Wednesday, May 26, 2004

NFL in LA? 

This surprised me, but I guess it shouldn't: NFL eyes Los Angeles team by 2008.

The National Football League would like to have a team back in Los Angeles by 2008, commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Tuesday.

Tagliabue said league owners were pushing for a decision on a stadium site by next spring, giving the NFL the time it needs to return a franchise to the country's second largest television market by 2008.

The strange thing is that since the NFL left LA in 1995, both sides have done very well. The Staples Center is now a downtown LA anchor, the LA Galaxy now play in the Home Depot Center in nearby Carson, arguably one of the better soccer stadiums in the country. LA saved the money that a new or refurbished stadium would have likely required. Meanwhile, the NFL has the best ratings of the four major North American leagues, despite the lack of a team in the nation's second largest metropolitan area. A team in LA would likely be a big hit for the NFL, but as in previous attempts, one or both sides may decide it's not worth the trouble. It would be great to see LA get a team (a natural rival for my 49ers), but I won't hold my breath.

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