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New Orleans Saints: Could Saints Be Relocating To Los Angeles?

The latest news coming out of New Orleans is that the Saints have extended their training camp by one week, moving some of their preseason practice sessions to Oxnard, California in preparation for their game against the Oakland Raiders.

I may be looking to far in the future, but where is this move to California heading? There are also rumors that the Saints may be looking at holding their training camp somewhere other than Metairie in the future.

I read the city of Los Angeles has received final approval to move ahead on their proposed new stadium “FARMERS FIELD”, it’s being built  by Majestic Realty Co, and will be completed by 2016.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was quoted this week as saying, “We are going to play in Minnesota for the foreseeable future, once the governor approves the new stadium”.

The group Majestic Realty, that will be building and owning the new stadium in California, will not be pinning all of their hopes on the chance that only one NFL team will be interested in the move.

It’s quoted on this website that there are several teams mentioned, it’s not a rumor, and that the teams mentioned for possible relocation to Los Angeles include the Saints, Vikings and Bills.

That brings to mind three questions, is it true the Saints are going to move their training camp to a new location next year, and if so “why” and is this new location in California?

The Saints fan base is strong out west, and I think the entire Saints organization is certainly appealing coming of their first Superbowl victory, although the chances of a relocation are beyond incredibly slim to none.

I hope the reasons mentioned by coach Sean Payton about wanting to practice in cooler weather and help build team camaraderie is true, and is not just a preview of whats to come in the future.

The National Football League played a big role in helping the state of Louisiana and the Saints come to the current agreement, which is for the next ten years. Hopefully there are no loop holes in that contract.

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  • llamakc

    Drink less, post less, and read more. Horrible. #tpp

  • Slowflowpro

    You link to that article for speculation about the Saints but neglect to even mention that the article rules out the Saints pretty quick with this quote

    “The league will go out of its way to see the Saints stay in New Orleans and it is far more likely that the Saints will survive there than will the Hornets. ”

    Stop trying to drive up page hits for yourself

  • Slowflowpro

    your link is to an article that is 2 years old at least. It has comments on it from 2009. Way to do some research Paul.

  • paublopaul

    @Slowflowpro i think you are missing the entire point Slowflowpro, the move that will happen for some team is in 2016, when the article was written or commented on means nothing. The same teams mentioned in that areticle in 09, are very vurnable right now, There are no gaurantees that the Saints will remain in NO forever, but i was bringing up the point that moving practices to California now may lead to something else later.. is all who dat fan forever..

  • bigdig

    Dude, you really need to do more research before you publish. The state of louisiana just finished $180 million in renovations to the superdome and were showing it off yesterday to the media. Also, the state reached an agreement to jeep the Saints IN Louisiana through 2020 and sold an office building next to the superdome to Benson. You need to stop permeating this false rumors about a stable franchise, I would believe the chargers would move to L.A. before the Saints do

  • Chipd

    It does matter when it was posted actually. The previous post was before the Saints won the Super Bowl. They are now more profitable than ever…so less likely to move. In fact, the recent teams mentioned as likely to move, are the Raiders and the Chargers

  • kizomich

    Poorly written ignorance.

  • paublopaul

    @bigdig I’m only bringing up the subject, that this is a possiblity, but FYI the total cost for the multi-phase project was $336 million, which began after Katrina wrecked the building in 2005, in hopes of keeping the Saints until 2025, I was only wondering if there is a connection between moving the team to California to practice or moving them permanently. Not actually claiming that the Saints are moving to Los Angeles..

  • Slowflowpro

    @paublopaul First, you are a horrible speller. Second, the timing of the article matters very much as it is the foundation of your entire post. Not only is the article old but this quote “The three that SPRING TO MIND are the Saints, the Bills and the Vikings, all of whom have stadium issues to work out” is just rampant speculation by the author. He just picked 3 names off the top of his head no rumor or reports or anything.

    The same teams mentioned in that article are very vulnerable? Maybe the Bills and Vikings but not the Saints. Not to mention that since that article the Jaguars and Chargers have emerged as much more likely candidates to move. Your post was poorly written, poorly researched, and poorly thought out.

  • whodat22

    Are you fucking insane? ‘OMG, the Saints are practicing in Oxnard! That must mean they’re moving out there!’ Ain’t nothing to connect, more than the Saints are gonna practice out there for a week. What are you, 12? Get a life dumbfuck.

  • misfut

    This article was actually torn apart by SI and ESPN over a year ago, since the Saints are no longer considered a team likely to relocate.

    Season Ticket sellouts, Winning Seasons, Super Bowl – all of those things have them in the top of the league in profit.

    Teams most likely to move are San Diego, Oakland and Minnesota, but the MOST likely is Jacksonville, in fact, almost all analyst believe that will be the next team to move. In 10 home games last year, 1 was televised locally. ONE. Against the Colts.