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NFL in Los Angeles: Roger Goodell Issues Memo for Any Potential L.A. Move

Roger Goodell laid the ground rules for any team hoping to move to L.A.
Roger Goodell laid the ground rules for any team hoping to move to L.A.Alex Wong/Getty Images
David HeebCorrespondent IJune 30, 2012

Roger Goodell wants a football team in Los Angeles. He just wants the final say on which franchise, if any, is allowed to make that move. This should come as no surprise to anybody that follows the NFL.

When it comes to the NFL, it is Roger Goodell's world, and everybody else is just a squirrel trying to get a nut.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of a memo released by Goodell today, as reported by ESPN.com, where the commissioner laid down the ground rules for any team that had plans on moving to Los Angeles. Specifically, Goodell said that no team had a "presumptive right" to move to Los Angeles, and that the league as a whole would have the final say.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like Goodell wants two expansion teams in Los Angeles that play in one state of the art stadium, an arrangement the Giants and Jets have in New York. Basically, Goodell is telling teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and San Diego Chargers—all teams that have stadium and/or attendance issues—to hold their horses.

This memo has to make fans in those cities feel better about any fears they had about watching their favorite team relocate.  

The report also states that Goodell mentioned a Hall of Fame, studios for the NFL Network, and a youth football complex in his memo. With a state of the art football facility—located in a warm weather climate—the NFL would have an ideal platform to host the Super Bowl.

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