NFL sends memo to teams regarding possible L.A. relocation

Prospects for a new football stadium in Los Angeles are “better than they have been in many years” wrote Roger Goodell in a two-page memo circulated to all 32 NFL teams.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times has the document and reports that Goodell basically outlined guidelines for possible relocation and pointed out the league not an individual team anxious for a new home will control the situation.

Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, has been without an NFL franchise since after the 1994 season when the Raiders and the Rams split town. Goodell says teams interested in relocating to Los Angeles must submit a request in writing between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15 of 2013. That doesn’t mean there could be a team in L.A. for the 2013 season though.

The NFL has been clear it doesn’t currently have plans for expansion but that doesn’t mean it will not at some point. It’s also possible a new stadium in Los Angeles will eventually house 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.

“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.”

You get the feeling that if they build it, the NFL will eventually come. It’s just a matter of where in Los Angeles and when. But we’ve been saying that for some time.

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