How soon is too soon to point and laugh at the Los Angeles Rams for low attendance in their return to the nation’s second-largest city? Not now, anyway:
On Sunday, the Rams faced the Atlanta Falcons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and, based on the game’s attendance, the honeymoon is already over for the NFL in Hollywood. Either that or a lot of Rams fans came dressed as empty seats.
Embarrassing. They should move this team to a bigger market like Los Angeles. Oh, wait. pic.twitter.com/Oocjnzhs5m
— Matt Sebek (@MattSebek) December 11, 2016
Which, you know, yes, it’s embarrassing. But it’s also the tail end of a lousy season for the Rams, in a sport where fans would just as well rather stay home and watch games on TV. And some of those fans might have just been stuck on line for hot dogs or something.
On the other hand, both Rams attendance and TV ratings have been pretty mediocre all season. Maybe things change once their new stadium opens in 2019, but history shows that new stadium attendance figures typically return to background levels pretty quickly once the new-car smell has worn off, so it has to be at least mildly worrisome for Rams owner Stan Kroenke. Not to mention for San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, who right now has to decide on whether to become the second-fiddle team in the L.A. market. Some lousy attendance figures for a lousy team probably won’t change his mind by itself, but it should at least give him pause — or maybe get him to try to negotiate an out clause in an L.A. lease to let him jump back to San Diego if things go south once he moves north. That’d be what a savvy negotiator would do.