During his annual Super Bowl news conference on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that if the NFL were to put a team in Los Angeles, they would prefer it to be due to expansion and not because of an existing team moving there.
Of course, it doesn't sound like the NFL is planning on going that route any time soon, either.
"We have not talked about expansion in the league at all. It has not been on our agenda. It is not something we've focused on with our membership. And I don't see that in the foreseeable future," Goodell said. "We want to keep our teams where they are. We believe that's healthier for the league in the long term. We're working to get stadiums built and make sure we do whatever we can to make sure those teams are successful in those communities."
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So, the NFL doesn't want their teams moving, which is fine. Once everyone in the Minnesota legislature pulls their heads out and gets something together for a new stadium, we won't have to worry about the Vikings leaving, regardless.
While this is good news for Vikings fans that don't want to see their team depart from where they belong, one has to wonder what this could do to the level of urgency to get something done. Hopefully it won't screw things up too much. Then again, with the way this is being handled at pretty much every level, I guess they can't get that much more screwed up
I'm not sure why the NFL would even consider expanding at this point, either. The set-up they have now is perfect as far as conferences, divisions, etc. Throwing another team or two into the mix would throw everything off and further dilute the talent pool in the league. It just doesn't make any sense, no matter how much the league's other owners would stand to profit from it.