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Magic Johnson wants to bring an NFL team back to L.A.

With Magic Johnson dumping his stake in the Los Angeles Lakers, he’d now like to use that money to buy an NFL team.  Or at least part of one.

And he’d like to bring the team to L.A.

“Would I be interested?  Of course I would be interested,” Johnson told Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, via USA Today.  “Have I talked to anybody about it?  No.  But I would love . . . I
would do that in two seconds.”

Johnson owned 4.5 percent of the Lakers, for an estimated $27 million.  He also reportedly sold Starbucks franchises back to the company for $75 million.

Still, $100 million would get him only 10 percent of an NFL team.

Currently, a couple of stadium projects are being explored in Los Angeles.  Ed Roski’s group is poised the build a stadium in City of Industry, once a team is lined up to play there.  A stadium in downtown L.A. near Staples Center also is a possibility.

It would be fitting if Johnson would be part of a Vikings team that would move to L.A., given that his Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.

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  1. The Real Shuxion says: Oct 20, 2010 10:49 PM

    Does he still have AIDS? I guess South park is right, you just need to inject cash straight into the bloodstream.

  2. The Real Shuxion says: Oct 20, 2010 10:49 PM

    Does he still have AIDS? I guess South park is right, you just need to inject cash straight into the bloodstream.

  3. BlitzDorsey says: Oct 20, 2010 10:51 PM

    Uh oh … cue all the pi$$ed off Vikings fans.
    (But seriously, what he says is true. Minnesota has a history of losing teams to other cities. Right, Lakers and North Stars!?)

  4. BlitzDorsey says: Oct 20, 2010 10:51 PM

    Uh oh … cue all the pi$$ed off Vikings fans.
    (But seriously, what he says is true. Minnesota has a history of losing teams to other cities. Right, Lakers and North Stars!?)

  5. vikings rule says: Oct 20, 2010 10:53 PM

    It would be fitting if Johnson would be part of a Vikings team that would move to L.A., given that his Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
    Jeez Florio, you’re a punk. (not a word I throw around lightly) That last paragraph was of the quality of something you might find on Deadspin

  6. vikings rule says: Oct 20, 2010 10:53 PM

    It would be fitting if Johnson would be part of a Vikings team that would move to L.A., given that his Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
    Jeez Florio, you’re a punk. (not a word I throw around lightly) That last paragraph was of the quality of something you might find on Deadspin

  7. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 20, 2010 10:54 PM

    It would be fitting if Johnson would be part of a Vikings team that would move to L.A., given that his Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
    —————————————————
    That would be hilarious.

  8. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 20, 2010 10:54 PM

    It would be fitting if Johnson would be part of a Vikings team that would move to L.A., given that his Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
    —————————————————
    That would be hilarious.

  9. dennis112484 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:02 PM

    move the jaguars, vikings, chargers, buccaneers and bengals

  10. dennis112484 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:02 PM

    move the jaguars, vikings, chargers, buccaneers and bengals

  11. comment_submission_error says: Oct 20, 2010 11:02 PM

    Johnson wasn’t down to his last $7 when he sold his Starbucks stores. He’s got more than 10% to kick in.

  12. comment_submission_error says: Oct 20, 2010 11:02 PM

    Johnson wasn’t down to his last $7 when he sold his Starbucks stores. He’s got more than 10% to kick in.

  13. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 20, 2010 11:05 PM

    He never had AIDS to begin with.

  14. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Oct 20, 2010 11:05 PM

    He never had AIDS to begin with.

  15. terraincognita says: Oct 20, 2010 11:08 PM

    BlitzDorsey:
    But you have to remember that LA has lost the Chargers, Raiders and Rams. That is just the NFL side of the ledger.

  16. terraincognita says: Oct 20, 2010 11:08 PM

    BlitzDorsey:
    But you have to remember that LA has lost the Chargers, Raiders and Rams. That is just the NFL side of the ledger.

  17. Chiefs2010 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:09 PM

    give him the Jaguars..who cares about that franchise?
    …mayble he’ll wrap the deal this time.

  18. Chiefs2010 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:09 PM

    give him the Jaguars..who cares about that franchise?
    …mayble he’ll wrap the deal this time.

  19. Mooch says: Oct 20, 2010 11:10 PM

    But at least they didn’t have to pay $1 more in taxes to keep the Vikings. They should be thrilled to lose their football team, they have that extra $1 a year to spend on 2 stamps or 3% of a tank of gas.
    That’s a tradeoff anyone would make.

  20. Mooch says: Oct 20, 2010 11:10 PM

    But at least they didn’t have to pay $1 more in taxes to keep the Vikings. They should be thrilled to lose their football team, they have that extra $1 a year to spend on 2 stamps or 3% of a tank of gas.
    That’s a tradeoff anyone would make.

  21. Pervy's Stepdad says: Oct 20, 2010 11:12 PM

    Weren’t the North Stars part of the Herschel Walker trade? Three Ones, Three Twos, two threes and an NHL Franchise to be named later?

  22. Pervy's Stepdad says: Oct 20, 2010 11:12 PM

    Weren’t the North Stars part of the Herschel Walker trade? Three Ones, Three Twos, two threes and an NHL Franchise to be named later?

  23. CT.GIANTMAN says: Oct 20, 2010 11:13 PM

    ASKING A QUESTION ABOUT ONE’S ILLNESS
    GOES DIRECTLY BACK TO THE POSTER!
    “WHAT GOES AROUND , COMES AROUND” YOUR, A HELL OF LOT SICKER THEN MAGIC OR THE AIDS INFEFECTION.
    TRY THIS: GO INTO THE MIRROR, RIGHT NOW, LOOK AT YOURSELF AND ASK, HOW SICK AM I? YOU DON’T HAVE THE GUTS!

