NFL in Los Angeles: Owners, league officials regularly talking relocation
NFL powers are having conference calls to map out Los Angeles relocation plans.
With more teams than ever prepared to move to Los Angeles as soon as the 2015 season, and many of the NFL’s most influential owners bullish on getting franchises there as soon as possible (including Jerry Jones and Bob Kraft) there have been ongoing semi-regular conference calls taking place between small groups of owners and NFL officials regarding the topic, team and league sources said.
As reported last week, the Rams and Raiders would be moving forward with plans to move to LA now if not for the league’s overriding role in handling the process and its control of the process. The intent of multiple teams to get to LA in the near future is not lost on other owners and for the past six months or more there have been a series of calls between select owners and the NFL office discussing the array of plans and potential stadium projects in the area. The NFL has also begun surveying fans in that area about their willingness to spend certain thresholds of money on PSLs and seasons tickets should teams relocate to LA.
This topic could be raised in depth at the short December league meeting and NFL official Eric Grubman, who is spearheading the league’s LA initiative, briefed the owners on the situation two weeks ago at the fall league meeting in New York.
Before any vote was ever taken on a potential relocation of a franchise or franchises to Los Angeles, the league would have already done all of its due diligence on the project, ensured the influential stadium and finance committees were fully on board, and, in essence, the matter would never ever be allowed to be brought to a vote unless it was already certain there were 24 votes in the affirmative.
I continue to hear it's not out of the question two teams could announce their intent to move to Los Angeles for the 2015 season by the February deadline assuming a bevy of remaining hurdles are cleared, and two teams, the Rams and Raiders, have been engaged in active discussions exploring the LA market and stadium options. Many team and league officials say that if not by 2015, then by 2016 there will be a team or teams playing in the Rose Bowl on an interim basis while a new stadium is under construction.
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