The NFL is the most popular sport in America and it’s one of the most recognizable brands in the world, yet it hasn’t had a team in one of the world’s biggest markets for over 20 years. Since the Raiders and Rams left Los Angeles in the early 90s, there hasn’t been a team to return there to fill the void and that has presented a bit of a problem for a league that’s all about social status.
We may see the drought come to an end in the near future though, as it’s been looking increasingly likely that an NFL franchise will once again call Los Angeles its home, the only thing is that franchise will be an existing one and not an expansion franchise.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross commented recently about the possibility of an NFL franchise moving to Los Angeles and he noted that it’s less of a chance and more of a certainty that it will happen.
Steve Ross on an LA team: he can “see it coming.” Won’t be an expansion team. “Certainly within 5 years.”
— Kevin Clark (@KevinClarkWSJ) May 31, 2014
The Dolphins are among a handful of teams that could very well move to Los Angeles as the Jaguars, Bills and even the Buccaneers have been mentioned as possibilities for Los Angeles. Of cousrse, the Chargers and Raiders are prime franchises who would hop, skip and step over to Los Angeles without much of a hassle, with the Raiders having once called L.A. their home.
Either way, it doesn’t take a genius to recognize that an NFL franchise in Los Angeles is going to happen once again and it would be bad business if it didn’t happen before 2020.