Steelers Could Play Two Road Games In Los Angeles In 2015

Over the course of the last year, there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of the NFL once again having a team in Los Angeles. Several owners have weighed in with their thoughts on when that might actually occur and this past Friday Pittsburgh Steelers team President Art Rooney II was asked if he thinks a return to the City of Angels will happen sooner than later.

“I\’m going to say sooner, but look, there still needs to be a stadium to be built,” Rooney said on Movin\’ The Chains. “So it\’s not going to happen in a year from now, but I really think we know all the possible sites that are up there, and we have teams that are serious about possibly being there and so I think it will be sooner.”

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said roughly the same thing in late July, but insinuated that there could actually be two teams that relocate to Los Angeles.

“The owners don\’t mess much up … but we haven\’t gotten this one right,” said Jones during an interview on the NFL Network. “There\’s people, there\’s locations, there are people that are interested, a lot of people that can help us put this thing together. And as it turns out that we have at least two teams … that could move to this area.”

So which teams could possibly be moving to Los Angeles. You would have to think the St. Louis Rams are a prime candidate to be one of those two teams as they have the right to break their lease with the Edward Jones Dome following the 2014 season, because the facility will not get a publicly funded $700 million upgrade that the Rams requested.

The second team could be the San Diego Chargers, even though CEO Dean Spanos claims they have a firm commitment to the city of San Diego as the franchise continues their attempt to get a new stadium.

Outside of the Rams and the Chargers, the only other two teams that might relocate would be the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, although the Jaguars have a lease that runs through the 2027 season that would be tough to get out of.

While it doesn\’t look like anything will happen in 2014, judging by the recent comments made by Rooney and several other owners, the NFL will have at least one if not two teams in Los Angeles in 2015. Based on the rotating NFL schedule, the Steelers are scheduled to play both the Chargers and the Rams on the road in 2015, so there is a good chance that one of those games will be played in Los Angeles instead. Maybe even two.

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  • hergieburbur

    Seams like everyone wants a team in LA… Except LA. The city isn’t overly excited about it, nor do the fans seem to be, but the rest of the country can’t shut up about it. Putting two teams there would be a big mistake, the fan base isn’t there. Too many people are already Raiders or Chargers fans, which means only way it works is if both teams move there, and I don’t see that happening seeing as how the city hasn’t been keen on funding a stadium.

  • Mike.H

    I can’t fathom nor digest the logic why the second largest city in ‘Merica wouldn’t have a football team?

  • Steve

    No decient Stadium to play in that has countless Box Lodges, where the owners make their money and don’t have to share it.

  • Dan

    Reporting from LA:
    Indeed this is not a great sports town. The city is so spread out and so culturally, ethnically, potically, economically and in every other way diverse. There is not much unity about anything so it is a great challenge for the population to really get behind and support any one thing, like a sports team. The Lakers have decent support, but it’s not like the whole city watches them. Also, almost everybody here if from somewhere else, so there are allegiences to other teams. It will take a long time for a transplanted team to build a solid support base. But I do look forward to the possibility of a Steeler visit!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    They really should talk about set up a new expanison team in Hampton Roads. No really, you have rabid football fans down here and we take football pretty serious. Considering we already have great pedigree of producing NFL talents and no big college program down here (well Old Dominion University is moving up to C-USA but still) I think its more about where rich kids or “old hippies” want their money at. Even if Los Angeles doesn’t produce great football fans, owner of the team in this city wouldn’t care as long grossing of the team is high.

  • Freddy

    LA RAMS!

  • Tom

    LOL! I agree. Give it up! Jacksonville is out. Chargers sound like they’re out. Rams never were in. Raiders, back and forth, back and forth. Sounds like expansion the only answer. No NFL owner stupid enough to go to LA. LA already shown they won’t support an NFL team. Main problem is that most everyone in LA isn’t from LA. What’s the purpose of continuing to bring this up?? I think the media (and Jerry Jones) thinks this gains them publicity?? All it really gains them is more laughs.

  • SteelersDepot

    There isnt’t going to be expansion for a long time.

  • hergieburbur

    Among other things.

  • Eric Geller

    I’ll keep it short. You’re clueless about L.A. sports.

  • Eric Geller

    I’ll keep it short. You’re clueless about L.A. Sports.

