Not If, but When and Who

The mad dash to get to Los Angeles hits another gear

by Brandon Rush | @BrandonRush |

Mark it down now, at least one NFL team will be playing home games in LA in 2016.

With St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kronke buying the plot where Hollywood Park racetrack once stood in Inglewood, and AFC Rivals San Diego and Oakland working on a proposed joint stadium in Carson, it is inevitable that one, if not all three teams could be calling the OC home in less than 18 months.

Late Thursday night, Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today Sports posted that the NFL is due to start scouting stadiums in the Los Angeles area.

The leading candidates are the Rose Bowl and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, though the league also plans to talk with other venues that could serve as temporary homes while a new permanent stadium is being built in the meantime — probably for a two- or three-year period.

If any city could support multiple teams, it is LA. Having been devoid of the NFL since 1995, the city has long been high in television ratings for years, and as a city would welcome the game back with open arms. Both the Rams and Raiders have “recent” history in Los Angeles, but neither San Diego, Oakland, or St. Louis seems to be overly willing to meet the demands of the ownership groups to entice them to stay.

I believe the Rams go first and have the better stadium concept and location, though it appears Kronke may go rouge and move the team without the full approval of the league and the other owners. The best solution for the NFL would be a Rams/Raiders joint stadium in Inglewood, with San Diego getting a new stadium or relocating, but relocation options at this point are slim to none.

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