L.A. Investor says the City will have an NFL team after CBA is signed
Since the Raiders left Los Angeles, there have been continual rumors and efforts to get another team back to the City of Angels. The rumors appear to be heating up as there are two investment groups actively pursuing a team in L.A. An AP report indicates that the front man for one group, Tim Leiweke (AEG President) says that a team will be in L.A. once the CBA is settled.
Leiweke was recently quoted as saying that his company has “huge admiration” for the NFL and will wait until the new CBA is in place before focusing on the relocation of an existing NFL franchise. He went on to tell the AP that his group is focused on several initiatives in order to secure a team in L.A. including the naming rights for the new downtown stadium and that he will “worry about the team at the appropriate time.”
Leiweke is reportedly connected within the NFL due to various relationships. His brother was once the President of the Seattle Seahawks and he appears to have a relationship with Vikings owner, Zygi Wilf. Leiweke added the following about the Vikings:
“Zygi made it real clear he’d like to solve his problems there and get a stadium built. We do business there, and we’re going to be very careful not to do anything to harm the process. So from a personal standpoint, I hope they figure it out.”
The NFL franchise that has been previously rumored to be a candidate for a move to L.A. are the Jacksonville Jaguars. It appears to me, that the groups are a long way from identifying, let alone moving and NFL franchise. They are adamant that an NFL franchise can work in L.A., but they have yet to secure financing for the stadium. But what comes first? According to Leiweke, “Nothing is going to happen on either of those projects without a team.”
You can only take his statements that a team will be in L.A. after the CBA so seriously. He is leading a group to bring a team to L.A. so everything he says is done with a purpose. He and others will continue to try to spin the situation in order to build momentum and to further their own agenda.
At this point, I would be shocked if there is a team in L.A. within the next 3 years.