  • Eric Geller

    Schmuck

  • Phil Maingot

    Dan, Since moving to Los Angeles the Dodgers have led MLB (and all sports for that matter) in fan attendance. The Lakers and Kings sell out every game. Most of the NFL’s attendance records came from Los Angeles. So, Dan…your sentiments are inaccurate. Try again next time.
    Eric Geller, I am not stalking you. A strange coincidence lol I came to this page from the Bring Back the LA Rams Facebook Page.

  • joed32

    The Rams left because of poor attendance but if any franchise could have success here it would be the Rams. Lots of NFL fans here and lots of Steeler fans but I’m not sure just any NFL team would draw. They’re talking about a facility in downtown LA next to the staples center and I wouldn’t drive to downtown LA for any reason. The Colliseum where the Rams played before they move to Anaheim and where the Raiders played was in a terrible neighborhood. We had our car stolen last time we went there. But USC sells the place out for their home games.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Even shorter……….that’s your opinion.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Why?

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Four expansion teams…….LA, OK City, Portland, Virginia Beach

  • Eric Geller

    Wrong. You’re Absolutely clueless based on fact….regardless of length of post.

  • Andrew West

    yes, the main reason why L.A. lost the NFL is for the same reason why L.A. still hasn’t gotten the NFL back yet, because L.A. completely flat-out refuses to use any form of public-funds, tax dollars to fund the building of a new Professional Sports Arena, Stadium, Venue, etc.
    L.A. hasn’t used public-funds, tax dollars for building a new stadium since the Coliseum and Rose Bowl broke ground in the 1920’s I believe, L.A. realistically could be without any of it’s current Professional Sports teams, the only thing keeping them there is complete private investments, but my gut feeling tells me that the Lakers and Dodgers would be the only, sole exceptions for receiving public-funds, tax dollars for building a new stadium, arena, if they wanted that, because the Lakers and Dodgers are L.A.’s 2 main, most iconic Professional Sports teams, even when the Rams and Raiders were in L.A., they never did reach the level of popularity that the Lakers and Dodgers did, it’s strange, odd, but true, the NFL never did become a big deal, never did reach the level of popularity that the NBA and MLB did and have in L.A., eventhough the NFL arrived in L.A. before the Lakers and Dodgers did, people who are from and grew up in L.A., argue and say that it’s because L.A. has never and never will put up with horrible, bad ownership for a Sports franchise, and I’ve said this for years now and I feel i’m making a valid point, if that is the case then how come for many years, L.A. put up with all of those years of crap, futility from the Clippers in the years before Blake Griffin and Chris Paul arrived? it’s like L.A. will support a losing bad ownership NBA franchise but not for the NFL, it’s a mystery to me

  • Dan

    What an amazing argument! You must have really wowed them on the debate team. Skip Bayless watch out.

  • Dan

    Indeed the Dodger’s attendance is respectable by Baseball standards, but hasn’t led the league in a few years. A metro area of 13million should do well in attendance. I did reference the Lakers as a well supported team and could certainly have mentioned the Kings as well (and actually UCLA/USC football), the point was that, while LA will probably be able to make an NFL team work due to the shear volume of consumers, it will be a tough road as this town is too diverse to get behind any single new or transplanted team. There is no reasonable argument that this is a “sports town” by the standards of support set by cities like in the northeastern US for football, the Canadian hockey cities, or the European and Latin American soccer cities. Check out TV ratings. Walk around Pittsburgh or anywhere in Western PA during football season and note the % of people wearing Steeler attire. Then walk around LA and look at the % of people wearing any single team attire.

  • Michael Grande

    the Rams set the all-time record for attendance for a regular season NFL game with 102,368. The Rams would draw over 100,000 fans twice the following year. Bring back the Los Angeles Rams and all will be well again in the NFL!!!

  • hergieburbur

    Enlighten us with the facts then oh great one. You look like a fool just throwing out generic statements with nothing to back them up. Everything I said is absolutely true. L.A. is not a huge football town. There are far more basketball, baseball and college sports fans than football fans, and those that are there are largely loyal to existing teams. Do you have any clue what it takes to dislodge a fanbase?

