Originally Posted by Sam Hill
Unlikely. So, what, you'd have 17 teams in one conference and 15 in the other?
You do know that FOX pays for one conference's games and CBS for the other's right? You know that somebody's going to get hosed in a move of one of those teams to LA, right?
The reason LA has no team is because LA can't get its act together with regards to a stadium. The most talked about and easiest move is San Diego to LA because the Chargers are unlikely to get a new stadium in San Diego.
But, no, the NFL won't move two teams to LA (even though having two teams there makes a stadium deal more attractive - hey, maybe Al Davis would move).
That would defeat the TV purpose because there'd be a game in LA every week and unless they changed TV rules, Los Angelenos wouldn't be able to see as many games on TV as they enjoy now.
No Sam I met someone else would have to move to balence the conferences 16 16 if it was Jacksonville and Buffalo one would have to go to the NFC in exchange for another NFC team in place now switching to the AFC. Yes it would be differcult but not impossible either in my opinion. And yes I know there two different networks rights FOX and CBS. But this is Los Angeles the number 2 media market were talking.
And no in my opinion no one is going to get hosed because Los Angeles in my opinion will get two NFL franchises meaning one AFC and one NFC in my opinion both Buffalo and Jacksonville or who ever if it isn't Buffalo or Jacksonville.
Look Sam your preaching to the choir I can't stand that a city that is luke warm at best about wanting NFL football back Los Angeles in my opinion. Los Angeles is going to be potentially taking a NFL team out of my city of Buffalo that football in the fall is a huge part of our lives here in Buffalo. But the NFL is a business my desires or Buffalonians desires meaning nothing to the NFL in my opinion. Money is what drives major league sports today not just going to the games loyally for 50 plus years like the Buffalo Bills fans all have in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Bills aren't the Green Bay Packers that are grandfathered with the community owned team. Can a community owned team succeed in Buffalo yes in my opinion. But it is band today by the NFL. Look I hope for a mircle because I think that is what is going to have to happen for the Buffalo Bills to remain in Buffalo after Ralph Wilson passes.
As a Buffalonian this is a very hard thing to accept for fans outside of Buffalo understand Sam growing up in a WNY area as a kid as a Buffalo Bills fan like myself and watching your city get smaller and smaller and business leaving yearly. We as Buffalo Bills fans are trying to hang on to something that made our city special. We have lost so much and hanging onto the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres are us trying to fight to hang on to something after losing so much already as a community.
It is hard to really put into words just try to understand Sam why the Buffalo fans will show up no matter how bad the team is. It is because we don't want to lose anymore as a city it is a emotional thing that inless you grew up or live in the area people outside the WNY area wouldn't understand.
The Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres stand for more symbolically then just sports teams in Buffalo for most Buffalonians. That is the best way Sam I can explain it so your going to continue to see the seats filled at both Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres games no matter what product is on the field or the ice.
The Buffalo Sabres are already almost sold out for the season. There season tickets are caped at 14,000 plus and the rest will be sold quickly there is a waiting list for the Buffalo Sabres season tickets. The Buffalo Bills have two games already soldout Miami and Pittsburgh and I sure the Buffalo Bills will sell the season out for the year like they have for the past three years straight. Buffalo isn't like the Jacksonville situation.
The Buffalo Bills in my opinion will leave but not because they aren't loved and supported by the ticket buying public of Buffalo including myself. But because the business that is the NFL has simple outgrown Buffalo.
I could be bitter about it but what does that accomplish at the end of the day. I am enjoying the time I have left with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL in Buffalo. Most fans in Buffalo are taken it the same way in my opinion. We aren't going to do some silly boycotts or not support our team because that is stupid what is going on in Jacksonville in my opinion.
We going out with our heads held high that we did the best we could and we the Buffalo Bills fans weren't the reason the Buffalo Bills left Buffalo. There is no one to blame in my opinion this is a business. I haven't given up hope that the Buffalo Bills won't be the team to move to Los Angeles but I am also very realistic that Buffalo could be one of the teams because of our small market position Sam. I hope that clears things up for you. Let's Go Buffalo