There has been significant talk recently about finally getting a team in Los Angeles. There has not been a team in Los Angeles since 1994 when both the Rams and Raiders moved out of town. I am very familiar with Los Angeles and it is in fact probably my favorite city outside of Boston. The fact of the matter is, LA is the second biggest media market in the world and it is completely ridiculous that there has not been an NFL team there in over 20 years. The NFL already brings in the most money out of any major North American professional sports league, but still there are major opportunities being missed.
There are currently three teams that are ready to move right now if they could. The San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams. There have been multiple proposals by each of these teams and the consensus is that Ram’s owner Stan Kroenke has the best proposal. He is proposing a newly built stadium and massive outdoor shopping center in Inglewood, CA.
It would essentially be a bigger version of Patriot Place, bringing revenue and tourism into Inglewood, which currently isn’t the nicest part of LA (putting it lightly).
All sounds great right? Not so fast.
The commish himself has been holding up this process the past several months. Kroenke has made it clear he is ready and has been for some time now, but apparently this is moving too fast for Goodell’s brain to handle. Goodell insists on delaying this process unessesarily just because he can. He is a complete idiot. If he cannot realize how great a proposal Kroenke has set up, then he is not competent enough to be commissioner of this league.
This is not the first time Goodell has unessesarily delayed the process of bringing a team to LA. Ed Roski, billionare Real Estate Devloper of Los Angeles, who owns the Staples Center, had a proposal for a stadium in LA back in 2009. The stadium was going to be right next to the Staples Center within LA Live. The project was estimated to cost $800 million and Roski had everything set in motion, but Goodell again stepped in the way and refused to allow the Jaguars to be sold to Roski. Hopefully sometime in the near future a team will get to LA or Goodell will be gone.
By Spencer Roush @Spence_BBS