It's an inescapable conclusion at this point, but the NFL doesn't want a team in Los Angeles. A big empty lot, with the potential for a new stadium and team, is far more valuable to the league and the owners as a threat than as an actual franchise. As teams attempt to wring taxpayer money out of their communities for new stadiums and renovations, they're realizing that politicians have wised up about shelling out public funds to strengthen rich owners' investments. With civic duty no longer a tempting carrot, owners have turned to the stick—give us a new stadium or we'll move to L.A.
The Dolphins are fighting this battle in an already-burned South Florida, as are the Rams, while the Bills somehow convinced New Yorkers to pick up 84 percent of the cost of a new stadium. But no one has been as bold as the Panthers, who want to renovate Bank of America Stadium and want Charlotte and North Carolina to cover two-thirds of the price.