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Goodell memo: L.A. to be decided by league

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Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 NFL teams reminding owners that the league's will determine any relocation process when it comes to any potential moves to Los Angeles.

The memo, obtained by the L.A. Times, read: "Although substantial uncertainties remain, 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."

The Los Angeles area hasn't had an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams departed following the 1994 season. Several teams, including the Chargers, Jaguars, Raiders and Rams have been mentioned as potential candidates should a new stadium be built.

Goodell doesn't want a team trying to move into the Rose Bowl or L.A. Coliseum and attempting to play at one of those venues until a new stadium is built. The topic was discussed at the owners' meetings in May, and Goodell's memo stated that any team looking to relocate for the 2013 season specifically must submit an application between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15 of 2013.

While Goodell has stated the NFL is not considering expansion at this time, he would like to see a stadium capable of being the home of two teams.

"Consistent with our long-standing view, we have made it clear that any stadium seeking investment support from the 32 member clubs should preserve a viable option of being able to host two teams at appropriate times and on appropriate terms," Goodell wrote in the statement.

"The overall goal, as we have frequently said, is to ensure that any league re-entry to the Los Angeles market is as successful as possible, both for the club or clubs that will play there and for the league as a whole."

AEG has a proposed site in downtown, while Ed Roski is pitching an arena in City of Industry. Goodell also mentioned potential sites in Carson and at Hollywood Park. At any of the sites, he would like to explore the ability to have additional entertainment, including the NFL Network studio, according to the Times.

At least 24 teams must approve a relocation vote, which would include assessment and terms of a relocation fee, financial commitments from the league for stadium construction and any future Super Bowls.

One of the stipulations for teams to relocate is to evaluate all of the stadium opportunities in its current market. That would seem to indicate the Raiders would need to explain why it would make more sense to relocate to Los Angeles rather than share the 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.
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