I also don't see the Jags moving anywhere immediately unless the attendance issues continue. The new owner is at least trying to stay put.
I still don't get this one, they haven't had a blackout in a few years. There are quite a few teams who can't say that. Even with the tarps it still has a larger capacity than many other stadiums.
Originally Posted by iRep TheWingedWheel
Ain't the Jags locked in a lease til 2030 too?
I still believe this will be the largest issue with relocation. I don't think Khan would be the guy to bring it to LA because there's no way the prospective stadium owner(name escapes me) is going to just own the stadium and not the team. So he'd have to buy the team, build the stadium and buyout a massive lease. The bills add up quickly.
Yep, no surprise there. I always thought it would be tricky for LA to lure an NFL team to their city with the terms set down by the financier of the stadium. This gives Wilf less leverage with politicians in Minnesota and they know it. Wouldn't be surprised to see a stadium announcement delayed for the Vikings until later this year or even early next year.
Maybe Wilf will have to cough up a little more moolah or agree to give a percentage of something ie parking, naming rights, etc. Regardless, he'll play ball. In a football mad city of 3.2 million city with the 4th highest tv ratings in the country there's money to be made, even if he does have to pay nearly 50% of the stadium costs.
I thought the NFL had made it known that they still preferred the Industry stadium anyway?
And the Chargers are it. Even if Wilf sells, someone will buy to keep the Vikings local. They're way too storied, it'd be even worse than Modell moving the Browns. The Chargers aren't even at the table and the family has considered selling a controlling share.
NFL officials have said repeatedly that the league isn't interested in expansion, and with cities including Los Angeles and Toronto among the spots that could host a team, it creates a situation in which the threat of relocation will hang for some time over cities and states faced with franchise demands for a new stadium.
In an interview last month, NFL vice-president of business operations Eric Grubman said he has a list "longer than my arm" of interested buyers in cities "all over the place," but named only Los Angeles and Toronto as viable markets the league would currently consider.
And just because I have been accused of bias before.
But it has to be said - Los Angeles doesn't deserve an NFL team, and there are a host of good reasons why. Though it is the second-largest media market in the United States and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been on record as saying that he and the league want a franchise to return to the Entertainment Capital of the World, Los Angeles has several reasons not to be a host city for the most popular professional sports league in the United States.