Hey, everybody, it’s time to write about how L.A. still doesn’t have an NFL team again!

The Los Angeles Daily News has a long article about the fight to get an NFL team back in Los Angeles, but I’ll spare you reading all of it except the most important bit:

What the heck is going on and how closer are we today to enticing the NFL back to Los Angeles than we were a year or even six months ago?

The answer is difficult to gauge.

Sports columnist Vincent Bonsignore goes on for another 986 words, but doesn’t get any closer to gauging it. The life of a sports columnist, people.

10 comments on “Hey, everybody, it’s time to write about how L.A. still doesn’t have an NFL team again!

  1. I’ve always wondered why some things end up “back” in the news more because:

    1) Sportswriters don’t like to look for stories on unpleasant days

    2) Sportswriters are terrified that if their team’s pet project falls off the “recent stories” list their jobs will end

    3) Those who stand to make boatloads of money (much of it in the form of tax dollar transfers, generally) either encourage or actually pay to put the stories there

    4) When you are prevented by broadcast rights deals from reporting on the behavioural and criminal misdeeds of the local sports team’s stars, it turns out there isn’t actually that much to write about.

    5) Shilling for billionaires can be both fun and profitable

    etc etc.

    It’s not absolutely impossible that Jones and the NFL are actually working on something concrete behind the scenes. Even if it’s a logical move like shipping the Rams (which are the most portable franchise on the market at this point… Raiders or Chargers next up?) back to LA, though, there is much to be done before hand.

    There is no stadium beyond the same two the league left in 1994/5. The Rose Bowl is in the midst of upgrades (I think), but none of these will bring it anywhere close to NFL calibre. Add to that, the fact that NFL doesn’t get all the ancillary revenues from the Rose Bowl while sticking taxpayers with all the operating costs… and even as a short term measure (3-4 years) to house an NFL team it looks unappetizing from the NFL’s bloodsucking perspective.

    If anything, I’d class the coliseum as an even less likely temporary home for a team, given USC’s level of control over the building these days.

    When one of the two (sort of) NFL stadium projects actually starts moving dirt and spending money in a big way, I will believe a relocation/expansion is on the horizon. Until then, LA will have to make do with the professional team they have now… USC.

  2. John,

    Please elaborate on your statement:

    “4) When you are prevented by broadcast rights deals from reporting on the behavioural and criminal misdeeds of the local sports team’s stars, it turns out there isn’t actually that much to write about.”


  3. Scott:
    Sorry if I wasn’t clear…. What I mean by that is that the reporters for rights holders are often “discouraged” from covering certain aspects of the team or player’s conduct.

    In many cases, the on air personnel for TV rights holders are employed essentially at the whim of the team itself, as the teams (or league itself in some cases) have the right of approval for the on air talent.

    There are some notable exceptions to this tendency: when Bob Brenly worked for WGN, he was not opposed to calling the Cubs a “dead assed team” for example, or making negative comments about the appalling behaviour of individual players (Zambrano springs to mind). That said I don’t recall him ever commenting on anything that happened outside the stadium (arrests, general poor conduct etc).

    I don’t believe the network announcers for the Ravens or Panthers ever once referenced either Ray Lewis or Rae Carruth’s “off field issues”, and while Patriots games frequently include reference to the injured Gronkowski, I haven’t heard them mention Aaron Hernandez at all. The news programs cover it (though I’m told by friends around Boston that it was covered less there than around the country in general), but as far as NFL’s licensed broadcast partners are concerned, neither Hernandez or Carruth seems to have ever existed.

    It is less of an issue with print media, as they generally are not rights holders in the traditional sense. However, historically, home town newspapers were sometimes reluctant to cover the carousing and misdeeds of their own talent (think Ruth, Mantle etc).

  4. John, not sure about the Rams, but the Chargers finally have started exploring putting a stadium where they always should have been looking in the first place… their own parking lot. The land is already in city hands, the cleanup would be borne by the gas company that created the mess in the first place, and the infrastructure is all there already.

