In another effort to maintain control of the Los Angeles market, and prevent a "land rush" to the nation's second-largest metropolitan area, the NFL has formed a committee on Los Angeles opportunities.
The Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of a memo sent out to all 32 teams announcing the formation of the committee. According to the Times the group of owners has been working together for months on the Los Angeles issue without the official designation of a committee, and consists of Clark Hunt of Kansas City, Robert Kraft of New England, John Mara of the New York Giants, Bob McNair of Houston, Jerry Richardson of Carolina, and Art Rooney of Pittsburgh.
There are no real mavericks in the group. Hunt, Mara and Rooney are sons of old-school owners. One would think that McNair wouldn't necessarily be in favor of relocation in general because he would be protective of the San Antonio market.
Kraft is considered one of commissioner Roger Goodell's closest friends, although who knows if that's still the case after the "Deflategate" controversy and the fact that Kraft wants an apology from the league if the Patriots are cleared of wrong-doing in the matter.
The formation of the committee is another reminder by the league to owners in St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland — all of whom are on year-to-year leases and eyeing LA — that the league wants to control the market. That's particularly true in the case of Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who easily has been the most aggressive of the three club owners in terms of Los Angeles with plans for a stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
According to the Times, the committee will in part, "evaluate the various stadium options available in LA, oversee the application of the relocation guidelines in the event that one or more clubs seek to move to LA. . .and confirm that all steps taken in LA are consistent with the constitution and bylaws, and NFL policies."
Here's a link to the Los Angeles Times story.