L.A. Could Get NFL Team By Next Year
Los Angeles could see the return of an NFL football team by next year if the developer of a proposed stadium in Industry has his way.
An artist's rendering of a stadium proposed in Industry.
"I strongly believe an NFL franchise will play in Los Angeles for the 2011 season," John Semcken of Majestic Realty told the Boston Globe. "I've been working on this for 14 years, and it's been a long road. I know we're very, very close."
The city hasn't had an NFL team -- the Rams -- since 1994. Voters inside the city of Los Angeles have balked at providing public money, subsidies and tax breaks for the profitable, multi-billion-dollar NFL to move back to L.A. But Majestic and company seem to have found a way around that by locating in the City of Industry.
Majestic along with Ed Roski, the co-developer of Staples Center and a co-owner of the Lakers, have planned an $800 million stadium for the San Gabriel Valley, with the Bills, Vikings, Rams, Jaguars, 49ers, Raiders, and Chargers named as possible teams.