Originally posted by okdkid:
This isn't an LA vs. anybody thing. The fact is, as a business, the NFL is doing just fine without LA. It has been that way for some time now. The NFL has never, in its history, been more profitable. Therefore, the NFL has the leverage in these negotiations. Simple as that.
I'm sure at some point LA will get an NFL team. It will be on the NFL's terms. Not LA's.
Neither side really has leverage over the other which is why the whole thing has been spinning it's wheels and going nowhere for so long.
NFL has more to gain by having a team in LA because while business is very healthy it would be even better with a team in LA. But as it's been pointed out it's more the NFL would really like a team in LA rather than it needing one there. So the NFL doesn't need to rush things and it can wait for the right opportunity or situation to develop before it pushes things.
The NFL is just waiting for a team to move as at this point as any team that moves will all but certainly go to LA and than it will start getting serious about putting a team in there.
My personal guess is the NFL is just waiting on the Raiders since it looks like they won't be sharing the new Santa Clara stadium, they likely won't get one in Oakland, there is already a build in fanbase in LA, and it spreads out the markets a bit with the Chargers covering the South of Cali, the Raiders the middle, and 9ers the North.