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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Comments (105)
  1. Chase says:

    Agree with everyone that says NO to the Raiders! However when you say things like “Don’t bring back those looser teams” you obviously have no idea or clue about Football. Rams won many Championships while they were in LA (before Superbowl days) and then won the Superbowl while in St Louis in 99 and would have won it again if it weren’t for the cheating Pats! They’re a great franchise and they’re getting real good with Bradford at QB. Steven Jackson is a supreme running back and if they get Sidney Rice…OMG watch out! CANT WAIT—Bring back the RAMS!!! Take a hike looser Raider fans! ha

  2. Will Campbell says:

    None of the above. I grew up adoring the Rams and will never be able to forgive them for abandoning Los Angeles. I love the Raiders but don’t find similar fault with them leaving town in the ’90s since I always felt a little ashamed that they turned their back on Oakland, and would rather see them stay put.

    If I were king of the world I’d decree that LA start a new team and build it from the ground up rather than entice any existing team away from its home turf.

  3. nero says:

    p.s L.A is always going to have “thugs”. Think about it its LOS ANGELES!!!! Look what happen to that giants fan at Dodgers stadium look what happen’s every time the LAKERS win! a riot brakes out! believe it or not but L.A is a crazy place to live unless you have money to move to the rich side but thats just a little part of L.A lmao east LA south LA southeast LA west LA san fernando valley all infested with “thugs”. haha just putting it put there

    1. Chase says:

      you moron LA doesnt riot every time the lakers win…you sound like a “thug” yourself

  4. dan says:


  5. Rosalie Grier says:

    This is L.A. , Baby! We are holding down the West Coast of the U.S.A.. Just like New York City is the Big Dog of the East Coast U.S.A. We gots to keep our image strong, that means we don’t go messing around or be talked down to. L.A. shouldn’t do nuthin’ that doesn’t keep our image on the West Coast like NYC gots on the EasT Coast.
    What that means is we can’t settle for having one NFL team in L.A.
    We either get two football teams or we stick with none. New York has two NFL teams and they have shared a stadium. If New York does it, then thats our way to go.
    The Ram’s bailed L.A. for Anaheim. Then they pulled out of the O.C. and lied down in St. Louis bed. L.A. don’t take back no two-timing trick like the Ram’s. Instead we let them come here and play as our rivals.
    Under my plan, the Ram’s will already have a tradition as our rivals. Because the football team we need to get, excuse me, need to take is the Minnessota Vikings. That will fit L.A. tradition. We took the Lakers from Minneapolis, now we should take the Vikings.
    Then we demand an expansion franchise for Los Angeles. The expansion team will be styled for the Raider Nation fan base and it will become rivals to the Raiders.
    We will then have the Los Angeles Vikings.
    And the L.A. Rolling Hoover 8trays!

    1. Dim Witted says:

      What the heck is a rolling hoover 8tray? Please, don’t call the team this. When I read L.A. Rolling Hoover 8trays, all I see is the word SUCK! Bad name.

    2. LA Raider Nation says:

      “The Raider Nation fan base” will not become fans of this new expansion team

  6. DAX says:


  7. AVENGERS says:

    Forget the NFL. Bring the Avengers or Arena Football back.

  8. Bears Fan! says:

    Since the Chargers are not too far away… Keep them there to watch AFC games. Bring a NFC team (Vikings) to Los Angeles to watch NFC games. This way we’ll get both NFC and AFC teams within 100 miles. Not bad.

  9. Clean Cut says:

    No Raiders! if the Raiders come here no family or fan that has money to spend on season tickets would buy. The Raiders have fans and a negative element. Boycott the Riaders fans they are al llow life uneducated ,ignoratn people. The Raiders are bank robbers and chulos. The FBI should indicted the Raiders and make them change their name becasue they are a gang. USe the RICO act on the Raiders . Al DAvis is a chulo low life too ,all Raidr fans are on food stamps and medical.

    1. LA Raider Nation says:

      You are calling Raider fans uneducated and ignorant. Look at all of the misspelled words in your post. If your going to rant about uneducated fans at least run a spell check.

  10. Robby Logan says:

    Lowlicky is a liar. The Vikes will leave MN just as soon as all mexicans leave CA.

  11. cat7795 says:

    That’s right most of them are CHULOS = Cuties, hahaha, get it right if you’re going to bash, I think you meant CHOLOS = Gangstas! LMAO! wow….FOOD STAMPS?! I wish, too bad i make too much money and actually have to pay for my food! SMH @ all this ignorance, oh and by the way, SMH means Shaking My Head!!!

  12. Cedric says:

    Either in Oakland or Los Angeles…RAIDERS FOREVER!!!!!

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