Rams Eyeing Return To Los Angeles?

FRIDAY, 10:47am: At a press conference today, commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that Kroenke informed the league of his Los Angeles land purchase, and that he’s not aware of any plans for stadium developments on that land (Twitter link via Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com). Goodell also cautioned against “overreacting” to the news (Twitter link via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com).

THURSDAY, 8:13pm: Rams owner Stan Kroenke is said to have bought a 60-acre lot in Inglewood, California that could potentially be a used for an NFL stadium, sources tell Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. The timing of this development is especially curious since the Rams have been unable to secure a new stadium in St. Louis and can move after the 2014 season per the terms of their lease agreement.

So far, the Rams have declined comment when asked about whether they’ve secured the piece of land in question. Farmer rightfully notes that 60 acres of land alone wouldn’t be enough to accommodate a stadium and the necessary parking, but an adjacent 238-acre lot could conceivably become available for purchase and tied into a project.

Los Angeles has been without an NFL franchise since the Rams and Raiders left after the 1994 season. The L.A. market has been used as leverage many times to get stadium deals done in other cities, but this is the first time an NFL owner has bought a piece of land in the L.A. area capable of accommodating a stadium. Relocation would be a very complicated process and would require the support of three-quarters of NFL owners, but the temptation to bring an NFL franchise to the nation’s second-largest media market has been strong ever since it was left without professional football nearly 20 years ago.

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14 comments on “Rams Eyeing Return To Los Angeles?

  1. Mike Bender

    More logically fits them into the NFC West… just sayin.

  2. Mike Buttke

    60 yards of land? You aren’t going to build a lot of anything on that.

    • I think that’s a typo, as it says 60 Acres at the beginning of the article.

    • Chassoo

      60 acres of land. Also there’s more land right next to this 60 acres.

  3. escapingNihilism

    it’ll be war to get 3/4 of NFL owners to assent. an expansion franchise in LA could fetch anywhere from a $2b to $5b check.

  4. Brian Jud

    So, Farmers Field, not so much?

  5. Sufferfortribe

    Wonder what the payoff would be to the other NFL teams?

  6. Randy Jay Pena

    Out of all the nice places in the LA and you choose Inglewood? Not to be Debbie downer or anything but I heard Inglewood is one of the most dangerous towns in the LA area next to Compton. What happened to the farmers field plans? I would most definitely see a game if they build farmers field by LA Live.

    • Cereal_22

      Inglewood always up to no good ??

    • X Marks the Spot

      I say good luck to him. All these politicians that put all that money in trying to build Farmers Field near LA Live will not be happy. They all have some kind of compensation coming to them in terms of money and season tickets and now they probably won’t get a sniff if they decide to build one in Inglewood. There will be alot of red tape and fights in court. Only positive building one in Inglewood is traffic. It will be alot easier to get in and out of and traffic will not be half as bad if it was build near LA Live.

  7. Cereal_22

    Kroenke is in real estate, that’s what those people do.

  8. Kickalicious

    The Vikiings should move to LA and the Rams should chane their division to the NFC North. The Vikings also have an expiring contract on their stadium and their new outdoor stadium will be terrible because it will always be freezing and snowy. Moving to LA will be the most logical sitiuation for them

    • kberg

      vikings are getting a new stadium doubt this will ever happen

  9. WazBazbo

    “Comissioner, why are you so gung-ho on having a team in London?”
    “Because it’s a HUGE market and good for the NFL!”

    “Why, then, so lukewarm on having a team in the second largest city in America?”
    “Because we’d rather be in Jacksonville…”

    C’mon, man…

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