RUSH: Mike in San Marcos, California, great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: How’s it going, Rush? Mega dittos, dude.
RUSH: Thank you very much. It’s great to have you here.
CALLER: Okay. You know, I’m not really sure what’s going on here with the NFL, and I’m not sure that it’s not just something particular with the San Diego team, but the NFL wants us to believe that two NFL teams can share a stadium now, and I’m just wondering what you think about that.
RUSH: That can be done. They do it in New York, the Jets and the Giants share a stadium. In fact, I think in LA two teams are gonna have to share a stadium to help amortize the stadium, help pay for it, unless Stan Kroenke builds a stadium. Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, he can build the whole thing himself. There are nine different possible configurations of the NFL moving to LA. And by that, I mean, it could be the Chargers and Raiders at one location; it could be the Rams and Chargers at another location; it could be the Rams alone; it could be the Chargers alone; it could go the Raiders and the Chargers, the Raiders and the Rams. There’s nine different combinations here.
Now, the owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, said at the most recent owners meetings in Arizona that there will be two teams in LA next year. He didn’t commit, but he said that’s pretty good thinking, two teams in LA next year. And there were some people that said, “Wait a minute, what do you mean, two teams?” Based on your theory, one of two teams sharing a stadium. But some of the wizards of smart say there are gonna have to be. You’re gonna have to use that stadium in order to make money out of it or make money off of it, and so two teams is one of the requirements.
I think there’s another reason the NFL is gonna put two teams out there. Do you know the NFL is gonna charge whatever two teams move there, a $500 million transfer fee? You might think, well, they’re gouging ’em. No, they’re not. Partly, but it’s also to make sure that if you’re gonna move there, you’re gonna stay there. If you’re gonna move there, if you’re gonna leave a market, the teams are gonna say, wait a minute, I’m leaving a guaranteed situation wherever or a bad situation. The $500 million can be justified, but the league gets that money. They would love to get a cool billion dollars by expanding to LA without having to do anything for it other than allow two teams to go.