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Old 01-30-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Ed Roski already has the plans laid out for the stadium complex in City of Industry, and is intent on breaking ground as soon as an NFL franchise is awarded (whittled down to the Jaguars or the Bills at this point). The governor is on board, the local media out there are on board, hard to imagine local politicians saying no to the estimated 18,000 jobs created in a depressed economy, so...really think this ain't gonna happen?

We used to go to Rams and Raiders games, and there was plenty of support for both. There are still tons of RaiderNation down in L.A., and they are dying to have another football team down there, especially if it's not called Chargers or 49ers (few Raider fans would tolerate such a thing).
How do we know? The numbers of SoCal fans who trek up here to Oakland to see a decidedly unfortunate team play on Sundays - dedication. L.A. Raider games at the monstrous Memorial Coliseum were notorious for being large gangbanger get-togethers as much as football games, but that was in another time, another place. No way the new team and game experience will be that bad, but management and security need to acknowledge some of that stuff may return. L.A. NFL fans can't live on Trojans and Bruins alone.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:35 AM
 
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There is simply not enough interest for NFL football in Los Angeles anymore. Its been 16 years since we had football here and for the most part people are resigned to the fact that the NFL isn't coming back here.
There is definitely an interest for NFL football in Los Angeles; notably from the NFL themselves as we are the second largest media market in the country.

Like the above poster stated, it now just boils down to franchise relocation.

We were supposed to get the the NFL's 32nd team but "super-agent" Mike Ovitz screwed it up for us so they awarded the team to Houston.

However, we will get a team. And soon too. If you don't want to support them, then that's your choice. But L.A. will have a team - and in your lifetime. Unless you plan on dying in the next couple of years.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Just an update, the Rams owners had 3 buyers. One was Dave Checketts, who owns the St. Louis Blues, the other was a Toronto group, and the third group was a mystery.

Turns out the mystery group was a man named Shahid Khan. He won the bid. He has lived in Southern Illinois for 40 years and had no intentions to move the Rams anywhere.

Rams will be sold to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan - STLtoday.com (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/rams/story/130588200E53CBEC862576C700219A8C?OpenDocument - broken link)

Granted, you can't predict the future, but it sounds like the Rams will stay.

As far as attendance, the Rams had (according to ESPN) 85% attendance last year, and the team was 1-15. I think 4 or 5 home games were blacked out last year, but I remember it seems like the games that were blacked out nearly sold out. They were a few thousand short.

I do have to say, for all the talk about a new LA stadium, of the final three bids, none were from LA.

Some LA fans may feel like St. Louis stole the Rams. But LA also stole the Dodgers.

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Old 02-11-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I doubt most Angelenos care if we ever get pro football back in L.A. The City of L.A. is now talking about laying off over 1,000 workers to balance the budget, so any money for a new stadium has to be privately funded. It's probably safe to say that the NFL cares more about us than we do about it.
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:09 AM
 
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a football stadium may employ those 1000 workers, or even more with the construction. I believe the one proposed is privately funded as well.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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No intelligent pro sports franchise owner wants anything to do with LA's politicians, who have a forty-plus-year long track record of meddling and incompetence; Mr. Roski undoubtedly know what the owners of the Rams, Dodgers, Raiders, Kings & Lakers have had to put up with, which is why that stadium site is nowhere near downtown LA.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:28 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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No intelligent pro sports franchise owner wants anything to do with LA's politicians, who have a forty-plus-year long track record of meddling and incompetence; Mr. Roski undoubtedly know what the owners of the Rams, Dodgers, Raiders, Kings & Lakers have had to put up with, which is why that stadium site is nowhere near downtown LA.
the kings and the lakers recently moved back to the city of LA (specifically downtown) so i'm not sure what exactly you're talking about.
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