NFL likely won’t be returning to Anaheim

For 15 years, the Los Angeles Rams played in Anaheim. They apparently won’t be returning.

Angels Stadium likely won’t be submitting a proposal to serve as temporary host for an NFL team in L.A., according to Scott Reid of the Orange County Register.

Stadium officials cited scheduling conflicts between baseball and football for September and October games.

With the Rose Bowl also out, it leaves the Coliseum, Dodgers Stadium, and the StubHub Center as the potential options for short-term locations for one or two teams that move to L.A. as their new stadium is being built.

Under the lease to USC, the Coliseum can be used for only one NFL team. But that lease can be changed, especially if someone is willing to pay a lot of money to USC to persuade them to change it.

Of course, Angels Stadium may be trying to do the same thing, playing coy in order to get the NFL to make concessions — or to kick in more cash.

The most intriguing option for a temporary L.A. NFL home continues to be the StubHub Center, which currently has 27,000 seats. AEG, which runs the facility, has not yet decided whether to submit a proposal.

The Raiders, Rams, and Chargers currently are angling for a potential return to Los Angeles, the city where each team once resided.

56 responses to “NFL likely won’t be returning to Anaheim

  1. Some great memories of the Rams at the retro Big “A” a fantastic place to watch sports, but the Angels own the OC and they have their rights.

    Dodger stadium is to sacred to be touched by another league or team.

    Stub Hub. You never know, if it is a great place to watch games, you could always expand and even make it the home for the Raiders and Rams.

    Why Not?

  2. Dodger stadium is to sacred to be touched by another league or team.
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    Sacred?…in what way…..its a grey concrete structure managed by folks whos job it is to make money…on game day blue banners come down and black and silver banners go up…..concert next day black banners come down and stages and field seating go in…..motocross this weekend and the place is filled with dirt…..its a building…thats it

  3. Hundreds of high school recruits in search of signing bonuses are desperately hoping that an NFL team pays the USC football program a lot of money.

  4. Never in the course of NFL history has so much attention been paid to so few by even fewer…

    LA has had and lost more teams than any other city in any other sport. By wanting to relocate a team to LA simply because it is a major market, the NFL is operating under an archaic model. With today’s technology, going to a game in person is slowly dying off. Particularly in places where there are other things to do (i.e. Miami, San Diego, etc.). If they want to fill stadiums, the NFL should be looking at smaller markets such as Orlando, San Antonio, Oklahoma, etc.

    The NFL owners are rich people and they didn’t get that way by being financially stupid, but they sure don’t seem to have common sense.

  5. So, let me get this part straight, the nfl and three owners have essentially alienated 3 fanbases into thinking this is their final season and their favorite teams are moving to los angeles. Now, it turns out the nfl and three ownerships can’t find a suitable place to play even if they do relocate.

    So the nfl and three owners still expect their local markets to pay for the stadium because los angeles is falling apart, as all the nice little drawings of proposed stadiums have, and even expect their alienated fans to still pay $50 parking, $200 for 2-3 tickers, $9 beers, $8 hot dogs and $7 soda pop. Good luck with that.

    At least AEG might finally get a team to LA after it had a ‘shovel ready’ plan for years but no team wanted to move in and collect zero profits from games played at the stadium and had no interest in selling a majority share of their team.

  6. Anaheim Stadium was a horrible football venue. They enclosed the stadium when the Rams moved in, much like was done to Candlestick Park when the 49ers moved down from Kezar. The results were terrible in both cases. The Angels wisely reversed the damage to the stadium after the Rams left, and turned it back into a baseball-only configuration, with open outfield area. Really nice stadium again now – for baseball.

    StubHub is the natural choice. With 27,000 seats, there is plenty of capacity for the few fans an LA NFL team will attract. Heck, they might not even need to tarp off any of it. Maybe.

  7. Here is how it will play out. Oakland and San Diego will share a stadium in Carson, their respective cities have given up on them and won’t contribute to upgrades on their stadiums.

