L.A. Notes: Chargers, Sites, Stadium

The rumors of Los Angeles getting a football team have escalated over the past few days, with the Rams, Raiders, and Chargers all closely connected with a relocation to the city. The Los Angeles mayor said himself he expects a team soon. However, the Chargers might not let the Rams and Raiders move there so easy, writes Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Daily.

The team is arguing that even though they are located in San Diego, they collect significant business from the Los Angeles market. In that case, the Chargers would argue that the entrance of another team into that market would negatively effect business for the team.

“Over the last 20 years, there hasn’t been a team in the L.A. market. We have reached out into that market and 25 to 30 percent of our business comes from the L.A. [and] Orange County areas,” said Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos. “Putting a team in there right now, or two teams, would have a huge impact on our business going forward. So we are trying to protect our business in San Diego. … It would really be harmful to us.”

Here are some other notes about the potential of a Los Angeles franchise:

  • By speaking out against the availability of the Los Angeles market, the Chargers could hope to accomplish more than just an understanding of ownership in that market, writes Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The team could be trying to scare of the Rams and Raiders, or negotiating for a larger piece of the relocation fee. They could also be anticipating a move to Los Angeles along with one of the two former L.A. teams, and could be posturing to pay a smaller relocation fee than the other team.
  • There are a number or different sites that a potential Los Angeles football team could build their stadium, reports Albert Breer of NFL.com. There are six possible locations, including an AEG site in downtown Los Angeles, a Dodger Stadium site, a site at Hollywood Park with land purchased by Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke, two different sites in Carson, and Ed Roski’s site in Industry (east of the city).
  • Breer also notes that the Jaguars are another option for the move, but would have a much harder time leaving their stadium. They also would have to pay a much higher relocation fee. Breer notes that their chances are significantly below that of the other three teams.
  • While many would be excited about the prospect of a Los Angeles franchise, Kerry Cavanaugh of the Los Angeles Times is not optimistic. He writes that the city has had a team dangled in front of it before, and that the believed need for a team is overstated.