LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) LA football fans have been waiting nearly 20 years for a team to call their own.
LA is the second largest TV market, host to plenty of baseball, basketball and hockey franchises, not to mention college teams. But the idea of a pro football team in this area has been nothing more than rumor for decades.
According to an NBC report, one or two NFL teams are on the way, “fairly soon.”
“As the 20th anniversary of the NFL’s departure from Los Angeles, the NFL seems closer than ever to returning,” said the report. “Per a league source, the current plan is that the NFL will send one or two teams back to Los Angeles within the next 12 to 24 months.”
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is also buzzing about NFL in Los Angeles. He told ESPN in July that he believes there will not just be one team, but two teams within the next 2-3 years and that the NFL will return to downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has several locations that would be desirable for would-be franchise movers. The three proposed sites are Chavez Ravine next to Dodgers Stadium, AEG’s downtown LA next to Staples Center and Stan Kroenke’s Hollywood Park. Ed Roski’s stadium proposal in the City of Industry is not a “viable destination,” the report said.
Likely candidates for relocation are the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams.
On Oct 3, 101 ESPN reported that Stan Kroenke’s St. Louis Rams were close to making the decision to relocate his team back Los Angeles.
The Rose Bowl or Los Angeles Coliseum could be used as a temporary home until a new stadium is completed.