Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, doesn’t get to choose which NFL teams come to his city, but if he did he would probably make sure the Raiders ended up as the odd team out.
When asked what he thought the likelihood would be of Los Angeles getting a second NFL team to go with the Rams, Garcetti said that he’d like to see the Chargers and Raiders try to work something out.
“To take a franchise from their other area, I think is a tougher proposition, so I’d like to see those home markets keep their teams,” Garcetti told ESPN.com’s Capitol Games podcast.
If the Chargers work something out with the city of San Diego, then the option of moving to L.A. would go to the Raiders and if that happens, Garcetti said that his city would need to be careful because things have been more peaceful since the Raiders left.
“Crime has gone down every single year since the Raiders left L.A. [after the 1994 season]” Garcetti said, although he did add that he was “half-joking,” which is almost even funnier because he could’ve just said he was joking. Instead, he decided to take a nice jab at Raiders fans.
Statistically speaking, Garcetti, is technically not wrong . L.A. crime had been going down for over a decade before spiking at the beginning of 2015. That also happens to be when the Raiders started talking about moving back to L.A. Coincidence…?
Source: CBS Sports