There has been quite a bit of speculation about teams possibly getting bought out by investment group AEG for a 72,000 seat stadium in Los Angeles soon, and I think, as Texans fans, it's fun to watch it play out (especially because it's partly thanks to LA that we even got the team that many love, some hate, and some cannot refuse to drink Zima and Clorox about) (Writer's Note: Zima? Really? I'm sorry, I know this team can be frustrating, but drink some Shiner or something manlier and more Texan to drown yourself in! That is all)
Well, I have some opinions and such about moving teams around and trying to realign the divisions if such move were to occur, so in the words of Will Smith, let's "Get jiggy with it."
The teams in the running for possible moving and my opinion about their likeliness to move in the 2012 season.
- SoCal would get their old team back
-LA fanbase still exists (and was one of the NFL's main hurdles to putting a new team there back in the late 90s),
- Frees up Bay Area for the 49ers to market to more people/pissed off Oakland fans
- Al Davis, who moved the team in the 90s (and is more senile than Mr. Wilson in "Dennis the Menace") will most give some Yankee retort like, "Ovah my dead coahpse, ya jeyk!"
Even though the man is over 80 years old and you know he didn't get there the easy way, he's just one of those guys that I can see still being around for another ten years, cursing and flailing his way until God finally spares Raider fans another draft-day disaster. (Knocking on wood)
- Too many Raider fans in SF/San Jose/Oakland. To put it in East Texas talk, "Dem boyz' gon be PISSED!"
- California would be seeing a lot of needed tax money go to a stadium with no new team to tax themselves.
Odds: 1/20. To me, it all depends on if Davis finally drops. If so, it'll happen. If not, nope.
- Also reuniting a former LA town with its prodigal sons
- Easiest to move (only a few hours away)
- A lot of offensive weapons that will look very good in such a massive market
- They have a stadium none would envy and they can't get a new one from SD (as of yet)
- Owners already stated they're not selling
- SD loves their team a lot
- Same thing as Oakland: Cali will be paying for a new stadium and not getting any new teams from it.
Odds: 1/45. This team is seen as the most probable, but I don't buy it. With the Schottenheimer situation a while back, we saw how stubborn the ownership can be, and when the Spanos family makes up their mind, it's done.
- Gets team out of small-market disaster into 2nd largest market in USA
- Team seems willing to get out of Dodge, and the 55 fans won't really miss them
- Florida's crowded with teams, so the Bucs and Dolphins get more marketability toward North Florida
- BRB regulars can be proven right
- Since LA is still pretty south, Jags wouldn't leave the AFC South (so we could still whoop up on 'em some) (Writer's Note: WHY IS THE TEAM FROM INDIANA STILL IN OUR DIVISION?!?!?!?!?!?!)
- Moving a team cross-country isn't cheap
- Stuck in a messy stadium lease for the next several years
Odds: 1/7. This one does seem most likely, but it won't be cheap. The Jaguars want a fresh start and Los Angeles would give them one and then some.
- Once again, a Prodigal team comes home (seriously, LA holds onto football teams worse than Larry King does wives.)
- Some marketable stars in Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson
- Opens up eastern MO for more marketing from KC
- St. Louis seems to really latched onto the Rams (thanks in part to St. Warner and The Greatest Show on Turf), and they have dug some good roots into the area, especially with players helping out disaster relief causes in Joplin
- Still a move over half the country. That'll be expensive
- The Rams might have played there, but Los Angeles was (and in some ways still is) a Raiders town first and foremost, and nothing sucks worse than being the Clippers when the Lakers aren't even there anymore.
Odds: 1/12. The Rams love St. Louis, but they could move if the price is right, especially in the economy in Missouri right now.
- Same thing as SD; potential stadium woes (Hey, if my roof collapsed, I'd wanna get outta there, too!)
- For a team that legendary, you need more marketability, and the Dodgers proved you can move and still hold on to historic pride.
- The NFL wants to keep the Vikings in the Twin Cities, so it's doubtful they'd sign off on it.
- Reshifting NFC divisions. Moving the Purple Gang to the NFC West would be a necessity, possibly shifting the Rams to the North, where they'll be in for a tough break against the Lions and Bears AND Packers (not to mention the league can't bank off of the rivalries in the North like they used to).
- Another long, expensive move
- Diehard Viking fans (kinda like us when Beelzebud betrayed us) will never forgive them.
- NFL can't market the stars on the Vikings like other teams
Odds: 1/75. The Vikings could use some fresh air in Cali, but the NFL just has too many question marks about it. They'd never let this happen.
In the end of it all, I do think the AEG group will be successful in getting their team, but no option is perfect for them.
Prediction: I can't really say. My head says the Jags, but my gut says the Raiders.