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All three teams have called Los Angeles home and have a local fan base, so there is some logic to their thinking. But all three teams also left L.A. for greener gridirons (the Chargers after their inaugural 1960 season), and are now negotiating for new or improved stadiums in their current cities.
Are the team owners just flirting with L.A. to make their own cities jealous? Are they hoping to squeeze concessions out of their hometowns by threatening to move?
Hard to say. It remains an anomaly that for the last 20 years the nation's second largest city and media market, which supports two teams each in basketball, baseball and hockey, has had no professional football team. But skepticism is called for. Especially when you remember that any move must be approved by a three-fourths majority of NFL team owners.
Local officials should take these proposals seriously without becoming desperate or giving away the store. The two newest proposals came six weeks apart, and they have created a sense of urgency. But if the overtures are sincere, they won't disappear because local officials live up to their responsibility to balance the interests of neighborhoods against developers and football franchises. Yes, these projects can create jobs and economic development, but they also come with costs that need to be studied.