  8. If they want to strangle the return to LA in the crib, they’ll play in the Colisseum. That mess should have been torn down 45 years ago, it’s the worst sports venue I’ve ever attended an event in. It’s insane that so much time and effort has been spent trying to save it.

  9. California is BROKE and the only way a stadium will get built (not to say that it will be supported thereafter) is for an owner and NFL to build it. With so many other competing activities for tourists, and the residents being unable to afford the pricey cost of going to a game, this has disaster written all over it. (Now that the liberals have decided that cheerleaders need to be paid, you can bet that will be tacked on to ticket prices). Most universities have 27,000 seats which is laughable that the NFL would even consider such a venue out of desperation…should be a loud enough message in itself! When is the NFL going to quit trying to force a square peg into a round hole?

  10. I can see NFL media revenue spiking with a team in LA. But as long as revenue sharing is the rule in the NFL, a guy would need to be nuts to move there. He takes all the risk while the players and other owners get 98.5% of the benefit. No existing owner will do it. He knows this calculation too well. LA is leverage against your current home city, not a real alternative. If the NFL wants a team in LA, they need to find themselves a Ballmer, or they just might need to own it themselves.

  11. “Now that the liberals have decided that cheerleaders need to be paid, you can bet that will be tacked on to ticket prices”
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    Yeah, how dare dem libruls demand that people actually GET PAID while working for billionaires in the most profitable sport in history? When everyone knows that the good old days of slaves, child labor, company towns etc. is the good old conservative wonderland?

  12. Last I checked California was operating under a 8 billion dollar budget surplus, not bad for a BROKE state…

  13. Yeah, how dare dem libruls demand that people actually GET PAID while working for billionaires in the most profitable sport in history? When everyone knows that the good old days of slaves, child labor, company towns etc. is the good old conservative wonderland?
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    Or they are all dumped because they really add zero value to the team

  14. Maybe it won’t be returning to Los Angeles, PERIOD.

    To be frank, while I wish for the NFL return to L.A. For greater financial stability compared to St. Louis in San Diego, I am gaining greater anxiety that there will be even more regulations and more upcoming unforeseen obstacles that ceases this.

    I hope that the coliseum and dodger Stadium can host football teams, but when at least one major stadium goes away, my hope for Los Angeles hosting football gradually is doing the same.

  15. How embarrassing would it be if the LA Whoevers can’t sell out a 27,000-seat stadium? Do you tarp it off or put a few living-room throw rugs from WalMart over the seats?

  16. If this doesn’t speak volumes about the stupidity of the Spanos’ tactics (namely – the arrogant nonsense that comes out of Fabiani’s mouth every time he “talks” to the media), tell me what else you need. Actually, I start wondering whether the Chargers could be in desperation mode and trying to play hardball with SD in the hope that they can somehow squeeze public money out of them, since the situation in LA does not look exactly great.

    If I were the city of SD, I would just plan tearing the Qualcomm down in February 2016, since the LA Chargers are going to have plenty of options for their new home venue.

  17. This is getting hysterical! Entire cities falling all over each other to pay for billionaires tabs. AMAZING! How about funneling that money into really helping the people of Los Angeles, or San Diego, Oakland or St. Louis instead of putting in another place that charges $200 a seat, $30 to park and $15 for a beer?

  18. An LA team is a terrible idea. They had multiple chances. It is simply not a football city no matter how much they try and force it to be.

  19. I would love to see the Coliseum, Dodgers, and Stubhub Center really stick it to the NFL teams. Make them beg and pay through the nose. Leverage is a beautiful thing.

  20. The Rams belong in the LA area. Let LA have the Rams and make LA EARN another team over a period of time. LA has not earned 1 team let alone 3 teams. Lets see how LA does with the Rams over a period of time with some losing seasons. Why have 3 teams looking to relocate out of LA again in 10 years?

