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  1. Brady_to_Moss

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    Every chargers home game is a away game for them. Just make the move already
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    #12 Jersey

    No sense is going to L.A.

    L.A. is Laker town. They don't like football, and every team that goes there will end up leaving. Complete waste. Not sure why they're building that stadium.
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    #54 Jersey

    Agree. LA doesn't care anymore about football since the Raiders left. Might have a better shot in football loving states like Nebraska, Oklahoma or 'Bama.
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    You are right that the top of the LA pro sports pyramid is currently the Lakers (something that can always change with time), however, it doesn't mean other teams can't flourish while still sitting below the Lakers in popularity. I simply disagree with the premise that LA is not a football town. IMHO LA is sitting there waiting for the right team with the right ownership playing in the right venue (a winning on field product being an obvious plus). NFL football is ridiculously ubiquitous in American society. It's the only sport that young and old, male and female, foreign and domestic, rich and poor, just a vast swath of society in every geographic area, at minimum, takes notice of. Because of this, because of its huge media power/reach, because the product is at face value the best sports product on the planet, every town is an NFL football town. Of course every town doesn't have a large enough pool of potential stadium goers -- ones that have to pony up the significant $$$ it takes to attend a game -- to make a stadium financially viable/successful. LA, though, is not one of them. The LA market is a gigantic fertile ground of potential stadium goers (the TV viewership side is a done deal from day one. This is all about making the stadium work). With a super modern 'more than a stadium, it's an entertainment destination!' venue, with that gigantic pool of potential stadium goers, with the ubiquity/media reach of the NFL, an LA franchise holds a lot of promise to be very successful.

    My guess is that an expansion franchise would have better immediate fan base success. That's just a hunch/guess. It's one based on the thinking that a brand new team brings no negative baggage, no engrained past impressions). And it starts out as LA from its inception with an LA themed name, logo and as much LA flair to its visuals as is acceptable. All of this would become synonymous with LA because the most watched TV shows in the whole country, by a thousand miles, are NFL football games. Yet that doesn't mean a chargers or raiders or jaguars can't make an LA stadium work. But, as mentioned, these teams shouldn't even consider an LA plan unless it comes with a plan for a stadium 'destination' to call home. If one of those teams goes with a plan to use one of the existing, tired stadiums to call home? I immediately become skeptical about it being solidly successful in the near future.
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    Always heard the 2 most popular teams in LA were the Raiders and Chargers. Sooner or later one of those teams ( or maybe the Rams) are heading their. Once the raiders and rams left, I think most of the fans thier turned to the Chargers as the "home team".

    To me let it be the Chargers. Most people from San Diego couldn't care about sports, and the ones that do, a lot of them embrace the LA teams. Move them to LA, and call them the So Cal Chargers or something.

    No way the state of California gets 4 NFL teams though. They don't deserve it.
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    From what I know of LA's sports culture, it's the Lakers, USC, and pretty much no one cares about anything else all that much.

    Move an existing team there, like the Chargers. An expansion team is a refugee in waiting to go to some weird place like Norfolk, VA or Salt Lake City...or god forbid, London.
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    No way Virginia gets a team! That's Redskins country. I can see salt Lake City, OKC, or a team in Oregon.
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    IMHO Jacksonville was a geographical and economic mistake from the start and has no business being in the NFL. They should be the team that moves to LA. However that doesn't look like its gonna happen so in that event it probably should be the Chargers. They would encompass the least about of area dislocation for the existing fan base. Since they started in LA there is a historical link Plus it will mean that the best uniforms in the NFL will remain. ;)
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    The issue in LA isn't fan support, it's the lack of an NFL-quality stadium.
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    Wouldn't the Rose Bowl fit those needs?
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    That's true. Though Norfolk is a hodgepodge, due to the transient population there. There are as many Cowboy and Steeler fans there as Redskins fans it seems. The real problem with Norfolk is the lack of corporate support. The Navy is the largest employer there, and there aren't a ton of F500 companies headquartered there (only Norfolk Southern comes to mind off the top of my head).

    OKC is actually a good suggestion for where an LA expansion team could wind up. Oregon, I think, suffers from the same malady as California, but I'm not positive.
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    The Rose Bowl is too big. They would always have trouble selling all the seats.

    The trouble with fan support in So-Cal, is that half the population is transplanted from back east or the midwest, and they follow the teams that they grew up with.

    Also, there are a lot of year round outdoor activities that people have to choose from there, so an NFL team would have to be a perennial power to hold the interest of the fans.
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    Or San Antonio. They've been wanting a franchise for years, and being football crazy Texas, they would probably have no problem selling tickets.
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    The Dodgers were for a long time the most popular baseball franchise of all, NYC ones not excepted. So which sport is on top in LA can change over time.

    When I was growing up, decades ago, college football did feel bigger than the pros. Back then, USC and UCLA were both great college programs (USC regrettably doing better than UCLA even then). And the ties ran deep; rumor had it that 100 kids each in my graduating class went to USC and UCLA.

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