The New York Times has reported that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is little progress on moving a team to the Los Angeles market. "I'm not at the point where I would tell you that anything is imminent or that we have a solution identified at this point in time," said the commissioner. "There is progress, but we have heard that before."
The Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and St. Louis Rams are believed to be the leading candidates for a relocation to the rich L.A. market, greatly because they can exit their stadium leases next year. The league favors a downtown L.A. site over other possible locations such as City of Industry, Carson, and Inglewood, said the Times. The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, says he is unwilling to subsidize construction of a stadium.
The Times story doesn't mention this, but the Chargers, Raiders, and Rams are located in cities that can't afford a subsidy for a stadium, although St. Louis, which paid 100 percent of the cost of the domed stadium the team now plays in (opened in 1995), is working on alternative sites.