Could the National Football League have a team returning to Los Angeles? Lakers great Magic Johnson wants to see it happen.
Johnson told the Los Angeles Times that, while he has not spoken with an NFL team yet, he would love to bring football back to the city of Los Angeles.
“Of course I would be interested,” Johnson said. “Have I talked to anybody about it? No. But I would love to … I would do that in two seconds.”
As Yahoo.com’s Chris Chase noted, speculation began to rise early in the week when Magic Johnson sold his share of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that was the home of the NBA Hall of Famer for many years.
Maybe this is a sign of future plans for Magic. There are quite a few teams in the NFL that have questionable futures in their current cities.
The most obvious is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who overall lack a dedicated fan base in the largest city of Florida.
Another team that comes to mind is the Oakland Raiders. If Al Davis decides to pass his organization on to someone else in the future, I can see an owner like Magic bringing the team back to Los Angeles.
The Minnesota Vikings are a team that is under the radar, but needs to be watched closely. The team wants a new stadium, but it is clear that government officials think differently.