The NFL likes to reward teams that builds stadiums with a little present called the Super Bowl. Thank you. So it's more than reasonable to expect the LA or Southern California should get a Super Bowl too, right, perhaps as early as 2019? Just the small matter of building a stadium and getting a team first. And I say small matter with tongue firmly in cheek. I spoke with Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwell here in New York City today, at the official ''handoff ceremony'' turning over the Super Bowl responsibilities to next year's host city, the Phoenix suburb of Glendale Arizona. After that it's Santa Clara, where, surprise surprise, the 49ers will be playing in its brand new stadium, then Houston, then the next year is either Indy, Minneapolis, or New Orleans (dome, dome, dome).
So LA is ready to rock and roll for 2019, right? Well, if you can figure out if and when a team is going to come here, you're a genius. Yesterday after the LA Times Sam Farmer broke the story that Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a large parcel in Inglewood, there was a lotta buzz about moving the Rams here ( Their stadium lease in St Louis is up after next year ) Nothing's confirmed. AEG's ''Farmer's Field '' has the required permits, environmental impact reports, nothing's happened. We always here about the proposal in Industry, nothing there either. I asked Bidwell if a stadium has to be built first then a team comes, or a team has to commit to coming and then build it's own stadium?
That is a question neither he, nor Comish Roger Goodell will answer. The short response '' it's complicated''. I also spoke with Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer who is a huge cheerleader for her state (we didn't get into some of her more controversial proposals). Perhaps Governor Jerry Brown needs to get involved, and remind the league that LA is still the nation's second largest city and media market and has about 12 million people? but Governor Brown would probably rather remind us about the drought and tell us not to flush the toilet too often.
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