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Thoughts on LA getting a team (AFC South advantages)

So we all know the talks about LA getting a team.  Rumors ranging about them building a new stadium combining with those franchises that are struggling.  The teams that come up most often include the Bills, Chargers, Jaguars and Vikings.

The Bills are already working on expanding their market (and may eventually completely move there) to Toronto.  The Vikings need a new stadium and them moving would totally screw up the geographic alignment of the NFC North (but would be fun symmetry as the Lakers originated in Minnesota, too), so I don't see them as a prime candidate.  The Chargers would be the easiest since they are already in California and their fans may be pissed, but could still go to games (I'm assuming the distance is somewhere between 2-3 hours driving).  Also, they were originally from LA back in the AFL days.  That leaves the Jags... 

We all know the struggles the Jags have with selling out their stadium.  It's too big, so they cover seats, yadda yadda yadda.  I'm not going to get into that.  I'm also not going to get into their fan support.  What I do want to bring up are the advantages that would bring the AFC South if the Jags are the team to cross the country to LA.

The main advantage is the media exposure that will come with an LA team in the division!  Yes, travel times would be hell for all involved, but it would be worse for the LA team (since they'd have to make the trek most often).  However, LA is the country's 2nd largest market.  Combine that with Houston, 4th largest city, and we have a division that will be a media-magnet.  The Colts already have huge market-awareness based solely on Manning.  When the Titans are dominant, the team eventually gets the attention it demands.  

With the promise of Locker and other young players, this could bode very well for the Titans.  Hollywood vs. Music City.  Manning won't last forever and the Colts will fall back to being just another team.  If the Jags move to LA, the Titans will have an awesome opportunity for constant national attention.  

This is all conjecture, but it's fun.  It's the offseason.  And I'm tired of reading about/discussing CJ's contract.

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