Straight Outta L.A.: Five NFL Teams that Should Consider Moving to L.A.
Ice Cube is a man who wears many hats. He is a rapper, actor, producer and now a director. ESPN's latest series, 30 for 30, gave Ice Cube the chance to direct a documentary on the Los Angeles Raiders and their impact on the city and the culture of rap.
It's 2010 and the most popular league in the nation currently doesn't have a team in one of the biggest markets in the nation. L.A. has a large population, and the NFL and a team or two are missing out on a great financial opportunity.
The MLB and NBA have two teams that name Los Angeles as a hometown. The NFL has none. Let's find out what teams should consider making the move to L.A. for the good of their fans and their franchise.
The Jaguars are struggling with home attendance, and it appears the only way they can sell out games is if Tim Tebow comes to town. The Jaguars have a respectable team and do have marketable players.
A move from Florida to California could be a very smart financial move for the Jaguars. Just having an NFL team in L.A. will strike up a lot of buzz that will immediately fill the seats.
St. Louis Rams
Here is a team that needs a change. With new ownership coming in soon, the Rams could see a return to Los Angeles. The Rams enjoyed a good run in St. Louis but a fresh start would not be a bad Idea.
The teams in their division are all on the West Coast, so it would make travel easier for division games. It would also bring back a solid fan base.
Stephen Jackson could remind people of Eric Dickerson in Los Angeles.
The Bills are playing a game in Canada this year again. Nothing against Canadiens, but the Bills would do so much better financially if they played eight games in L.A.
They have a great fanbase that will hate to see them go, but it's time for Owner Ralph Wilson to do something. He needs excitement back with his team before the other two New York teams take all their fans. It's been a while since the Bills have done anything to please their fans.
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers would make a lot of sense. Most of their fans are fair weather fans anyways, so they wouldn't lose too many dedicated fans. Once the Chargers started winning games, more Bolts jerseys started selling.
L.A. would be a great place for the Chargers, as they would already have a strong fanbase follow them from San Diego.
This move makes a lot of sense for both L.A. and the Chargers.
Perhaps the team that makes the most sense to make the move to L.A. is the Raiders. The Raiders have suffered many losing seasons and need a fresh start. They still have a passionate fanbase, but they don't show up on Sundays.
The local media loves to go after Al Davis and mock his decisions. While it may be deserved, I'm sure that Davis wouldn't miss them much.
The L.A. media would love Davis right away for bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles. Players would much rather go to a city like L.A. where they can market themselves instead of Oakland.
This move makes a lot of sense for the Raiders and owner Al Davis. Nobody likes blackouts, and nobody likes seeing all the empty seats. L.A. would almost assure the Raiders constant sell-outs.
The Raiders need to win to sell tickets, while teams like the Packers, Browns, Bills and Pittsburgh don't always have to be winning to sell plenty of tickets.
While this move is out of the question for now it's got Ice Cube asking Al Davis, "Are we there yet?"