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Why Bills may end up in L.A.

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09:43 AM ET 06.26 | When Tim Leiweke, president/CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which is trying to build a stadium and bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, said he spoke to five teams about relocating, the Bills were not mentioned. But there is plenty of reason to believe that when an NFL franchise returns to L.A., it could be the Bills. Owner Ralph Wilson's position has never changed -- the team will go to the highest bidder after he dies. While he has expressed his desire for the Bills to stay in Buffalo, it will be out of his hands.

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June 26, 2011  09:46 AM ET

"Bills"...a good name for an LA team because that's what they'll leave behind in 5 or so years when they move again. Today's Los Angeles isn't an NFL town.

June 26, 2011  09:48 AM ET

New topic du joir...

Is Ralph Wilson still alive?

June 26, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

New topic du joir... Is Ralph Wilson still alive?

Of course. Five years ago, he was bitten on the neck by Al Davis.

June 26, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"Bills"...a good name for an LA team because that's what they'll leave behind in 5 or so years when they move again. Today's Los Angeles isn't an NFL town.

Agreed. Just look at the last NFL - LA debacle. Its the Laker's town period.

June 26, 2011  09:58 AM ET

Morning all, LA simply doesn't deserve another team.

June 26, 2011  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Morning all, LA simply doesn't deserve another team.

I always find this sentiment interesting. Lots of cities have had teams leave for the exact same reasons why the Rams and Raiders left. Most of them now support a team. Why is Los Angeles held to a different standard than every other city that had teams leave?

June 26, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I always find this sentiment interesting. Lots of cities have had teams leave for the exact same reasons why the Rams and Raiders left. Most of them now support a team. Why is Los Angeles held to a different standard than every other city that had teams leave?

I do not know of any city that lost more than one team, how many chances should they get? Perhaps there are other cities where a team would be better received?

June 26, 2011  10:16 AM ET
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I do not know of any city that lost more than one team, how many chances should they get? Perhaps there are other cities where a team would be better received?

Take that back.. Cleveland lost 2, LA lost 3

June 26, 2011  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Take that back.. Cleveland lost 2, LA lost 3

The Chargers were in LA for one season. That's not exactly the same thing.

June 26, 2011  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Morning all, LA simply doesn't deserve another team.

I have a theory. LA's teams don't work because they have always been transplanted. Los Angeles' fan population is far too vain and egotistical to accept this. They don't want someone else's broke, hand-me down, reject team. They need their own shiny new team. That they can build fan base from the ground up.

Keep importing teams and they're destined to fail.

Give them an expansion team...build them a stadium made out of gold, and it will make money hand over fist.

June 26, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I do not know of any city that lost more than one team, how many chances should they get? Perhaps there are other cities where a team would be better received?

Besides, looking to the future, the changing demographics of that area are pointing more towards enthusiasm for futbol and away from football.

June 26, 2011  10:26 AM ET

When you're sharing common company with Cleveland, things are bound to look bleak.

June 26, 2011  10:31 AM ET

Hope the team stays in Buffalo. These LA goons got enough sports teams as it is.

June 26, 2011  10:32 AM ET

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June 26, 2011  10:40 AM ET

LMAO ... never going to happen!!!

June 26, 2011  10:45 AM ET

Personally, I think the Jags, Rams or Cardinals are a better for LA LA land.

June 26, 2011  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I have a theory. LA's teams don't work because they have always been transplanted. Los Angeles' fan population is far too vain and egotistical to accept this. They don't want someone else's broke, hand-me down, reject team. They need their own shiny new team. That they can build fan base from the ground up. Keep importing teams and they're destined to fail.Give them an expansion team...build them a stadium made out of gold, and it will make money hand over fist.

Good point- LA never took to the Dodgers when they moved from Brooklyn, or the Lakers when they moved from Minneapolis.

June 26, 2011  10:56 AM ET
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Good point- LA never took to the Dodgers when they moved from Brooklyn, or the Lakers when they moved from Minneapolis.

I thought I was talking about NFL fans...

June 26, 2011  11:01 AM ET

Take it from somebody who has lived through this: If Raplh Wilson cares about the future of his franchise, an auction is the last thing he'll do. Jack Kent Cooke did the same thing, and we ended up with Dan Snyder for the past decade and probably the next 5 decades. Worst thing that ever happened to the Washington Redskins. I hope the same thing doesn't happen to the Bills, but unless Wilson changes his mind, they're history.

 
June 26, 2011  11:03 AM ET

Bills to LA? If I was the new owner, I'd take that opportunity/risk.

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