  21. I’m one who doesn’t care who plays where, as the games all look the same from my sofa.
    But its not a simple equation of “LA won’t support a team.” It’s not just LA that matters.

    As people do care where a team plays and base their rooting interest or interest in general on that.

    Why do we say things like The NHL would cry if Tampa and Columbus played for the cup (not sure if that is possible)? Or the NBA wants Celtics/Lakers, MLB wants the Yankees in the Series?
    Golden State/Cavs pulled in good numbers. But if the Splash Brothers and the rest of the Warriors put on Laker uniforms for the finals, the ratings would have been better. Heck, even if the current Lakers played (as bad as they were) the ratings would still be higher because too many people root for laundry.
    People generally don’t care what the Reds do. But if Cincy and the Yankees traded every player, those former Reds would be “interesting” to the causal fan in Mississippi and he’d watch them.

    So yes, LA may not pay attention to their new team(s), but the TV numbers nationwide will be better when the Chargers or Rams are on.

    I expect the Raiders could play in Topeka and draw ratings.

  22. @cpc74 says:
    Jul 18, 2015 1:46 PM
    Last I checked California was operating under a 8 billion dollar budget surplus, not bad for a BROKE state…
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    That might be the case for this fiscal budget year but I believe they have a lot of bonds out there that covered deficits in past years that need to be paid off. They are doing much better now at the expense of the taxpayers.

  23. “Actually was democrats who supported slavery. Get your history right.”

    Democrats, but not liberals.

    In the mid-19th century, the liberals were Republicans.

    Get your history right. There’s a good reason 95% of blacks vote for Democrats. They noticed that all the racists switched parties.

    Crack open a history book and look up “southern strategy”.

  24. It’s not a good idea for the owners to abandon a market, even for a larger one. The idea is to get the large market without sacrificing fans.

    The league needs to expand into L.A. and keep what they already have. Nobody is forcing them out. Also, with an expanded league they could rightfully expand the playoffs. And with all the owners simply drawing down profits from a single pile, they don’t even need a new owner.

    Some say the owner’s indifference to the game and the fans is just business. It is. It’s just bad business.

  25. LA resident and homeowner checking in. We refuse to allow a single cent of taxpayer money to be used to build the lavish stadiums for multi billionaires. Unlike the desperate ones in St Louis, our politicians know they’d be committing political suicide if they allowed money to used for a stadium that will sit empty 350 days per year.

    Watch the clip by John Oliver on why it’s a horrible idea to use public money for stadiums.

  26. $8 billion dollar surplus? When’s the last time you checked, 1968?

    It’s actually pretty easy to look up. The biggest fights you’ll see in the legislature will be how to allocate it, I’m quite sure the school system will see a fair share but they have been keeping the purse strings tight so far.

  27. For a temp home what about Sam Boyd stadium in Vegas? Seats 40k I think. 4h away of course from LA.

    Given the gambling connections the NFL would never see the light of day, but would love to be in that meeting when the suggestion was made as Gödel and the NFL league execs almost choke when it’s brought up.

  28. Gee, what a great idea. Let’s not put just one, but TWO teams in an area that already failed as a good home to NFL teams…all of which happened BEFORE the social media and multitasking mentality of people today. Let’s make this really good by charging NFL prices for a temporary stadium that doesn’t meet NFL venue standard. Me thinks there is one each aging NFL commish and a few owners out there with one foot in the grave already who are dying to leave some sort of NFL legacy, logic be dammed.

  29. As someone in Calif……….LA’ers couldn’t care any less about having an NFL team or two back in LA.

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    S0 true.

    LA is overrated, overcrowded, dirty, the beaches are terrible (cold water and bums everywhere.) The state is running out of water at an alarming rate, they have the worst gun laws in the country.

    They have n0 fan base what so ever, for any of their sports, hence the reason an NFL team has FAILED there already 3 times over.

    LA SUCKS!!!

