The NFL has been gone from Los Angeles for so long that there is almost a generation of fans that don't know what it is like to have a hometown team. From a revenue standpoint, it would seem logical for a successful organization like the National Football League to have a team in a massive market like Los Angeles. However, as the years have gone by, it has become clear that the NFL is in no particular hurry. Here are five reasons the NFL has not needed a team in the City of Angels.
The Raiders are still there...sort of
In some ways, the NFL still has a team in Los Angeles. They are called the Oakland Raiders, and you still see plenty of jerseys, flags and decals on the back of car windows. While the team may be in Oakland, they left a very loyal fan base in Los Angeles. Southern California may not get all the revenue from having a team in town, but they certainly spend some money on the silver and black.
Do you know how many transplanted sports fans there are in Los Angeles? A lot. Fans in the greater Los Angeles area aren't clamoring for a team because they brought their own from Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver. When people move to another part of the country, they do not automatically pick up a new team. There is reason that loyalty is a big component of following a sport like football.
Other stuff to do
Does Los Angeles miss football? To a certain extent, yes. However, Southern California just has too much to do for entertainment. There is the beach, the mountains and the desert. In addition, it isn't as if Los Angeles is hurting for sports teams in general. There are two professional basketball teams, two baseball teams, two hockey teams and countless colleges, some of which provide good football. If you need a football fix, San Diego isn't far away.
It's called cable
Why do you need your own team in town when you can just watch marquee games on satellite or cable? On any given Sunday a football fan in Los Angeles can access any number of games through various television packages. Why deal with freeway traffic, parking and unruly crowds when you can stay home and watch great games on television? Sure, there are fans that miss the excitement of the stadium. However, Los Angeles has gotten used to enjoying pigskin on the screen.
A bargaining chip
The NFL might want a team in Los Angeles at some point, but they also want stability throughout the league. That means that they don't want teams moving, as it can send a bad message to the fan bases around the country. The NFL doesn't necessarily use Los Angeles as a bargaining chip with other cities, but whenever there is a stadium issue in another city, that team suddenly ends up on a list of franchises that could relocate to sunny Southern California. Convenient.
Someday the NFL will return to Los Angeles. Just not today.
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