As I’ve said before, an NFL team in Los Angeles is going to happen sometime in the near future. Therefore, this news from ESPN.com yesterday was certainly not a shock. The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the firm that wants to build a stadium in downtown L.A., reportedly has spoken to five NFL teams. Sadly for all of us, Buffalo’s been among the most talked-about possibilities for relocation. So was Buffalo among the teams with which AEG has had discussions?
The five teams AEG has spoken to are Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland, Jacksonville, and St. Louis.
Minnesota, San Diego, and Jacksonville are no surprise. Minnesota WILL be moving somewhere if a new stadium deal can’t be agreed upon. I’ve maintained that San Diego is the most likely team to move to L.A. The Jaguars simply haven’t been all that successful in Jacksonville, and ownership might be ready to pull the plug.
Oakland and St. Louis are interesting. Both would be fairly amusing, since both left L.A. a while back. Oakland’s more likely to move than people realize – the stadium there is old and a baseball stadium, to boot. I just don’t know if they’d be willing to move BACK to L.A. as long as Al Davis is alive. I don’t think St. Louis is moving, but I guess we’ll see.
In any case, at least it’s not Buffalo AEG is talking to…yet.