all teams have them, and when their team wins…well look out.

  49. From a public relations standpoint, I think it is incredibly both arrogant and ignorant for any owner to speak about teams that they don’t own moving to new digs.

    If you are a fan of one of those teams that does move, you can’t be too happy about it. And let’s face it, it is hypothetically possible for any team to be moved if the owner of said team doesn’t get his brand new binky (stadium) at the fan’s expense.

    It is readily apparent that the vast majority of the media kiss up to Kraft on a constant basis, to an embarrassing shameful degree.

    I think the vast majority of fans, who aren’t Patriot fans, have a much different opinion of Kraft.

    In other words, Kraft ought to spend more of his time worrying about his own team, and spending less time concerning himself with what other teams do.

    Yeah, I am a bitter Charger fan.

  50. Kraft believes NFL will have two L.A. teams in 2016.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Which is why he just bought an electronics installation firm in Los Angeles.

    Hidden microphones and video recorders are already on order.

  51. It’s the television market. It’s a lot easier to have a stadium 5 miles outside of the greatest city in the world than to cram it in.
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    Says someone that’s never been to SI.

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