Plans To Bring An NFL To L.A. Dead: No More New Stadium Coming To Los Angeles For Future NFL Franchise
By Staff Writer | March 05, 2013 04:29 PM EST
The NFL Plans to build a stadium in L.A. might be dead because of economics.
Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday that the Anschutz Entertainment Group's (AEG) plan to build a stadium called "Farmer's Field" may be called off due to economic factors. It may be too hard for AEG to make money and pay the debt on the stadium.
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The NFL has been trying to get a stadium in L.A. without a team playing in Hollywood. Before the potential of an NFL team to move into the building that would be directly across from where the L.A. Lakers and Clippers play, the league wanted a stadium first.
For the time being, there will be no NFL stadium in L.A., which means no team representing a city that has two teams in the NBA and MLB, a team in the NHL and one in the MLS.
Six months ago the LA City council approved AEG's plan to build the stadium. A spokesman from the NFL said they are still monitoring the situation, but economics has played a role in the stadium becoming a dead issue.
The St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders once recited from L.A. Those teams eventually moved and since 1994, no NFL team has played their home games in L.A.
The Los Angeles Avengers lasted nearly ten years in the Arena Football League, which served as the secondary professional football league in the United States. The team folded in 2009.
Prior to the Avengers, the Los Angeles Xtreme won the only XFL championship in 2001. Vince McMahon's football league didn't pan out quite like the WWE. The XFL lasted one season.
The United Football League (UFL) is a league consist of four teams playing in markets the NFL doesn't have franchises in. The league originally committed to an L.A. franchise, until the UFL decided to cut the amount of teams in the league before the season ever started.
In 2012, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on Costas Live on NBC Sports Network to discuss a possibility of football in L.A. Goodell said that he wouldn't like any team to relocate to the city. The commissioner said that if L.A. were to get a team, the league would have to expand to 34 teams.
This would mean another city would have to possibly build and fund a stadium for another new team.
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