Any faint hope that the Raiders ownership would entertaining moving the team back to Los Angeles got just a little weaker.
On Monday, sources told Yahoo! Sports that the proposed NFL stadium to be built next to Staples Center “is essentially dead to the NFL.”
The stadium would be funded by AEG, but the source said, “It’s either too hard for AEG to make money [and pay the debt on the stadium] or too hard for the team. I just can’t see a way for it to work.”
Ever since the passing of the great Al Davis, there have been rumors that his son Mark would follow in his father’s footsteps and relocate the team back to Los Angeles. In 1982, after unsuccessful attempts to renovate the Coliseum, Al moved the Raiders to LA, where they would win the Super Bowl the following season.
Obviously, without a stadium plan in place, there is no way that the Raiders would even entertain a move. Los Angeles is one of the only major cities to have an MLB, NBA, and NHL team, but no NFL franchise.