Rams, Raiders Could Be Returning To Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the sports and entertainment company seeking to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles says he’s spoken to officials from five pro football franchises about a possible move.

AEG’s Tim Leiweke told the Orange County Register on Thursday that he has spoken with representatives from the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He says the most recent discussion took place a week ago, but hasn’t specified which team those talks were with.

Leiweke also said that AEG owner Philip Anschutz was prepared to acquire a majority stake in an NFL team that would play at the proposed venue and that the company was willing to pay for a team to get out of its current lease.

AEG has proposed building a 72,000-seat stadium at a cost of $1 billion on part of the city’s convention center campus.

A rival stadium project by warehouse magnate Ed Roski has been proposed for eastern Los Angeles County by a company that has also not yet secured a team.

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  • Krys

    Please not the Raiders. LA has a bad enough rep, we don’t need more crazy idiots in town!

    • Den

      Bring the Los Angeles Chargers back home to Los Angeles.

      • Edward Rodriguez

        The Chargers left L.A. for a reason. No support. The Lakers & Dodger have a huge fan base. L.A. is not really a pro football city it is more a pro basketball city. Ask the Rams & Raiders. San Diego for a smaller city fills their stadium pretty good. So they will stay in San Diego & wait for a new stadium.

    • rob

      Please please not any of these teams, they left for a reason, however, Jacksonville would be cool

    • Ron

      Definitely NOT the Raiders. I’m sure both Ed Roski and AEG, are too intelligent to be taken advantage of by Al Davis. And they most likely would NOT welcome the negative Raider element, because who would take their families to ANY Raider games?

      Vikings or Chargers would be great.

      • TT

        first thing i said – please take the raiders off that list ! if we move the chargers that just puts a different part of our state at a financial loss,,,, Minnesota or St Louis are both proven winners :) Thats what we want here !! Revenue generating winners !!!!

      • cat7795

        Who would take their families to a Raider game??? Any family that consists of Raider Fans!

  • Mike

    I like Los Angeles without football. Less traffic. If it must happen, send the Rams. Pass on the Raiders.

  • Crazy Diamond

    Snooki is easy.

  • kb

    NOT THE RAIDERS!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • Pam`

    NO RAIDERS! I think we have enough trouble with thugs, much less a team full of them! I love football, but I could care less if we have a “home team”. It’s not like regular people can even afford to go to football games anyway. Who needs a team…we’re L.A., we’ve got everything else!

  • Mayor

    Please NO !!! No drunken Raider fans who will ruin the new Beautiful LA Stadium and next to the Staples…

    • cat7795

      There are Raider Fans everywhere, IF the Raiders got moved BACK to LA doesnt mean ALL their fans are goign to move to LA too! LMAO too funny!

      • Samantha Bressard

        And Raiders fans everywhere are a cancer that nobody wants to deal with.

  • Commissioner

    If the Raider & Ram producet didnt’ work years ago, why bring in losing Franchises again ? Bring in some new expansion teams, a fresh look…
    Don’t resort on a dark, ugly image like the Raiders, we all know what the colors
    represent in Los Angeles. We don’t need more drunken fans beating up on the Opposing fans, LA has had enough Violence…

    • Gary

      Rams have a history in LA not the Raiders,,,they caused all the mess in the get go! GO LA Rams!… Rams product works in LA

      • Ben

        The Chargers are originally from Los Angeles.

      • Football fan who survived

        Just FYI Gary, the Rams, like the Raiders, are NOT ORGINALLY from L.A….they started as the Cleveland Rams…and besides, L.A. has done so well without football because we pretty much have two teams in every other major sport (basketball, hockey, baseball) so when they left it was more like “good riddence to bad rubbish”

      • Vivo

        Raiders won L.A.’s only Superbowl in the 12 years they were here. Rams were here for 50 years, never won a Superbowl here. When the Raiders came to town, they had a bigger fan base in such a short amount of time. Guess what, 60% of L.A. football fans are Raider fans. Stop hating.

    • Raider369

      Enlighten me Commissioner. What does Silver and Black represent in Los Angeles?

      • Hayden Sherman

        You wouldn’t understand Raider369 even if we had the biggest moron on Earth explain it to you because if you are a Raiders fan (Which you obviously are because of your screen name) you are way too stupid to comprehend it. JUST LIKE YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO REALIZE THAT THE RAIDERS SUCK.

  • Robert

    Keep these losing teams out of LA. They sucked when they were here and they still suck.

  • jeffdg

    we don’t need the raiders back … OR … al davis !!!

  • Cool LA Resident

    Not again??? Why would AEG’s Tim Leiweke and the city of Los Angeles consider bringing back two terrible NFL franchises who where here for years and folded due to lack of attendance and for one, the Raiders who represent a Black and gloomy image in Los Angeles? Raider fans are your Dodger fans (same thugs) who destroy, ruin and give an ugly image to the city of Los Angeles.

  • Cilla

    I call BS! L.A. officials made it clear that for as long as Al Davis owns the Raiders, they will never return to L.A. I’ve been following both NFL proposals closely and AEG met with the Vikings last week – to help them plan and design their new stadium with a concept similar to LA Live (at least, the was the guise).

    CBS, you are late to the party and are regurgitating and misinterpreting old facts. Roski’s company is Majestic Realty – and their project is far ahead (literally shovel-ready and exempt of lawsuits, courtesy of the Governator) of AEG’s. Please give out accurate, thorough and current information. Otherwise, leave these stories to those who really care about it.


