There has been a lot of attention paid to the sports teams in the Los Angeles area lately, from the sale of the Dodgers, to the massive spending of the Angels, the massive drop off of the Lakers, the recent scandal that led to the sale of the Clippers, and the Kings aiming for another Stanley Cup sports in the area has dominated the scene as of late. (espn) There has been talk for years about the fact that the NFL isn’t represented in the largest sports market in America, yet there are teams in other areas that struggle to get fans into the stadium for games, it doesn’t seem to make sense to exclude the area that could make the most impact while others underperform. (morningjournal) With the sale of the Dodgers and Clippers setting the price range for teams in Los Angeles at the two billion dollar make it begs the question of exactly what an NFL franchise could go for in the market, with estimates that it could easily be double what the other two franchises fetched. (foxsports) The question has been batted about for a while now, and the more it’s brought up the question seems to be more of when someone will get there than it is of if they’ll go, and the list of potential candidates seems to grow each year. (nfl)
With all the rumors of teams that could split from their current homes and head to the City of Angels in order to find success there are some teams that seem much more interesting than others, and at least one I would hate to see leave their current location as someone who grew up as a fan of their franchise. (cbssports) The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to be the most likely candidate currently, at least in most circles, with San Diego and Buffalo as the next two likely options, I would prefer Buffalo stay put and of the two other options San Diego could have the best bet, personally I would prefer to see Jacksonville move down to Orlando anyway. (profootballtalk) There has been talk amongst owners that teams will be moving to Los Angeles in favor of an expansion franchise, with Jerry Jones even positing that two teams could make the leap instead of just one. (yahoo) The latest comments in the eventual lead to LA were captured from Stephen Ross, the man who owns the Miami Dolphins, stating he see it happening in the next five years, although he made it clear his franchise wouldn’t be the one moving as he’s trying to upgrade Miami’s home in order to land more Super Bowls and other massive events. (profootballtalk) It’ll be interesting to watch things unfold, especially now that there are teams in play and the price range has been set in the multibillion dollar range.