Free agency has come early in the NFL this year, but of players switching teams, teams are switching cities.
Following in the footsteps of the Rams move to Los Angeles, the Chargers decided to move up the California coast to Hollywood. Now recently, the Raiders filed relocation papers to move to Sin City and give Las Vegas their first NFL franchise.
In some of the situations, the teams have tried working with their cities to reach a deal to keep their franchises in those cities. Some of these moves make sense, while others leave fans scratching their heads.
One of the moves that have people confused was the Chargers move to L.A. First of, what sense does it make to move from San Diego, California to Los Angeles, California? If they wanted to move, they should’ve pushed harder to go to Las Vegas or one of the other cities available for teams to relocate to. Within 24 hours of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles, they were met with criticism from fans from San Diego, L.A. and everywhere else. And how is moving from a city with a 70,000+ stadium to a city with a 30,000 capacity stadium and a fan base that could care less about them an improvement?
The Raiders possible move to Las Vegas is becoming more and more of a reality with each passing month. This move is bittersweet because it’s good to see the Raiders getting the home they deserve and it would be cool for fans to be able to go to an NFL game and then gamble away all of their life savings within miles of each other. Then again, for the residents of Oakland, it has to suck that once you can finally be proud to root for their home team, their team is going to find a home in another city.
In the end, while some cities will lose their teams, and others gain teams, the real winner in all of this is the greed of the NFL. While some newly located teams will have to find ways to fill their stadiums with new fans, NFL execs will continue to fill their pockets with revenue no matter where these teams move.