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January 6, 2015 Posted by admin

Roman Gabriel quarterbacks the Rams during their blue-and-white uniform era, 1964-72.

The Hollywood Park Land Company announced Monday that it has teamed with St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to build an NFL stadium on the site of closed horse track Hollywood Park. Kroenke a year ago bought 60 acres of land in Inglewood, next to the Forum (where the Lakers once played) and Hollywood Park.

The Rams could be headed back to LA as early as 2016.

I would hate it for St. Louis to lose its NFL franchise, but the truth is, Los Angeles needs an NFL team. The nation’s second-largest metro area ought to have a pro football franchise.

My one request is if the Rams go back to Los Angeles, any chance they could scrap the gold from their uniforms and go back to the straight blue and white? Nothing cooler than those old Ram uniforms from the ’60s and early ’70s. The Roman Gabriel, Fearsome Foursome uniforms. The gold is all right, but the blue and white Ram look was awesome.

If the Rams go back to LA, it would be the second homecoming by a franchise in NFL history. And the second involving LA. The Raiders were in Oakland from 1960 through 1981, then moved to the Los Angeles Coliseum. In 1995, the Raiders moved back to Oakland.

The Rams started in Cleveland in 1937, moved to LA in 1946 and moved on to St. Louis in 1995. That was a gut punch of a year, 1995. Los Angeles lost two NFL franchises in one season.

Anyway, the NFL, thanks in part to the Raiders and Los Angeles, garnered a reputation as a league with lots of franchise shifts. But it’s really not true.

Of the NFL’s 32 franchises, only 11 have relocated over the years. And four of those came before World War II:

The Cardinals were founded in Chicago in 1920, moved to St. Louis in 1960 and moved to Phoenix in 1988.

The Redskins were founded in Boston in 1932 and moved to Washington in 1937.

The Bears were founded in Decatur, Ill., in 1920 and moved to Chicago in 1921.

The Lions were founded in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1930 and moved to Detroit in 1934.

The Browns were founded in Cleveland in 1946 and moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens in 1996.

The Colts were founded in 1953 and moved to Indianapolis in 1984.

The Chiefs were founded in Dallas in 1960 and moved to Kansas City in 1963.

The Chargers were founded in Los Angeles in 1960 and moved to San Diego in 1961.

The Titans were founded in Houston in 1960 and moved to Tennessee in 1997.

Plus the Raiders and Rams.

The NBA has 30 franchises. Thirteen of the 30 have relocated, and that’s not counting the Pelicans’ temporary move to Oklahoma City a decade ago or the Netropolitans’ bouncing back and forth between New York and New Jersey.

And of the 13 franchises that have relocated, the only one that’s been in the same spot since 1960 is the Pistons, who moved to Detroit from Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1957.

Major League Baseball has 30 franchises. Nine have relocated. Most of those relocations came more than 50 years ago. The most recent moves were the Montreal Expos to Washington in 2005, the Washington Senators to Texas in 1972, the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee in 1970, the Kansas City Athletics to Oakland in 1968 and the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta in 1966. That’s five franchise shifts in 50 years.

So baseball is the most stable sport for franchises, followed by the NFL and the NBA.


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