    Additionally, fools like you ignore the fact that the major stumbling block to football in LA, has been LA itself. They have no major interest in publicly funding a stadium unless they get huge concessions out of it. Hence why Farmers Field (AEG group) was the only viable stadium proposal at the beginning of this year. Even that deal, the NFL is calling essentially dead because it would be too hard under the City’s conditions for both AEG and the team to make money. Hence why there was “guaranteed” to be a team there by 2009, and then again in 2011, and then 2012. And why they would be breaking ground on a new stadium in Jan 2013, only… they didn’t.

    The biggest value of LA to the league so far, has been as leverage for owners against existing NFL cities.

    So tell me again how I know nothing about LA sports, since you haven’t said a damn thing of value in this whole discussion yet…

  • hergieburbur

    That’s prety much on the head, and way more accurate than Eric’s waste of bytes. The city has been willing to use some public funding on the AEG project, but their conditions on AEG and the eventual team are so onerous that the deal is pretty much dead.

    LA’s value to the NFL is primarily as a TV market and fulcrum for owners. Like I started out with, the Raiders and Chargers are the only teams likely to get fan support there.

  • hergieburbur

    That’s true, you’ve shown that you can be absolutely clueless in a very small number of words.

  • hergieburbur

    Last I saw, that deal for the downtown stadium is pretty much dead on the table. At least it was in March and I have seen nothing to change that since…

  • Andrew West

    specifically, how are the conditions on AEG and the eventual team so onerous? what is the politics and business reasons behind it that is preventing it from attracting an NFL team? because I know they stated before, before the deal fell apart, that they will not break ground until they have secured a long-term commitment from a team to play there

  • hergieburbur

    Um, yeah. They were in the Super Bowl, NOT the regular season, with the hometown team playing one of the two most popular teams in the league, Pittsburgh. And it was in the Rose Bowl, NOT the Coliseum. That wasn’t a home game. The SB has entirely different standards for attendance.

    The next season was played in Anaheim, a move in part to get around the NFL blackout rules since they were having trouble selling out the 100k seat Coliseum. Not the same city.

  • Guest

    Google LA football stadium, there is a good writeup on it from Yahoo Sports dating to back in March.

    Essentially there are several factors:
    -Lack of a long-term commitment from a team.
    -The requirement on teams that they play in the less lucrative Rose Bowl
    or Coliseum for the time it would take for Farmers to be finished.
    -The prohibitive predicted cost of $1.8bn for the plan (AEG is worth a max of $10bn, but more like $7bn), including construction of a $300+ million convention center that AEG would have to repay the bonds on.
    -The attempted and failed sale of AEG in Q4-2012/Q1-2013 (they could not get the $8-10bn they were looking for).
    -The departure of their CEO, Tim Leiweke in part due to his failure to move the plan forward.

    Those are some of the reasons. There are others as well.

  • hergieburbur

    I hope this isn’t a repeat, as disqus appears to have eaten my last reply. Google LA football stadium, there is a good writeup on it from Yahoo Sports dating to back in March

    Essentially there are several factors:
    -Lack of a long-term commitment from a team.
    -The requirement on teams that they play in the less lucrative Rose Bowl
    or Coliseum for the time it would take for Farmers to be finished.
    -The prohibitive predicted cost of $1.8bn for the plan (AEG is worth a max of $10bn, but more like $7bn), including construction of a $300+ million convention center that AEG would have to repay the bonds on.
    -The attempted and failed sale of AEG in Q4-2012/Q1-2013 (they could not get the $8-10bn they were looking for).
    -The departure of their CEO, Tim Leiweke in part due to his failure to move the plan forward.

    Those are some of the reasons. There are others as well. If anything, I think we are more likely to see a stadium outside of downtown at this point.

  • Eric Geller

    Agreed on LA not wanting to fund stadium with taxpayers money. That’s the ONLY reason LA hasn’t had an NFL Team (s) going on 19 seasons. For the reat of your, and Dan’s banter on L.A. and the NFL, “clueless” was a bad choice of words on my part. A better word is IGNORANT.

  • hergieburbur

    How is it ignorant? I am in no way disparaging LA sports fans, I just happen to think there are limited teams that could succeed in relocation there. I would probably add the Rams to the Chargers and Raiders, but I don’t think any other team would gain a great following there. For boxes/corporations it would be no problem, but for the common fans, I think there would be a challenge, particularly since rising ticket prices are already hurting attendance across the league.

    You have still done a good amount of talking without actually saying anything. If you are going to through vitriol about, at least back it up with something approaching facts.

