ampant wrote:Honestly though, how can LA not have a football team? It's 2nd largest market in the nation. If NO isn't a viable option anymore, it should go there. (I wonder if the team will keep it's name, . . . Saints in the city of Angels).
It sucks for New Orleans not to have football, but not as much as it sucks being underwater with no local economy.
Just having a huge market doesn't mean a whole lot if no one cares about the team. LA had not one, but two franchises leave. I don't see how things would be any different with the Saints. At least the people of NO (God Love 'Em) actually care about that franchise. In LA they'd be, what, the 6th most popular team in town? (assuming they get more love than the Clippers.)
This whole thing just sucks. Shows what loyalty gets ya as an NFL fan though. I hope NO does get to keep the Saints name and history, but I don't know that they'd ever get a new team to run out there. Still, if this it how it's gonna be, the Saints name should die. The "Los Angeles Saints" makes me wanna hurl. (Not to mention it just sounds oxymoronic).
As Mike Ditka once said about an NFL Owner who screwed over a city filled with loyal fans...A Pox on you Tom Benson, and all your House.
I was listening to a radio show in LA and the topic was attendance.
Chicago White Sox attendance in '05 regular season. 2.2 million. Middle Market baseball team competing with the Cubs.
Guess what the Crappy LA Dodgers attendance was....????
3.3 million at the gate. Easily one of the least competitive owners in the league. No names on the squad. But the draw is still huge. How can you justify this. Yes the dodgers have a following. But the team sucks.
Clippers are/were consistently among the top 10 in NBA Revenue. Why is that? Not because the team is competitive? Because they haven't been. They typically don't have any stars. Becuz they are consistently trading them away. Not to mention the Lakers are in the same town/building. But they still make mad loot.
My point is....The LA Market is tremendous. No matter the number of pro, semi-pro, college teams there are. People will watch. LA is so diverse. We have something for everyone.
IF YOU BUILD IT...THEY WILL COME.
I am not a Saints Fan. But if you put them in LA. I am there. I am loyal to the NFL and the Raiders.
BTW the LA Coliseum.*spelling* is a piece of crap. High School bleachers are better than the seating at the Coliseum. No Joke. A section of the seating is still bleachers. No way a Pro team can sell tickets to put fans over there.