It seems that the NFL is planning on (not surprisingly) controlling all aspects of a potential team relocation to Los Angeles.
ProFootballTalk reported that the SportsBusiness Journal has reported that the NFL actively is nixing any move to L.A. that does not directly involve the league.
According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the league reiterated to all 32 teams in an October memo that the league owns the market, and that the league will decide if/when a team can move there.
The NFL also explained, per Kaplan, that a team buying real estate in L.A., ostensibly for a new stadium, wouldn’t keep the league from doing its own stadium deal. Kaplan writes that there are some concerns that a team may try to squat on the L.A. market by purchasing the land.
This story is extremely relevant to the Raiders given the fact that the Oakland Coliseum lease expires this season. This report shows it is entirely possible that the league fears that Raiders owner Mark Davis would try to swing a deal to return to L.A. without league involvement or approval considering the history of the Davis family and the fact the Raiders could feel a right to the city based on their Los Angeles history.
In 1996 the Seahawks tried to move to Los Angeles without the goahead of the league office. Not surprisingly that move failed miserably, to the benefit of the Seahawks who have a pretty good situation in the Pacific Northwest after riding it out.
The NFL wants a large piece of the L.A. pie. From an expensive relocation fee to complete control over how it is done, it is no surprise that we have yet to see an NFL team relocate to Hollywood. That difficulty and NFL meddling plays into the hands of Oakland fans, perhaps Mark Davis will rather deal with the headache with the cash strapped City of Oakland over having Roger Goodell and his cronies put their hands in the Raiders cookie jar by strong-arming the details of an LA relocation.