Why We Should Be Rooting Against an NFL Franchise in Los Angeles

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 29, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell smiles while speaking to fans during a Q&A prior to the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Commissioner Roger Goodell and the rest of the league's owners seem hell-bent on putting an NFL franchise in Los Angeles as soon as possible. But fans outside of the City of Angels should be rooting against a franchise landing there.

Los Angeles has had several chances to keep an NFL franchise and each time that team has left town. The Cleveland Rams relocated to Los Angeles in 1946 but moved to Anaheim in 1979, before moving to St. Louis before the 1995 season.

The Raiders moved to Los Angeles from Oakland in 1982, but also left to return to Oakland in 1995.

And way back in 1960, the Chargers played their first season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego.

While the NFL would benefit from the television revenue a franchise in Los Angeles would certainly bring, there are very few fits for a team to relocate there at this point.

The Vikings are now out after Minnesota approved a stadium financing bill in May, and the only teams that currently make sense are the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers.

Frankly, poaching the Chargers out of San Diego would create a huge backlash in southern California. Current Chargers fans will almost certainly turn on the team, and there doesn't seem to be much love for the franchise in Los Angeles, either. It would be an odd fit, considering the team was a big-time rival for the Raiders for so long. 

That leaves the Jaguars, who appear to be the most likely candidate for relocation. Right now, new owner Shahid Khan has claimed he will keep the team in Jacksonville, so for the moment the Jags would seem to be out of the running.

That leads to the possibility of the NFL creating an expansion franchise for Los Angeles. But Goodell has said if that happens there will need to be another expansion franchise somewhere else, to give the league 34 teams. That probably won't happen any time soon. 

So if the NFL is really set on adding a team in Los Angeles, it means a current team will have to relocate. And that would mean alienating a segment of the population as a result. On top of that, there is no guarantee a fourth NFL franchise will have any more success than the previous three.

Right now, it just doesn't make sense for the NFL to move a team to Los Angeles, and we should all be rooting against it.