Friday, July 25, 2014


So today, sports writer and native San Diegan Nick Canepa twice wrote that "L.A. doesn’t deserve an NFL franchise." In the first instance, Nicky seems to imply that politicians of the City of Los Angeles doesn't deserve to have a team and presumably any tax revenue associated with an NFL team playing within the city limits. In the second instance, Nicky seems to imply that residents don't deserve to have a team fielded for each NFL season.

Many spin webs of lies about Los Angelenos and the history of the NFL in Los Angeles. Many claim Los Angeleos failed to support the Los Angeles Rams. Yet, while in Los Angeles, the Rams were among the most successful franchises in the history of the NFL in terms of attendance.

Having relocated from Cleveland, the Los Angeles Rams played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum between 1946 and 1979. In 31 of 34 seasons during those years, the Rams registered in the top 10 in attendance for NFL games. Between 1951 and 1960, the Rams topped the league in attendance every season. Between 1968 and 1976, the Rams never fell below fourth in season attendance.

Before a crowd of 102,368 on November 10, 1957, the Los Angeles Rams played the San Francisco 49ers setting the one-game paid attendance record that stood for 49 consecutive seasons until broken by a game played between the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in Azteca Stadium of Mexico City in 2005.

In 1980, the Rams moved 29 miles south to Anaheim. Anaheim is a city in Orange county and not Los Angeles county. From that move, attendance dropped significantly. The franchise only fielded one team with season attendance breaking the top 10 for the league, in 1980.

In the last four seasons the Rams played in Anaheim and not Los Angeles, attendance never broke the top 20 in a league that had 28 teams. In the final season in Anaheim, the Rams came in dead last in attendance for the league. In the final game ever played by a Rams team in Anaheim, the Rams lost to the Washington Redskins in front of a paltry 25,750, which registered 42.8% of the league average.

The NFL held its first Super Bowl in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1967. In nearby Rose Bowl Stadium of Pasadena, the NFL held five more Super Bowls (11, 14, 17, 21, 27).

It should be quite clear to anyone with a pulse that Los Angelenos have a stellar record when it comes to paying for tickets to watch NFL football.

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