NFL Rumors: Los Angeles Football Team Could Be Closer Than People Think

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Farmers Insurance Exchange executives Paul Patsis holds a football after an event announcing naming rights for the new football stadium Farmers Field at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. AEG has reportedly sold the naming rights for the proposed stadium to Farmers Insurance Exchange for $650,000, calling the stadium 'Farmers Field.'  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles, one of the biggest markets in the country, has two basketball teams, a hockey team, a soccer team and a baseball team, all of which thrive economically.  Los Angeles is missing one key event in its town—a football team.

Why the NFL is giving places like Jacksonville a team and not Los Angeles is simply baffling.  Roger Goodell has been talking about playing more games overseas and even getting overseas teams—that is not going to happen.  No player and no owner is going to approve of that deal, sorry Roger.

However, one deal that is likely to get done is the addition of a football team in Los Angeles.  AEG, the company that owns the Staples Center, has already committed to a plan that would build a new stadium in Los Angeles (check out the stadium here). 

Los Angeles, economically is one of the best markets for any sports team.  Adding a football team to Los Angeles would likely get us Jack Nicholson sitting in the first row behind the opposing teams bench and screaming obscenities, who doesn't want to see that?

With many NFL teams being on the lockout list nearly every week, moving one of those teams to Los Angeles is not completely out of the question.

AEG has already picked out a location for the stadium that would be within an hour drive of 15.5 million people. To really put that in perspective, that's five percent of the entire country's population.

When designs for new football stadiums are made, and companies are willing to finance them, that is when deals get done.

Now, this deal will not be happening in 2011, but set your sights toward 2013 or 2014 and Los Angeles may have landed themselves a new team.

The big hurdle for AEG and the city of Los Angeles is that the NFL cannot simply add one team to the NFL because it would then have an odd-number amount of teams.  They would either need to add two teams or move one of current NFL teams.

Rumors of the Jaguars being moved to Los Angeles have been floated around in the past, and of all of the NFL teams, they seem to be the most likely to be moved.  When a team has to cover half of its upper level with tarps to get a sellout, the team should move to Los Angeles.

Al Michaels, who is a resident of Los Angeles, appeared on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday and believes they will break ground on the stadium by Spring of 2012. 

Michaels even went as far as to say that Los Angeles may have two teams within the next ten years.  Michaels emphasized the man in charge, Ed Roski, who is a co-owners of the Kings and the Lakers, is very adamant about getting a deal done and has a lot of power in the sports world to get this deal done for Los Angeles.

There is no longer any reason to keep a football team from Los Angeles, and with AEG at the helm of their new football stadium, there is not much stopping them.