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New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Posted on: December 16, 2010 8:43 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- The chatter surrounding an NFL team moving to Los Angeles has been heavy in recent months.

Magic Johnson is on board with bringing football back to the City of Angels, Bob Kraft's waxed optimistic about the move, and at least two NFL teams (the Chargers and the Vikings) have suspect stadium situations that make them prime candidates to move.

However, don't expect news on the LaLa front any time too soon -- Roger Goodell stated in his press conference following the owners' meetings that the primary obstacle to professional football in Los Angeles is currently the lack of a labor deal.

"I've said the No. 1 thing to make the economics work in Los Angeles is a new collective bargaining agreement," Goodell said. "I don't think it's a coincidence that we have not had a new stadium built since we entered into this collective bargaining agreement in 2006.

"The Giants and Jets stadium, the Dallas stadium and Kansas City were all far along in the process or at least along in the process that it couldn't be reversed. The economics of trying to build a stadium in the Los Angeles market are challenging and part of that challenge is the collective bargaining agreement so we have to get that resolved."

Goodell makes a salient point -- it's often assumed that once a group can find the funding there will eventually be a team that wants to jump into the nation's second-largest market.

But with the possibility of no football at all looming large in 2011, can it be assumed that there'll be football in Los Angeles soon? Of course not.

In fact, Goodell's words may serve as a nice (albeit not direct in any way) warning to any groups that want to try and pack up a club and drag them into downtown L.A. -- it's not going to be as easy as it looks, unless the relationship between a city and a club just completely dissolve in a quick fashion.

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New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

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Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:34 am
 

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Foot in mouth Hey Lil'voices, If the Vikes were to move to LA. The Vikings would join the NFC west and the Rams would join the NFC north. The Rams have no say since they moved already.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:35 pm
 

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

You have a very good point about all the previous teams being other cities relocated franchises. Maybe there's a big reason for a lack of loyalty to the team in the past. Since L.A.'s first baby ran away at one year old...



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:58 pm
 

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Yo Magic doesn't want the stinking VIKES in La and neither do the fans. Its time for the NFL to expand. LA wants their own team. We been down the road of having another city's team. We need to build from ground up. A Euroteam should be added, perhaps London? That could be the commish's legacy. You know " World Unity thru NFL football". Then LA could have their NFL baby, watch it grow to SuperBowl Champs!



Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:58 pm
 

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Why didnt L.A. keep the Rams? If they could not keep the Rams then how are they going to support another team?



Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:56 pm
 

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Why didnt L.A. just keep the Rams. If they could not keep the Rams then how are they going to keep another team.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:13 pm
 

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

The only team I would be in favour of moving are the Cardinals (they are the experts after all, having done it enough times). If any of the others forementioned teams moves to LA it will result in issues like a west coast team playing in an East or North division, as no one else will be willing to swap divisions due to rivalries, etc.
The league cannot expand due to problems like having uneven divisions, unless it either expands by 4 teams and goes back to 3 divisions per conference (6 teams per division) or by 8 teams so to keep the current 8 divisiona. Are there 8 new cities out there who can support a NFL team? Also what about the already thin talent pool (Jeff George may get his wish to play again).
So when all is said and done the only two real choices are to move the Cardinals or LA remains without a team. I just hope no other team ever relocated to LA or anywhere else, other than the Bills to Toronto perhaps.



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:50 pm
 

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Snyder is all about the money. He is making good money so I don't think he'll go anywhere.

You are on point to the fact that skins fans are finally tiring the burgundy and gold sales spin. Every off season a couple of new free agents and maybe a new coach is acquired for top dollar.  The media starts beating the drums on how with these new players/coaches we now have what they need to win. The sad fact is it's been 20 years since they have been good and the fan base is sick of it. Yet the fans still shell out top team prices for the gameday experience. When fans actually stop coming (which will never happen) then maybe Snyder would then have a business reason to move.


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