NFL approves two new teams in L.A.

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  • #17106
    paulwalker
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    In a flip of earlier reports, the Rams and the Chargers are approved for moving to L.A. This is the latest, after the initial reports that it would the Raiders and Chargers.

    These two teams would share a new Inglewood stadium, near the old famed “Forum”.

    Also, this will allow the Seahawks to stay in the NFC, as bringing the Raiders and Chargers would have meant an NFC team would have had to change conferences, likely Seattle, as two AFC teams in LA would lead to a monopoly in the lucrative NFL tv alignment.

    #17115
    Brianl
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    The Rams are moving, and Stan Kroenke can build his new $1.8 billion palace where the old Hollywood Park horsetrack was.

    The Chargers aren’t joining them YET, as they have a year to decide.

    IMHO, the NFL needs the Los Angeles market more than Los Angeles needs the NFL.

    #17116
    Dxer1969
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    It will be good for the city and the league. Never could understand the whole LA thing. If ever there was a overall good football city, it would be LA. Glad they have a franchise again.

    #17121
    duxrule
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    If LA was such a great football city, why did the Rams leave in the first place? I understand the NFL’s giant boner for trying to get into the LA market, but TWO teams? That makes no sense at all, either from a financial or a fan standpoint.

    #17122
    Brianl
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    From a fan standpoint, I think it doesn’t matter too much.

    From a financial standpoint, it’s a slam dunk. It will increase revenue by a huge margin, and since the NFL has revenue sharing, that will benefit every single other franchise in the league. Small-market teams like Green Bay, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Indianapolis, etc. will benefit greatly.

    #17123
    duxrule
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    Perhaps in the short term. No one is going to make money if there’s no fan interest, and history shows quite clearly that there’s not a lot of NFL interest in LA, particularly for mercenary teams that have little to no connection to the area. Sure, the Rams were in LA for decades, but virtually all of those fans are dead. This is all about putting some additional lining in the pockets of men who already have billions. It has NOTHING to do with improving the league or the fan experience. Watch what happens in 10 years, when these guys are complaining that they’re not making any money in LA.

    #17128
    Brianl
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    They will make money in Los Angeles, because of two things – corporate sponsorship (not to mention luxury suite sales to those corporate interests) and the league’s revenue sharing ensures that all franchises make money.

    I agree, after the shine wears off, fan interest might well be tepid, at best, but between the revenue generated from sponsorships, luxury suites and the league, Stan Kroenke will come out smelling like a rose. Add in that either the Chargers or Raiders will be at least a tenant on the Inglewood stadium (on land Kroenke already owns, and from my understanding a 100% privately funded stadium owned by Kroenke), and he is going to come out smelling like a rose.

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