  • Waterpup

    Raiders had their chance and we don’t need Al Davis and his team of thugs back here. The Rams bore me so go away. Anybody but those two teams.

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    Please please not the Rams or Raiders, remember once burned , not again for these money grubbers AEG . We the taxpayers will wind up on the losing end as always.

  • RaiderFan

    I have been a Raider fan for almost 30 years. Yes, there are a lot of idiots out there who give “Football” its self a bad rap. It’s not just the Raiders! Go to any other stadium and you have deuschbags getting drunk in the parking lot and getting rowdy. Just like many you ignorant say the same thing about Dodger stadium it’s the same anywhere, including in crack-head cities like Arizona, Philly, just to name a few. So I say bring back the Raiders and give them another shot. Perhaps we’ve learned a few things from the first time around? If City Officials were smart enough they would increase “Security” no matter what team comes to LA.

    • LA Resident

      Raider Fan – It won’t happen, Didn’t the city of Irwindale have a package ready
      for Al Davis and he ran back to Oakland ? Raiders tried at the Los Angeles Coliseum for years and failed…

      • RaiderFan

        I agree. And things haven’t gotten any better in Alameda. Al Davis is always looking his best interest, not the teams. And bottom line is that things aren’t going well and this may be a new venture for him. If these investors are reaching out to him is for a reason and I’m sure it’s offer that he can’t refuse, especially when they’re willing to buy you out of your current lease in Alameda. C’mon, Al is not stupid, you think he’d rather stay in and old beat up stadium rather than live out the few years he has left in the luxury stadium? I think it’s a no brainer he’ll come back!

    • Riaderfan

      Interesting comments Saber 1. Goes to show who the real deushbags are in LA. Stereo-types like you are probably sitting at home like a typical Hill Billy junkie hitting that crack pipe or meth with all but 2 brain cells in which they continue to fight each other, therefore you can’t keep a normal conversation. Good luck junkie, I sincerely wish you the best and don’t end up dead in some crack-house in West Hollywood?! 

      BTW: I don’t like Tacos!

      Go Raiders!!!!

      • john

        Let me say this to all the raider haters out there…bug off … AL davis will not be around for ever just saying!! and about teams being loyal its all about the money!! the RAIDERS ARE A VERY YOUNG TEAM. i think the powers that be see that when it comes to picking a team!! raiders have a very strong fan base where ever they play!!

      • Clean CUt

        Im a Raider hater !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet you are a fan becasue your are a chulo and like the colors.

  • juice

    where getting a brand new NFL stadium in los angeles which means new team logo , new franchise, new begining.. it does not mean! you start bringing back your ex wife raiders & rams!!!!!!! period!!!

    • Hayden Sherman


  • George

    Football fan who survived

    Hockey sucks in LA they should move no one care and no cares about your input!. Your not a true football fan! and if the Lakers have 2 or more bad seasons you would dump on them also…Dodgers are a joke!…Your ban wagon fan!

  • Ron

    LA won t support expansion teams…There to rich with egos!
    Bring back the Rams!

  • DAX

    PLEEEEAAAAASE NOT THE RAIDERS !!!! it will be a gang fest. even if it’s not they belong in Oakland. The Chargers were originally from LA so it would be cool to bring them back Still So Cal Team The Rams came from Cleveland then left here for a reason. We need a new team THE LOS ANGELES CONDORS !

  • postersrdumb

    Yeah please not the raiders, we all know how crime wend down in the city of l.a. once they left. Once they were gone, it was safe to walk the streets of l.a., jobs were coming back to l.a. All the thugs and criminal element left L.A., once they were gone, if they come back, we will be back to being a city with a high crime rate, high poverty and unemployment. I do not want to see L.A. return to this state all the raiders fault if they come back

    • LANeedsFootball

      Ok Data Genius, please provide us with these facts so your post can have some relevance. LA is the gang capital of the world no matter what team plays in LA. All these comments remind me of Ray Lewis’s comment on how if we don’t have football there will be an increase in crime?! Seriously, how ludicrous are these statements…just laughable!

  • ES

    If i had to chose between the Raiders and NO TEAM, i’d take NO TEAM any day. LA has enough hoodrats and enough crime already. Please, let’s not make it worse than it already is.

  • Patrick

    We already tried the Rams and raiders, bring on the Vikes and some AP!


    Oh hell NO don’t bring the Raiders back!!!

  • adolfo

    Do you know how stupid comments like “we don’t want these thug fans” here with the Raiders coming back are? Hello, those thug fans you speak of are already here, whether or not the Raider come back. The Chargers will get no support here as the San Diego fans will not drive to LA and support the team and there are not enough Charger fans here to support the team. The most popular team in LA is the Raiders whether you like them or not. Just one other fact when you compare the Rams and the Raiders. All the years the Rams were here and not 1 superbowl. The only team ever to win a Superbowl for the city of Los Angeles is Da Raiders!

    • Hayden Sherman

      NO STUPID! We just don’t need more thug fans

  • Joseph zelenis

    remember, Georgia broke the rams, so they could go to st.Louis. now the bimbo is dead. If football people control the team then all is forgiven. come home. LA MISSED YA. RAIDERS NOT SO MUCH.

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