  30. That might be the case for this fiscal budget year but I believe they have a lot of bonds out there that covered deficits in past years that need to be paid off. They are doing much better now at the expense of the taxpayers.
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    You don’t get to count future bond payments as current expenses, nor are you broke if you have a mortgage. Bonds are – in CA – not used to cover debts. They’re used for infrastructural investment. Even if they were used to cover debt, they’ll be paid by taxes in future years. That’s how bonds – just like a mortgage – work. Bond payments are just another type of expense on the ledger of the current fiscal year.

  31. To me, the idea of teams in LA are all about the networks. They likely are pressuring the NFL to get 1-2 teams in LA for one simple reason: So they can have stars of their shows “be seen at the game,” mainly trying to get female fans who often watch Lakers games solely to see who is there.

    LA has been a LAKERS town first and foremost and has been for at least 35 years dating back to the “showtime” Lakers of the ’80s. It’s been the one city for at least that long where the NBA trumps the NFL and likely always will. Even with the Lakers as bad as they have been in recent years that has and will continue to be the case.

  32. As of the 2000 census Portland was the 2nd largest metropolitan area in the lower 48 without an NFL team. The metro population is about 2.3 million. I’m not sure what size the media market is but it more than has enough population to support a franchise. I don’t live in Portland but i do reside in the Pac northwest & know that we’d love to have a team in Portland. At least they love the teams they do have & season tickets would sell out in hours if not minutes. Why force the issue in LA or at the very least if 3 teams want out of their cities why do all 3 or even 2 need to go to the same city. Give one to LA, San Antonio is clamoring for a team & give another team to the northwest. The NFL would have the benefit of 3 major markets & at least 2 of those cities would be a brand new fan base & virgin NFL market.

  33. Instead of 2 NFL teams, they should place all the teams in the prospective NFL D League in L.A.

    They could call it the Los Angeles Football League (LAF)

  34. Herein lies the problem:
    California is broke and the vast majority of new Californians pay negative taxes. Therefore, LA will demand that the new team (and the NFL) foot the bill for the entire stadium.
    If this happens, then after the stadium is built and operating, the local and national sports media will cry that “the community makes no money from the stadium” blah blah blah.
    Then a negative PR campaign will be mounted against the NFL and the team owner for being “greedy” and not “giving back” enough.
    Then the NFL and the team will leave LA, again.

  35. S0 true.

    LA is overrated, overcrowded, dirty, the beaches are terrible (cold water and bums everywhere.) The state is running out of water at an alarming rate, they have the worst gun laws in the country.

    They have n0 fan base what so ever, for any of their sports, hence the reason an NFL team has FAILED there already 3 times over.

    LA SUCKS!!!

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    Another jealous tool from a flyover state. The reality is nobody knows if the NFL will succeed until we get a new stadium with a decent owner. Something we have NEVER had in L.A.
    We had Georgia Frontiere and Al Davis and two lousy stadiums that seated over 100,000.

    All our local teams draw well including the Dodgers that lead MLB attendance.

    Southern California has a new generation of fans born and raised here that want a local team to call their own. I believe the Rams should be the team that calls L.A. home and keep the Chargers in San Diego.

  36. calvinthegreat82 says:

    As someone in Calif……….LA’ers couldn’t care any less about having an NFL team or two back in LA.

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    S0 true.

    LA is overrated, overcrowded, dirty, the beaches are terrible (cold water and bums everywhere.) The state is running out of water at an alarming rate, they have the worst gun laws in the country.

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    Were you planning on bringing guns to a game?

    Also it’s noticeable that you post the same thing every time LA is mentioned anywhere.

  37. 00otto says:
    Jul 18, 2015 1:53 PM
    Yeah, how dare dem libruls demand that people actually GET PAID while working for billionaires in the most profitable sport in history? When everyone knows that the good old days of slaves, child labor, company towns etc. is the good old conservative wonderland?
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    Or they are all dumped because they really add zero value to the team

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders bring in $1,000,000 per season for the Cowboys. I’d hardly call that zero value.

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