Looks like USC won’t be the only pro football team in Los Angeles anymore.
ESPN LA is reporting that stadium developers finally got the approval from LA City Council to proceed with the building of a new downtown stadium that will allow the city of angels to bring back a NFL franchise.
Reports say that the next hurdle is convincing one or two of the downtrodden NFL franchises to move to LA.
“We’re not trying to steal a franchise and we’re not trying to force them to move before they make a decision to move,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the company behind the project. “That’s up to the individual owners out there today. But we will be very active in letting them know, despite what a lot of people thought, we have a deal with the city, we’ve gone through this process and we are shovel-ready.”
The approval came in a pack ed city hall and included former LA greats such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Rodney Peete.
I would assume that the short list of possible candidates to make that move include the San Diego Chargers, The St. Louis Rams again, the Oakland Raiders again, the Buffalo Bills, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
This could be a four or five-year process so don’t get to happy but LA will be a player in pro football again.