  • Eric Geller

    Look at yout previous posts, as well as Dan’s, which you agreed with. Some really ignorant statements by both of you. You’re not the only person that’s perpeutated these lazy lies about LA not beimg able to support an NFL Team(s) when the Rams were here 49 years averaging between 60, 000 to 80, 000 – someties topping 90, 000-100, 000 – at the Coliseum and 60, 000-70, 000 for the 15years in Anaheim . LA doesn’t support its sports teams? REALLY!?! The DODGERS, LAKERS & KINGS would call you IGNORANT as would the ANGELS, DUCKS, GALAXY and any other pro team in town.ABSOLUTE IGNORANCE! As for transplants……so what. They’re in every major sports city. IGNORANT.

  • hergieburbur

    One, just because I upped a post, does not mean that I agree with it in it’s entirety. Two “look at your own ignorance as proof of your ignorance” is both asinine and illogical. Three, I never once stated that LA does not support it’s sports teams. In fact, if you READ those previous posts I actually stated that they DO support certain teams. Lastly, nothing you posted was remotely a fact that spoke to any ignorance on my part. If anything, they speak to your ignorance and inability to speak in anything but anecdotal generalizations.

  • Eric Geller

    This last post is complete proof of your ifnorance on this entire subject.

  • SteelersDepot

    You people knock it off before I start cracking skulls.

  • ramon

    anyone who says fans won’t support a team in l.a. do not know the circumstances on why the rams and raiders left in the first place. both teams regularly packed anaheim stadium and the coliseum (though the coliseum rarely looked “sold out” due to its 100,000+ capacity), but al davis and georgia frontiere (raiders/rams owners) wanted new stadiums. the cities of l.a. and anaheim wouldn’t give in to their demands and commit public funds to have the stadiums built (and rightly so). that’s why they left….not fan apathy. it blows my mind when cities and states give in to greedy owners and spend taxpayer money to build sports stadiums. dodger stadium and staples center were built with private funds. the football stadium in downtown l.a. will be too. that’s why its a good time to put football back in l.a. if/when the nfl goes back to los angeles, there are more than enough fans to support 2 teams again.

  • joed32

    I hope they don’t build it there!

  • hergieburbur

    I can’t tell whether you are trying to troll or really are a fool, so I’ll just leave well enough alone at this point.

  • hergieburbur

    The football stadium in downtown isn’t likely to happen if it is based solely on private repayment of public bond measures. AEG likely can’t afford it. From what I’ve seen, the discussions around alternate sites are heating up again.

  • Eric Geller

    Even greater proof of your ignorance.

  • hergieburbur

    Yet another troll post with zero substance. Why not go for a dozen or so…

  • Eric Geller

    That’s all you’ve got. Resorting to a “troll card.: Not only are you ignorant, you are clueless. You don’t know a thing about Los Angeles let alone pro sports teams there. You rehash lies and myths by copying snd pasting them too just to see your name on a blog site, heiburbur. Worry about your own town or rock you live under.

  • hergieburbur

    You are a piece of work. “That’s all I got”? YOU are the one who has done nothing but post “ignorant” like a broken record. I played the troll card, because you are doing exactly what trolls do. Post the same thing over and over, mixed in with personal attacks, while posting nothing of substance.

    If I am so clueless, CORRECT ME. Show me what I posted that was a lie or a myth. Everything I posted was either a fact, or an opinion. No lies, no myths. Everything you post… is nothing. I’ve supported my stance. The burden of proof is on you here. So PUT UP OR SHUT UP. Take your time, I’ll wait.

  • Eric Geller

    Proved my point again. Reference your previous postings so you don’t have to wait and I don’t have to wastemy time. Enjoy your life.

  • hergieburbur

    You are an idiot. You have to say something to prove something, troll.

  • Eric Geller

    Yeah….

  • SteelersDepot

    Last warning.

  • Eric Geller

    Sorry SteelersDepot. Not my intention. Just am tired of perpetual lies about my city in regards to the NFL. Wont post anymore. Again, Sorry.

  • Elliot Strong

    I like it the way it is.

  • andrewluckjeem

    Joe Buck approves a move to Los Angeles. Free comp tickets to home games during the season he will never attend due to work commitments. And more local media attention on his baseball love team dujour, the Cardinals.