Hey, everyone welcome to this week's NFL@LA chat. Let's get started.
Hey truly sorry I missed your last chat... was in a brief coma after reading my Vikings moved up to #2 on your list to move to L.A.! My question is will the passing of the only cooler owner than me, Al Davis, affect the possibility of the Radiers moving instead?
Haha. Glad to see you back. I think they are now in the conversation, whereas before I never really considered them because Al Davis did not want to sell his team, was not in a position to sell 30 percent (because he only owns 46 percent) and did not want to share the L.A. stadium or market with another team.
When would a team have to agree to move here by to make Super Bowl 50 a possibility?
I think a team would have to move to Los Angeles by 2012 and construction would have to start before the announcement in October. I can't imagine the league awarding Super Bowl 50 to a city without a team and to a stadium which hasn't even started construction.
I can't see an expansion team making it a league of 33 teams, which team would you like to see relocated to Los Angeles - Chargers, Jaguars or Raiders or do you have your personal choice?
You're right about expansion. That's not happening anytime soon. I think the Chargers make the most sense. They can't get a new stadium in San Diego, are willing to sell 36 percent of the team to the highest bidder and would only be a two-hour drive from their current fan base.
Did you ever knew Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis who Passed Away at the age of 82 on October 8?
I never got a chance to meet Al Davis. I saw him from afar during the handful of Raiders games I've covered but never spoke to him.
Would la fans be happy if the Rams were back?
Yes. There's grassroots movement by old L.A. Rams fans to get the team to comeback. They have a group on Facebook of close to 4,000 fans and they are having an event at L.A. Live next week with Jack Youngblood.
Why are the seats purple in the Farmers Field picture? Are you guys trying to toy with me?
Haha. Settle down Zygi. I'm sure that was just a coincidence.
With things changing in Oakland over the week and the recent troubles in Minnesota...Will there be a race for the Chargers, Vikings, or Raiders to get their deal worked out with AEG first and not get left behind?
Yeah. I think things will start to heat up now. Remember, the project needs one team to get off the ground and the stadium could always house two teams. I would guess by 2016, you'll see an AFC and an NFC team in Los Angeles and I think it will be the Chargers and Rams.
do u think that the 49ers are for real?
Yes, I learned a long time ago to never bet against Jim Harbaugh.
Does the death of AL Davis do anything to the order of which team is favored to come to LA?
I think it moves the Raiders up the list if Carol and Mark Davis are willing to sell the team, which I believe they would be willing to do so. Remember, Carol is about the same age as Al and when she passes Mark would be stuck paying estate taxes so I think, in time, they would be looking to sell the team. If they did move to L.A., the Chargers would be stuck in San Diego without a stadium and I think the Rams would move back to L.A. Think about the that, 20 years after leaving L.A. if the Rams and Raiders moved back with new owners.
Thanks for all your hard work at keeping us up to date on this issue. Don't let the haters who accuse you of being biased get you down. They are simply clueless.
Thanks RH. I'm just trying to present the facts. I'm like a lot of you guys, I just want the NFL back in L.A. I don't care where they play.
Bears & Jets on Bye wk 8. Sould I drop Bears for Cards, Seahawks, Raiders,Titans
Raiders. Something tells me they'll be playing with a lot of emotion on Sunday. The first game back in Oakland since Al Davis passed.
When we move back.. Can I crash on your couch a few days until I find a place? Seriously, it seems the NFL wants a NFC presence in LA and what team makes better sense than my Rams? The history is there.. 50 years worth of ties to the locale.. Plenty of franchise fans still there who are clamoring for the return.. the marketing seems to be a no brainer. Should I just use some of my wal-mart pocket change and buy out the lease here in St Louis?
Haha. Something tells me you won't have a hard time finding a place to stay in L.A. if you move the Rams back.
Can the Raiders move next year? Or does Lease prevent that?
The Raiders' lease to play at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expires after the 2013 season
Leases, however, are usually breakable or can be negotiated if it is clear a team will leave. It's kind of like a team with a free agent. If you know you're going to lose the free agent in a year, you're better off getting something in return. In the case of Oakland, that might be a nice big check from either AEG or Majestic.
What specifically Does the NFL not like about the Farmers Field Proposal and what needs to change for the NFL to Like the Farmers Field Proposal all the way?
They don't like the fact that AEG would share in the revenue of suite, club seat and stadium naming rights and sponsorship sales. It's the same deal AEG has with the Lakers, who by the way are the most valuable franchise in the NBA. 27 of the 32 NFL owners probably wouldn't go for such a deal but for the five teams AEG is talking to, they'd actually be making twice as much as they currently do under AEG's model. The NFL also doesn't like that AEG wants to buy a percentage of the team at a discount because AEG is privately financing the stadium and taking all the risk in building it. That's something I think can be negotiated. I'm sure the NFL also has parking and tailgating concerns which is part of the NFL fan experience but the first two points are the biggest.
The Roski group has dominated the headlines recently and it seems as though AEG has stayed relatively quiet during this time....Is this an obvious strategy on the latter's part?
The big news I guess is Roski said he no longer wants to get a "meaningful" percentage of an NFL team for free (which was never going to happen) and is now willing to pay market rate (which might happen). The problem is under that scenario the NFL owner would have to still figure out a way to privately finance the stadium, which is a huge roadblock. Farmers Field has constantly been in the news over the past year and I'm sure we'll hear from them again soon enough.
Do Pat Haden and Lane Kiffin have a good relationship?
I would call their relationship a working relationship.
Why wouldn't the Jags be a contender to move? Have you ever seen those empty seats? I could probably build a stadium with all that plastic!
Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver isn't looking to sell the team or move the team or sell the team to someone who wants to move the team. They also have a pretty hard to break stadium lease that runs through 2029. Plus, it looks like their attendance has turned around and is much better than it was a couple of years ago.
Is it possible Los Angeles could have three teams at one point? I don't understand why both stadiums can't be built.
It is not financially feasible to have two stadiums of that size built 20 miles from each other. I think Los Angeles will have one team by 2013 and possibly two teams by 2015. I don't see them having three teams.
What are the chances LA has a team by 2013? 2014? 2015? Never?
I think the odds are better than 50-50 for 2013. I think if it doesn't happen by then, the odds drop as does AEG. I don't see AEG sticking around if they don't get a team by 2013.
OK, well, that's it for this week's NFL@LA chat. See you guys next week.