LA going forward with NFL stadium and shopping for a team

I bet the fans in some of the cities mentioned are getting nervous.

SoCal city approves proposal for NFL stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) — [i]City Council members in the city of Industry unanimously approved a proposal Thursday for a pro football stadium intended to lure a team back to the Los Angeles area.

The vote helped clear the way for developers of the $800 million venue to begin talks with NFL teams about a possible move to the industrial and warehousing city 15 miles east of Los Angeles.

Majestic Real Estate Co. managing partner John Semcken said the company would begin shopping for a team on April 1, the deadline for opponents of the project to file a lawsuit.

At least eight franchises, including the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings, have been identified as possible targets for relocation, he said. Developers are confident the NFL would approve a move by a team, he said.

“They understand the stadium, they understand the economic opportunity,” Semcken said. “All they want is certainty. They want to make sure our stadium is getting built.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was monitoring potential stadium developments in the Los Angeles area but declined to comment on specific sites.

“We would like to return to the area but only under circumstances that would benefit both the community and the NFL,” he said.

Majestic intends to pay for the stadium with private funds and start construction as soon as a team has committed to playing there.

The neighboring cities of Walnut and Diamond Bar, fearing traffic-clogged streets and rowdy fan behavior, have threatened lawsuits to stop the project.

Walnut Councilman Joaquin Lim said officials in his city would likely decide whether to file a lawsuit on Wednesday, after Industry had filed stadium documents with the county. Two Walnut council members were targeted with recall papers this month by critics who said they had not opposed the stadium strongly enough.

Diamond Bar City Manager Jim DeStefano did not return a call seeking comment.

Semcken said Walnut officials have refused to meet with Majestic representatives.

The company had been negotiating with Diamond Bar officials over paying to widen streets and hire additional security guards to ease concerns in that city, he said. [/i]

It must be wonderful being a Raider fan and living in Oakland. Having lost their team once, they face yet another threat of their
team re-locating to LA. Both Viking's and Bill's fans have had this cloud over their heads for sometime as well.

NFL owners seam to be the worst offenders when it comes to moving well supported money-making teams.
I am of course assuming that no NFL team loses money. Of this I have no proof except that NFLPA Executive
Director Gene Upshaw doesn't believe any NFL team loses money either. ( Source http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/121061)

At what point do fans of any team in any league say enough is enough and just stop supporting such team?

I think that while the NFL has probably the best model of revenue sharing among the big leagues, the problem is a team like the Bills that have very low ticket prices and don't generate as much money as big market teams, still get the same TV money, from my understanding, as big market teams. I think now they keep local monies like parking and food sold at games and shirts, hats etc.

Yup, at some point for sure, enough is enough, you fill the building and that's not enough, NFL wants new stadiums everywhere that generate more money, I guess it's understandable that the threat will always be there or else they'll look for a city with a new stadium in a bigger or better market.