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By Nick Hickman
Los Angeles, the home of Hollywood, Universal Studios and Chaz Bono, now has its own professional football team once again.
A vote last week among NFL owners rendered the final nail in the coffin for St. Louis fans; their Rams will relocate to Los Angeles for the immediate 2016 season.
For owner Stan Kroenke, the 30-2 decision serves as a victory to return his team to their previous home. It’s been 21 years since the Rams played their last game in Los Angeles, in which time Kroenke has repeatedly criticized the economic and fan support put forward by St. Louis and will now cough up $550 million in order to leave the city.
Waiting for him, however, is one of the largest entertainment markets in the country and enticing plans for an alluring new $1.8 billion dollar stadium located in Inglewood, 10 miles from downtown L.A. Until the completion of the stadium in 2019, the Rams will make their home in the L.A. Coliseum.
The narrative is thrilling and nostalgic for former Los Angeles Rams fans—who claimed the team for the majority of its existence—but is far more somber for St. Louis fans, victims of yet another NFL team to jumped ship on the city.
In 1988, the St. Louis Cardinals (yes there was an NFL team called that too) left and relocated in Arizona. Now, despite the city’s proposal for a new $1.1 billion dollar stadium along the Mississippi River, St. Louis fans are left in the same position as they were almost thirty-years ago.
The city has long been at odds with Kroenke and the NFL. Last Wednesday, Mayor Francis Slay spoke out saying, “At this point I’m so frustrated and disappointed with the NFL.”
Slay went on to call the league “dishonest” and added that he has no desires to re-involve himself with the NFL.
Kroenke’s feud with the city and its fans has continued despite the team’s departure. In an interview with the LA Times Kroenke stated that he wasn’t going to, “sit there and be a victim.”
However the move is not unlike many before it, leaving fans and taxpayers as the true victims.
The city and county will be forced to pay off bonds used to fund the stadium until 2021, but will do so without a team to cheer for. Instead, they’re left only with the memory of four winning seasons and one Super Bowl in the team’s tenure in St. Louis.
Fans in San Diego and Oakland may have reason to fear the same fate. Although the state of California will undoubtedly welcome its fourth NFL franchise in the near future, Commissioner Roger Goodell also gave the San Diego Chargers the option to jointly join the Rams in L.A.
The team has one year to accept the offer, which would then be passed to the Raiders should San Diego decline. Both teams were additionally granted a $100 million dollar incentive to build new stadiums in their current locations.
Only the coming months however, will prove whether or not the incentive money is enough to draw owner’s eyes away from the glamorous Los Angeles market. The league is about dollars and cents, and they will do anything to further their product.
The near future will also indicate whether the Rams’ move is a good one. Los Angeles undeniably offers economic opportunities, but it also carries its fair share of baggage. The results had in St. Louis will far from satisfy Los Angeles fans who have been spoiled over the years with the success of teams like the Lakers and Kings.
The fans, after all, they are the true life-blood of the league (whether they be in the seats or on the couch).
It’s time now for Stan Kroenke to deliver his new fans with a product that will succeed beyond the balance sheet.
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I lean to the left, voted for the Democrat, and wanted her to win.
I’m ashamed that the first black president will be succeeded by someone who led a racist birther movement and is supported by the KKK.
But despite the number of factors that lead to this election outcome, some of which are valid, many which are not, the Democratic Party largely has themselves to blame.
They dropped the ball.
The twist ending to this election is that what was supposed to be a civil war in the Republican Party is actually something that will certainty now take place in the Democratic Party.
Democrats need to recalibrate and figure out what happened, and what they stand for.
From my point of view, there are a number of things that need to be changed going forward.
I think Hillary Clinton would have made a fine President.
But the reality is that she was a truly awful candidate.
Her campaign will become the textbook “what not to do” for future campaigns.
The people around her cared more about protecting her than lifting her up and making her a successful candidate.
In an age where authenticity mattered, she was too scripted, and not human enough.
She carried enormous baggage, made many mistakes, and seemed out of touch with what the electorate was really feeling.
I support a DNC “drain the swamp” effort.
Get people who will follow a mandate, be fair, and not become an extension of another campaign.
The way Bernie Sanders was treated by the DNC was shameful.
The way the DNC tried to shoe in Clinton for the nomination is a disgrace.
Clinton was treated as the incumbent nominee by the party before the primaries even began.
The party forfeited a lively, spirited primary process with a number of interesting candidates to back an establishment candidate with enormous baggage and a likability problem.
Why they took the risk on an accomplished but incredibly flawed candidate, when it was so important to conserve President Obama’s progress for a new term, I will never understand.
It was status quo politics, elitism, and people are rightfully sick of that crap.
Clinton’s ideas were generally the right ideas.
She had vast knowledge of world and domestic issues that Trump does not have.
If that wasn’t clear before, it certainly will become so during his administration.
The problem was with communication and perception.
Perception is reality.
If there was one piece of advice I could offer to change this for democratic candidates in the future, it would be this:
Democrats, stay away from Hollywood.
Stay away from celebrities.
Stay away from elites.
Stop associating yourself with big money interests.
Appeal to the average working person that Trump intercepted.
It felt like every other week Clinton was having a celebrity fundraiser in Los Angeles or New York.
Celebrities don’t represent most people.
They don’t represent me.
Instead of taking the message to Wisconsin, which Clinton didn’t visit once as the nominee, and then lost, she chose to have a big money event with elites somewhere.
What a missed opportunity.
Wisconsin and Michigan should have been won.
And no one gives a shit about celebrity endorsements by the way.
We don’t care what Eva Longoria thinks about politics, or that Lena Dunham likes Clinton.
No one on the face of the earth should use a celebrity endorsement as a major factor in choosing a candidate.
Stop encouraging it.
No more $30,000 per plate dinners with George Clooney in the Hollywood Hills.
Clinton doesn’t need their money.
She had enough of her own.
No more concerts with Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, or Beyonce.
No one is impressed.
People are tired of elitism, and I am, too.
The bells and whistles do nothing, people just want someone who will listen to them.
Take the message to the people, and make clear that your interest is to stand up for them.
Michael Moore posted on Facebook that the Democratic Party needs to be returned to the people.
Moore has been right about this election all along.
Nearly everyone else wasn’t.
I’m optimistic real change will happen.
I think we are in for some major disillusionment about Trump, and in the meantime, the party will have the opportunity to fix the issues, re-evaluate their strategy, and come back stronger.
It needs to.
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