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Old 11-25-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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I would say "fair weather" is the chief reason. I know people out there and when asked about it, they all shrug their shoulders and state, "Now we get more games!" Compare that response to when the Colts left Baltimore.

I actually liked the Rams when they were out there. Roman Gabriel, Vince Ferragamo, Pay Hayden, Deacon Jones, etc. George Allen brought some of his boys to the Skins and they were called the Ramskins. Hard to get excited about them in St Louis.

Nonetheless, there is something strange about the 2nd biggest market being devoid of the NFL.
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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LA has many other distractions: USC vs. UCLA rivalry, Anaheim Angels, LA Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers... That plus they let the other franchises slip away. Pretty big movement now to try and move a team there tho.
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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I think that the Jaqs are moving to LA.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:03 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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PLEASE, GOD NO!

If the Jaguars should move anywhere it would be San Antonio. They care a hell of alot more about football in that city than in L.A., apparently.

L.A. had their chance to get a team in 2002 and FAIL'D! Besides, it would make more sense in that you wouldn't have to worry about switching divisions around. San Antonio is in the south, L.A. isn't.
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Here is why teams moved:

Rams
The team was at the L.A. Coliseum starting in 1946 and remained there until 1980. The Rams were frustrated with the old age of the historic Coliseum and the lack of luxury box seats. The stadium was built in 1923 and has restrictions on what could be renovated due to its historic status. The city was also not willing to cough up the money to renovate the stadium for the team. The location in South Central Los Angeles (a rough area, especially in 1980), rolling blackouts, and a lack of parking in dense South Central contributed to the move to Orange County.

The team moved to Anaheim in Orange County and at first the stadium at least had a press box, luxury boxes, and more modern features. Georgia Frontiere in the mid-90's was looking at other cities to persuade Anaheim to give a tax break and also help finance new luxury boxes. Anaheim was broke in the 90's due to a bankruptcy of Orange County government in 1994 hitting cities like Anaheim hard. St. Louis offered a brand new stadium and tax breaks Anaheim couldn't afford and thus they moved.


Raiders (1982-1994):
The Raiders played at the Coliseum, with owner Al Davis being promised the addition of TONS of luxury boxes and lucrative club seats to raise revenue. He also thought the NFL was going to go pay-per-view, thus allowing him to capture the large L.A. audience. The Raiders became associated with L.A. gangs in South Central at the time, scaring away some higher paying fans (80's and 90's were bad in L.A. with riots and stuff right in South Central). In 1994 the 6.7 magnitude Northridge Earthquake damaged the historic 1923 era Coliseum. Funds that were to go into improving the stadium with luxury box seats had to go to structural repairs. Davis was fed up with the slow pace of improvements and moved to Oakland's stadium again.

Los Angeles' biggest problem is its only football venues are old and lack luxury features. The 1923 era Coliseum in South L.A. adjacent to the USC campus is in a crowded dense neighborhood with 20,000 people per square mile, has very little parking, is an old stadium, has no luxury box seats, no club seats, and is in the "ghetto", etc... The other option is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, however its location in a ravine and horrendous traffic does not make it an ideal location. For example, parking is on top of a golf course. It also needs extensive renovation being built in 1922 and the NFL, city, and stadium owner can't agree. The residents of Pasadena voted in 2006 to prevent the stadium from getting the NFL.

This is the most likely stadium to be built by Edward P. Roski who is a billionaire that helped finance the Staples Center. Using private funds, he might get this through. He plans to build the stadium into a hill to use less steel and save on money. It will be in the city of Industry, which exists as a city to be a tax haven for industrial businesses. The biggest issue is it is fairly far out, 26 miles from Downtown L.A., but is virtually at the center of where the Inland Empire, Orange County, and Los Angeles County meet.
http://blogs.uscannenberg.org/neontommy/StadiumFireworks_f.jpg (broken link)
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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The league promised Birmingham a team back when the USFL went under.

LA has had four teams and barely supported them.
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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give'm the Browns, Cleveland fans are use to their team cutting and running.
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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If you started with a new expansion team, what would you call them?
The LA Paprazzies?
The LA Celebrities?
The Hollywood Stars?
The Paris Hilton Harem?
The LA Gang Bangers?
The LaRaza?
The LA LowRiders?
The LA Homies?
The LA Rehab?
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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The league promised Birmingham a team back when the USFL went under.

LA has had four teams and barely supported them.
There is no way that Birmingham will have an NFL team. NO WAY
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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There is no way that Birmingham will have an NFL team. NO WAY
I agree. There is not enough people down there to support an NFL team. What's more, they would have to name the team the Alabama Bears and the helmet would have Bear Bryant's face on it.
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