Los Angeles hasn’t had a football team since the 1994 Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis. While L.A. is a global sports hot spot with the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels and the Stanley Cup champion Kings, it does not have an NFL team. Magic Johnson, former Laker and Los Angeles businessman, is confident that the iconic sports city will be given an NFL team in the near future.
Johnson attended a practice between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday and said to Yahoo’s Frank Schwab that he was very confident L.A. would soon have football.
“I think for the first time, I truly believe we’re going to get a team. Finally,” Johnson said. “Everybody is on board. The city is on board. The business community is on board. The NFL is on board. Finally we have momentum. In the next couple years, at least in the next 24 months, I think one team will be coming. I don’t know what team that will be, but I believe in the next two years we’ll have a team.”
The Oakland Raiders sound like the best candidate for a relocation to Los Angeles. The Raiders, who have been in Los Angeles before, are looking for a new stadium. Owner Mark Davis has been vocal about wanting a new stadium and with their current stadium lease up after this year, Davis has been considering relocation as he’s already talked with San Antonio officials about relocating there.
Johnson, who is an avid fan of the Raiders, said to Yahoo that he would love to have the Raiders in L.A.
“It would be great to have the Raiders back in LA, I would love for that to happen. But that’s going to be up to Mark and the Raiders and the NFL. But I would love to have the Raiders back in LA, where they belong. We just want a team, we want a team in the worst way.”