The NFL hasn't been in Los Angeles since the Rams and Raiders bolted after the '94 season. But now, NFL insiders, including Peter King of Sports Illustrated, are reporting that once the collective bargaining agreement with the players is resolved, the league will "get cracking" on bringing one of the existing 32 teams to a new stadium adjacent to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
"This is the best chance Los Angeles has had to get a team in a long time," King wrote.
The "backers of the new stadium, Casey Wasserman and Tim Leiweke, are well-connected guys who want to build the kind of retractable-roof events center that could be used to attract: a World Cup final and Final Four tournaments, as well as an NFL team, King goes on to say.
According to King, influential owners in the league are excited about the prospect of a new downtown venue in L.A.
As for the team to play there, according to King: "The obvious candidates are San Diego (likely the favorite, unless a stadium gets built here, which appears increasingly unlikely) or Oakland," King stated in his column.
King went on to say that the Chargers were the most likely candidate.
The same type of report was published in the Los Angeles Times two weeks ago. One of its writers said the league would like to place two teams in L.A., possibly the Chargers and the Rams.