Los Angeles set for NFL franchise according NFL owners

Published Add your comment

With three NFL teams running year-by-year stadium leases, the rumours of a potential franchise in LA have gathered serious momentum over the past months.

St Louis, San Diego and Oakland are the teams with the short leases and are reportedly unhappy with their current stadiums.

Related Articles

Rick Ross wants to become Miami Dolphins owner
New York Giants stars anger rivals after role in Super Bowl failure photo

One or two teams

Different owners feel differently about the idea of a new LA franchise, but that doesn't mean its not going to happen. This Wednesday, in the week of the owners meetings held in New York, owners got a status update from league officials regarding Los Angeles.

New York Giants co-owner John Mara however, went on record and said he believes the Rams aren't shoe ins for LA but there will be a franchise in Los Angeles sooner rather than later:

“I think it’s a lot more complicated than that,” Mara said. “There are other teams that are interested, and that’s going to be a complicated situation to sort through....Do I think we’re going to be in L.A. within the next few years? Yeah, I think somebody’s going to be there.”

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is also hopeful that a franchise would return to LA but said they are "far from any resolutions, but we're optimistic something might happen."

The rumors were fuelled when Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a 60 acre plot of land next to the Forum in LA last December, and last week ProFootballTalk reported that the NFL has plans to move one or two teams to LA within 12 to 24 months and for years it has viewed LA as a two-team market that should have a stadium that is two-team compliant, much like LA's basketball.

No jumping to conclusions

As always Commissioner Goodell was impartial when he was questioned on the topic, saying that until there's a clear opportunity then he wouldn't discuss the possibility of the move, but that it was a goal for the NFL: 

“What we want to do is make sure we’re doing the work to evaluate those alternatives, understand those alternatives, and if there’s an alternative that makes sense, bring that to the membership. Until we do that I couldn’t make any projections about whether we’re close or not. To me, at the end of the day it’s not about whether we’re closer, it’s about whether we get there.”

Probably the most convinced about the idea of an LA franchise was Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross:

"I know L.A. and I know a lot that's going on in L.A. because we do a lot of work out there," Ross said. "I know the league wants it, and they'll find a way. Stay tuned."

We will Stephen, we will.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Oakland Raiders
Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NFL Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again