Over the past few years there has been a big push to return a NFL team back to Los Angeles and according to NBC Sports the push is paying off. Analysts are speculating that a NFL team may be in LA within the next two years.
According to NBC Sports, the teams that could make the move include the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers, all of which have been based in Los Angeles at some point in their histories.
The Raiders’ stadium lease is up after the current season, while the Rams can leave St. Louis without penalty after each season. The Chargers could relocate by paying a relocation fee that decreases every year.
The NFL is reportedly looking at moving one of the teams in the 2015 or ’16 offseason. That team would play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena or the L.A. Coliseum as a new stadium is built.
NBC Sports reported that possible L.A. venues for the team include the AEG project at L.A. Live in downtown, the land that was recently bought by Rams owner Stan Kroenke at Hollywood Park and Chavez Ravine along with a couple other undisclosed locations.
It’s kind of weird that it’s taken so long to return a team to a market like LA, other than New York there is none bigger. The NFL has definitely been dragging their feet in getting a team back to LA. It’s in their best interest to make it happen, it will only make the sport even bigger.