February 04, 2012

Goodell Suggests 2-Team NFL Expansion: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a TV interview that if the NFL adds a franchise in Los Angeles, it would add a second to expand the league to 34 teams. The league "doesn't want to move any of our teams," Goodell said. "We would like to be back in Los Angeles if we can do it correctly."

posted by rcade to football at 08:07 AM - 8 comments

USC is coming back strong. Just make UCLA competitive again, and that'll be enough football for the LA market.

The league could put a new team in LA and one or more of the established franchises could still want to move at some point anyway.

We already know there's a van line service that can help a team slink out of town in the dead of night.

posted by beaverboard at 10:18 AM on February 04, 2012

"We would like to be back in Los Angeles if we can do it correctly."

You're the NFL, a multi-billion dollar behemoth. LA is the country's biggest media market. Explain to me how you're likely to screw it up. To me, that's code for, "You politicians better build me a stadium."

posted by yerfatma at 11:37 AM on February 04, 2012

Haven't they basically screwed it up twice already though? I admit I don't know much about the politics of the previous two attempts.

posted by feloniousmonk at 08:54 PM on February 04, 2012

They should try it anyway. LA needs a team. I'm sure there's some billionaire in the states that would love to own an NFL franchise and could pony up a big chunk of the cash for a stadium.

posted by insomnyuk at 10:02 PM on February 04, 2012

There was just an article about it in the New Yorker a couple weeks ago. They haven't really tried twice already so much as one guy was trying to get support for a stadium in the City of Industry, but that proposal ended up being overshadowed by AEG, which had a more realistic scenario with more backing, and is still trying to make the stadium happen. They're dealing with the politics and environmental reviews and all that now.

posted by LionIndex at 11:12 PM on February 04, 2012

By twice I was referring to the Rams and the Raiders, not the stadium stuff.

posted by feloniousmonk at 11:46 PM on February 04, 2012

Oh, well. The were both playing in antique stadiums, couldn't get the city to build new ones, and also the Raiders something something Al Davis.

posted by LionIndex at 01:58 AM on February 05, 2012

Maybe Mark Cuban would be interested since the MLB is not interested in his money. He may make a few waves here and there, but he is entertaining and tries to build winning programs.

posted by preacher81 at 12:58 PM on February 06, 2012

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