As the owners of the Rams, Raiders and Chargers all consider a move to Los Angeles, the owners of the NFL’s other 29 teams are taking their time about deciding which franchise or franchises they will permit to move.
Jets owner Woody Johnson said today that a decision on which team will move to Los Angeles may not come until March.
That’s going to put all three teams in an awkward position. Under ordinary circumstances, teams ask season ticket holders to renew their tickets for 2016 before the 2015 season ends. But why would any fan in St. Louis, Oakland or San Diego agree to buy season tickets for 2016 when they don’t even know if their team is going to be in town in 2016?
Moving an NFL franchise to a new city will be a huge logistical challenge for that team, and for the entire league. You’d think the league would want to spend the entire offseason getting its new Los Angeles team ready. Instead, the league may take the first few months of 2016 to make up its mind about Los Angeles.