Commisionner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all NFL teams that are considering the move out to Los Angeles and laid out the guidelines on how they could make it happen.
“Although substantial uncertainties remain,” Goodell wrote in the two-page document obtained by The Times, “stadium development in Los Angeles has advanced to the point where the prospects for a new facility are better than they have been in many years.” – LA Times
Basically the document stated that it is the league AND NOT THE INDIVIDUAL TEAM that will control the relocation process. The same list of teams are still being mentioned in the move out to Los Angeles: our San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, and possible the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Here are some of the guidelines that were listed in the Times article:
•Negotiate a deal with an alternative site — in this case the Coliseum or Rose Bowl — which can play host to games while a stadium is being constructed, and keep the league fully apprised of every step in those negotiations.
•Submit within the first 1 1/2 months of 2013 an application to relocate. “If no application is received for the 2013 season,” Goodell wrote, “we will consider when and under what circumstances clubs may apply for consent to relocate in a future season.”
•Evaluate all stadium opportunities in its existing market, and consult with league staff on those. Unstated by Goodell, but implied by the league, is that the Raiders, for instance, would have to explain why it would be more practical to relocate than share a stadium in Santa Clara with the 49ers.
•Show that it not only has an appropriate stadium solution in the L.A. market but one that has in place a marketing plan, naming rights, and can make financial guarantees to the league.
There is just a little more movement for the NFL returning to Los Angeles. Nothing new from the Chargers end. As fans, we just sit here and wait to see who makes that move up North.