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NFL Team in LA? Could Happen Within Next 2 Years, League Source Says

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By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 01:52 PM

The NFL could move a team or two to the Los Angeles area within the next two years, using the Rose Bowl or the Los Angeles Coliseum as temporary home sites until a new stadium is built, a league source told NBC's ProFootballTalk this week.

Los Angeles is currently the largest market without an NFL franchise. There has not been a team there since the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to its original home in Oakland in 1994. Ironically, Mike Florio, of Pro Football Talk, said those are two of the franchises that could return to the area.

A third franchise, the San Diego Chargers, could also move to the Los Angeles area, the league source told Florio.

"The timeline would include a team announcing its intention to move in the 2015 or 2016 offseason," Florio wrote. "Possible sites for a venue in L.A. include the AEG project at L.A. Live in downtown, the land purchased recently by Rams owner Stan Kroenke at Hollywood Park, Chavez Ravine, and a couple of locations that have not yet been publicly disclosed."

Florio said the Los Angeles Coliseum, the host of two Summer Olympic Games and the former host of the Rams and the Raiders, along with the Rose Bowl could house an NFL team temporarily until a new stadium is completed.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported last month that Oakland and Alameda County officials were trying to work out a deal for a new stadium for the Raiders costing between $900 million and $1.2 billion.

The Raiders play in the one of the few stadiums left that is shared with a Major League baseball team — the Oakland Athletics. Also, the Raiders competitors across the bay, the San Francisco 49ers, just opened their new Levi's Stadium this year in Santa Clara for $1.27 billion, according to the Chronicle.

The Raiders played in the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum from 1966 until the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982. The franchise stayed until 1994 before returning to the original stadium in Oakland. The Rams moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland after the 1945 season. The team went from the Los Angeles Coliseum to Anaheim Stadium in Orange County after the 1979 season, and then to its current home in St. Louis before the 1995 season.

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The NFL could move a team or two to the Los Angeles area within the next two years, using the Rose Bowl or the Los Angeles Coliseum as temporary home sites until a new stadium is built, a league source told NBC's ProFootballTalk this week.
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