Leave it to the NFL to never pass up the opportunity to make a little money. As New Orleans continues to clean its streets and rebuild its city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NFL owners are swooping in like a proverbial pack of locust. Remember all of the goodwill the NFL had when it held a telethon for the victims of Katrina? That seems like a lifetime ago. Now the business of the NFL, which means exploiting local municipalities, is back in full swing.
The Washington Post is reporting that the NFL could relocate the Saints to Los Angeles if New Orleans does not come up with the money for a new stadium. But before fans in Southern California purchase a Deuce McAllister jersey, consider a few things.
Where is the team going to play? Who is going to pay to refurbish the Coliseum or build a stadium in Anaheim? If Tom Benson is not going to invest his own money to build in New Orleans, what makes you think he will pay for a stadium in Southern California.
And do not even think that local taxpayers are going to approve a stadium proposal. That is not happening.
Maybe Tom Benson will sell the team. The Washington Redskins were sold to Daniel Snyder for $800 million. The expansion Houston Texans went for $750 million. So a new owner would have to pay nearly $1 billion for a team and then build his own stadium. That is realistic. Almost as realistic as the notion expressed by Anaheim City Manager Dave Morgan who said that the NFL would be considering two teams in the region—one in downtown LA and the other in Anaheim.
Yeah, right. That would be an awful lot of NFL-staged telethons to raise that kind of money. The NFL has no intention to return to Los Angeles. Instead the NFL wants the ravaged gulf coast region to pony up for a new stadium for Benson and sadly, he will get it.
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