SBD/December 18, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Source: '14 Season Would Be Earliest For NFL Team Relocating To L.A.

None of the "tenuous" NFL teams rumored to be moving to L.A. "are close to meeting the requisites" laid out by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to move to the market, according to a source cited by Peter King of SI.com. A team wishing to move "would have to demonstrate" three conditions. They include establishing "market failure" where the team now plays. A new stadium deal also "would have to be in place in Los Angeles with the moving franchise." Lastly, an "interim stadium deal -- at the Rose Bowl or Coliseum -- would have to be in place for the 2013 season and beyond." King: "I'm told no team had satisfied any of the three conditions, and none is in serious discussions for a temporary place to play while a new stadium is built." Though the window for satisfying all three conditions is "open until Feb. 15, progress has been nil, and it's now impossible that a team could get all three things done in the next eight weeks." King: "We won't see a resolution on a new team for Los Angeles until early 2014, at the earliest" (SI.com, 12/17).
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