NFL@L.A.: expansion

Goodell: NFL not looking to expand

February, 3, 2012
2/03/12
10:43
AM PT
Los Angeles is back to square one.

Less than 24 hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league could expand to 34 teams if the NFL moved to Los Angeles, Goodell said his answer was merely a hypothetical response to a hypothetical question and the league does not plan on expanding.

“The question last night, very simply, was would you just expand by just one to Los Angeles,” Goodell said Friday. “I said no, if we ever expanded, you would expand by two, you wouldn’t expand by one team. We have not discussed expansion with the membership. I don’t see it on the agenda even for this March meeting. It’s not something we’re focused on as a league.”

The possibility of the NFL being open to expansion was a potential game-changer in Los Angeles' hopes of getting an NFL team. For the past ten years the only way the city could get an NFL team was by attracting a current franchise to relocate since the league said it would not expand. Obviously convincing an NFL team to leave their current market and move to another market which lost two NFL teams in 1995 is infinitely harder than simply having the league grant L.A. an expansion team.

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