At this point it seems as though it’s a forgone conclusion that the NFL will relocate a franchise to Los Angeles in the near future. In fact, one of the league’s top executives said that entering that market is a top priority.
“Los Angeles is among our top goals, and there has to be a franchise,” said Eric Grubman, NFL VP of ventures and business operations (via reservationforsix.com). “We’re not in an expansion mood so that means you’d have to attract a franchise from another market.”
Once the current labor situation is resolved the NFL is expected to expedite the process of moving a franchise according to SI’s Peter King.
The likely candidates to be uprooted include the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.
The Oakland Raiders have also been mentioned as the Bay Area continues to seek funding for a new stadium.