Friday, June 10, 2011
Chargers, Raiders targeted by L.A. group
By Bill Williamson
Two AFC West teams are reportedly in the mix to move to Los Angeles.
According to the Orange County Register, five teams are being targeted to move into a proposed Los Angeles stadium. AEG president Tim Leiweke told the newspaper he had spoken to officials of five teams about a potential purchase and move to Los Angeles, spearheaded by billionaire Philip Anschutz.
The five teams are Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland, St. Louis and Jacksonville.
In some ways, this is nothing new. Those have been the teams most mentioned with a possible move to Los Angeles. However, the fact that Leiweke went on the record about specific teams is significant.
Still, I don’t think it is time for Oakland and San Diego fans to panic. There is a lot of work to be done, and those other three teams are just as likely candidates to move as are Oakland and San Diego.
Also, I don’t see Al Davis, 81, selling the majority share of the Raiders. The Raiders are Davis’ life. I could see him offering more minority shares, and I could maybe even see him entertaining the thought of moving back to Los Angeles if the price is right, but what the Raiders most want is a new stadium in Oakland.
As for San Diego, the team is interested in getting a downtown San Diego stadium. There are many hoops and if that plan fizzles, a short move north to Los Angeles could be a possibility.
So, this development is certainly interesting and it is worth monitoring. But I don’t suggest anyone booking a flight to Hollywood just yet.