Odds for 5 NFL Teams on Moving to Los Angeles
On June 10, 2011, Sporting News published an article stating that five NFL teams had communicated with a Los Angeles company about a possible move.
Those teams include the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings.
Now we'll take a look at each of these teams and their odds on making a move to Los Angeles.
5. Minnesota Vikings
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There is a real possibility the Minnesota Vikings would consider a move to Los Angeles. Recent calls for a publicly funded stadium have accelerated with the stadium lease expiring after this season.
However, the Vikings are a young team on the rise. The franchise has had some fantastic years in Minneapolis, the team has developed a big rivalry with the Green Bay Packers and the fans fully support the team.
There are other teams that would jump ship before the Vikings would.
4. St. Louis Rams
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The Rams have it pretty good in St. Louis right now (outside of a poor record), but it sounds like they may use the Los Angeles possibility as leverage at some point.
The Rams have made their home in LA before, so if talks somehow fall through, they could end up making a move.
Still, they've had good years in St. Louis and have a young team with a lot of future promise. St. Louis will want to keep them.
3. San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers are a very legitimate candidate for a move to Los Angeles.
The team is currently toiling in mediocrity in San Diego, and a move to LA might give them a boost in value along with a fresh start.
It wouldn't be a huge surprise to see the Chargers in Los Angeles in a few years.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
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Many people think the Jaguars-to-LA hype is more a pipe dream than reality, but there's still a lot of reason to believe a move would eventually happen.
As admitted in the story, the Jags have a small market and have struggled with blackouts. What's more, Jacksonville is just not an exciting team and hasn't been very good for years.
The Jags might be able to develop a big following in Los Angeles with a fresh start.
1. Oakland Raiders
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The Oakland Raiders top this list, because now that Al Davis has passed, the possibility of Oakland returning to Los Angeles is all the more real.
Davis was opposed to a move, but now that he's gone, his son may choose to pursue such action.
It would be a shame to have to rebuild the black hole after establishing such an effective one in Oakland, but with experts estimating a possible 500 percent jump in value with a move to Los Angeles, it might be worth it.