    It’s the cheapest and easiest way to get a ballpark done. But any further work is on hold until after a new mayor is put into office. Any work with the Chargers has been on a nearly year long hiatus as the city dealt with the previous sexual predator mayor and his ouster. Luckily for the Chargers both new guys in the run off mayor election are stadium friendly, particularly the presumptive winner who has the full backing of developer interests like the Union Tribune owner Doug Manchester and his cronies at the Lincoln Club. I wouldn’t be surprised if they get something done in the next year or two given the soon to be elected stadium friendly leadership and the Chargers finally getting off their downtown fantasy.

  5. We don’t want a team in L.A. We’d need some deep-pocketed schmuck to join the club of 32 and pay us off big time for that to happen. You don’t think we’re gonna let one of our own move there without us wettin’ our beaks do you? Ha! Who among us would say to the rest of the mob, ‘Yeah, go take that market and double your revenue while we get squat’? Not gonna happen, capiche?

    Truthfully, only a megabillionaire can afford the stadium, the team, the rights fees, all of it, cuz those bum pols in L.A. are so hardened to our schtick. They won’t squeeze a nickel out of their collective asses to fund us, and we can’t threaten them with a move to L.A. to make it happen (the irony of this is so rich!).

    That’s why real megabillionaires like Anschutz just take a pass. The numbers don’t add up. They haven’t added up for 18 years. They only add up when we get public trough money to build a gold plated football Taj Mahal somewhere. Articles about the NFL in L.A. never really say it because the reporters are too lazy to dig out the facts, but i’s like we hope some rich guy or company will do it as a vanity project, lol.

    Anyway, the t.v. money flows in and the ratings in L.A. for our product are sky high, which pretty much means who cares about putting a team there? L.A. is the greatest stick in a stick and carrot routine ever devised. How many billions have we extorted out of cities across the land just by mouthing the words “Los Angeles”? My own gilded palace is on the way for just that reason, thanks to the suckers, err, taxpayers of Minnesota.

    And a hearty thanks to Vincent Bonsignore for stoking the coals for us. We couldn’t do it without lazy reporters like you, Vince. You work a lot cheaper than those expensive pols we have to keep buying off, by god.

    You know, while I was writing this my ITunes started playing “L.A. Woman” by the Doors. You wanna be a lucky little lady in the city of light? Then pony up for a stadium so we can party down on Super Sunday in SoCal, rubes. The chilled champagne and caviar and lucky little ladies will be ready in the hotel suites and luxury boxes for the club of 32 to enjoy… yeehaw!!!

  6. Think about it. The Lakers moved to LA. The Dodgers moved to LA. The Clippers moved to LA. The Lakers and Dodgers were very established franchises. Granted the Kings were an expansion team, and the Orange Co. teams were expansion teams. But the top 2 franchises (Lakers and Dodgers) were built and very competitive by the time they got to Tenciltown. I believe LA doesn’t want an NFL team unless its on the level of the Lakers and Dodgers. In other words, somebody needs to move in order to satisfy LA.

  7. Dan:

    It’s a fair comment that the best location for a new Chargers stadium is probably the present site. I’m sure San Diegans in some areas feel that that site is not ideal and have legitimate beefs about it, but over the 40 years (?) JMS has been where it is, infrastructure has developed or adapted to serve it. If there are gripes about no “stadium development” surrounding the facility, well, surely that can be built cheaper than land can be assembled in a location where bars and other entertainment options already exist?

    I don’t think there is any “ideal” location to plop a 70,000 seat stadium down in any city… they always cause problems of one kind or another (even if the problems are limited to 4-6 very expensive inner city blocks no longer generating any property tax revenue…).

    As with Oakland, however, I’m thinking the location is less of an issue than who will pay for the majority of it.

  8. @ Dan

    No chance of getting a new stadium in San Diego as long as the cancerous Spanos expects taxpayers to pay for it.

    Alvarez will get Fletcher’s votes and is going to win with a much larger voter turnout, and he is not supporting a taxpayer funded stadium. It will never pass a public vote.

    Chargers are just stringing the city along, getting the most out of the remaining 7 years of their sweetheart lease.

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