Why did the Raiders and Rams leave?
I know stadium issues were part of it, but you have Hollywood and all of those attractions and amenities associated with it, major league baseball, one NBA teams steeped in tradition and still viewed as contenders and another on the rise with young stars, and oh yeah, the Kings who just won the Stanley Cup, if there wasn't a lockout.
I'm sure fans would come the first year or so, but it would die down after that, especially if the team isn't successful... There's just too much to do and no matter how popular the game of football is, I don't see it sustaining interest in the form of ticket sales in L.A.
OK, let's talk Los Angeles Football history because much of the Huddle population was born when there wasn't Pro Football in LA anymore..
The Rams came to Los Angeles in 1946.
They stayed 48 years.
This was long before corporate sponsors, luxury suites or even much Television coverage for that matter.
Where did the Rams play?
The Rams played in the LA Coliseum.
So named because it was built in the 1930s in anticipation of the 1932 Summer Olympics.
Oh yes boys and girls, there were Olympics before Micheal Phelps was selling cereal and Subway sandwiches every 9 minutes on your TV.
As the decades flew by, 50s, 60s, 70, 80s, the Coliseum continued to detoeriorate and has become the shythole located in the slum that it is today.
Imagine if the Panthers were still playing in Clemson today.
The Rams fleeing to St. Louis was never about fan attendance or love of the Rams. It was about that bytch Georgia Frontierre having the then new and shiny Trans World Dome waved under her nose.
At the time the Rams were playing their home games at the Big A in Anaheim. The home of the California Angels. Nothing worse than trying to play football in a converted baseball stadium. So the Rams left town, fans be damned.
Speaking of shythole stadiums this is where Da Raiders come in.
Al Davis was stuck in Oakland in a shythole Oakland Alameda Stadium where the Raiders first played an AFC game back in 1966.
Al saw an opportunity to play Oakland vs Los Angeles in hope for a shiny new stadium and loaded the buses and set out for LA.
Massive law suits followed between Al and the NFL.
Bottom line, eventually the Raiders headed back to Oaklnd from whence they came and to this day still play football in the same shythole. Think back earlier this season and remember the Raiders in Prime Time with the Oakland Athletics dirt baseball infield on the 50 yard line.
The Rams leaving and the Raiders coming and going were always about Stadium deals.
IMHO only one way the NFL returns to LA:
Deep pockets as is already in position at two potential sites build a 1 Billion dollar plus stadium that will be shared by two teams as is currnetly done in New York by the Giants and Jets.
The fans will attend in droves and lead the League in attendance as they do for the Dodgers, Angels, Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Ducks.
Will one of the NFL teams be the Panthers?