  24. CT.GIANTMAN says: Oct 20, 2010 11:13 PM

    ASKING A QUESTION ABOUT ONE’S ILLNESS
    GOES DIRECTLY BACK TO THE POSTER!
    “WHAT GOES AROUND , COMES AROUND” YOUR, A HELL OF LOT SICKER THEN MAGIC OR THE AIDS INFEFECTION.
    TRY THIS: GO INTO THE MIRROR, RIGHT NOW, LOOK AT YOURSELF AND ASK, HOW SICK AM I? YOU DON’T HAVE THE GUTS!

  25. Opie says: Oct 20, 2010 11:16 PM

    That $100M you speak of is just what he made in 2 sales deals. Since you’re a lawyer, I’ll explain what little I know about sales to you:
    If he sold (2) = $100M and he has (20) more “things” to sell, I’d say he’s doing alright. He may not buy a team outright, but with his name involved = a very smart business decision.

  26. Opie says: Oct 20, 2010 11:16 PM

    That $100M you speak of is just what he made in 2 sales deals. Since you’re a lawyer, I’ll explain what little I know about sales to you:
    If he sold (2) = $100M and he has (20) more “things” to sell, I’d say he’s doing alright. He may not buy a team outright, but with his name involved = a very smart business decision.

  27. WingT says: Oct 20, 2010 11:24 PM

    I think it would be hilarious if the Rams moved back.
    Or maybe Al Davis is ready to bring it back to LA. I bet LA would just love that.

  28. WingT says: Oct 20, 2010 11:24 PM

    I think it would be hilarious if the Rams moved back.
    Or maybe Al Davis is ready to bring it back to LA. I bet LA would just love that.

  29. JaredAllen says: Oct 20, 2010 11:30 PM

    Yawn…Another Florio attempt at flame baiting.

  30. JaredAllen says: Oct 20, 2010 11:30 PM

    Yawn…Another Florio attempt at flame baiting.

  31. Franchise says: Oct 20, 2010 11:37 PM

    LA + NFL = Epic Fail.
    If they want to house a sucessful team, dont go anywere near the CoI of downtown.
    Go to Anaheim, then you can talk about making it work.

  32. Franchise says: Oct 20, 2010 11:37 PM

    LA + NFL = Epic Fail.
    If they want to house a sucessful team, dont go anywere near the CoI of downtown.
    Go to Anaheim, then you can talk about making it work.

  33. say_it_isnt_so says: Oct 20, 2010 11:37 PM

    L.A. Lions, please.

  34. say_it_isnt_so says: Oct 20, 2010 11:37 PM

    L.A. Lions, please.

  35. Leto_II says: Oct 20, 2010 11:40 PM

    Before they bring a team back to L.A., they first need to bring back The Magic Hour.

  36. Leto_II says: Oct 20, 2010 11:40 PM

    Before they bring a team back to L.A., they first need to bring back The Magic Hour.

  37. al233 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:46 PM

    Forbes listed Magic Johnson at being worth $500 million.

  38. al233 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:46 PM

    Forbes listed Magic Johnson at being worth $500 million.

  39. BlitzDorsey says: Oct 20, 2010 11:53 PM

    TerrainCognita: Very good point.

  40. BlitzDorsey says: Oct 20, 2010 11:53 PM

    TerrainCognita: Very good point.

  41. BlitzDorsey says: Oct 20, 2010 11:54 PM

    Pervy’s Stepdad:
    HAHA! Killin’ me over here. Yes, I think the North Stars were in fact part of the Walker trade.

  42. BlitzDorsey says: Oct 20, 2010 11:54 PM

    Pervy’s Stepdad:
    HAHA! Killin’ me over here. Yes, I think the North Stars were in fact part of the Walker trade.

  43. TiceWasBetter says: Oct 20, 2010 11:55 PM

    Really?
    Magic Johnson born 1959 played for the Minneapolis Lakers at age 11 when the moved from Mpls to L.A. in 1960???
    Florio, the next time you’re sucking up to Paul Allen, NBC or whatever other media you can stick your ugly mug into. Why don’t you tell us all why you love to talk about the Vikings so much but also love even more to talk about them moving from Minnesota.
    I hope if John Randle, Carl Eller or Jared Allen come across you in a dark alley one day they kick your teeth down your Viking-movin’ instigating throat.

  44. TiceWasBetter says: Oct 20, 2010 11:55 PM

    Really?
    Magic Johnson born 1959 played for the Minneapolis Lakers at age 11 when the moved from Mpls to L.A. in 1960???
    Florio, the next time you’re sucking up to Paul Allen, NBC or whatever other media you can stick your ugly mug into. Why don’t you tell us all why you love to talk about the Vikings so much but also love even more to talk about them moving from Minnesota.
    I hope if John Randle, Carl Eller or Jared Allen come across you in a dark alley one day they kick your teeth down your Viking-movin’ instigating throat.

  45. RamsFanSince1969 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:55 PM

    Rams, please come back. Bradford and Rams are going to be the new big thing. Love to see you in Los Angeles.

  46. RamsFanSince1969 says: Oct 20, 2010 11:55 PM

    Rams, please come back. Bradford and Rams are going to be the new big thing. Love to see you in Los Angeles.

  47. BeardedAxe says: Oct 21, 2010 12:10 AM

    # dennis112484 says: October 20, 2010 11:02 PM
    “move the jaguars, vikings, chargers, buccaneers and bengals”
    Is that how many teams it would take to get LA interested in football?

  48. BeardedAxe says: Oct 21, 2010 12:10 AM

    # dennis112484 says: October 20, 2010 11:02 PM
    “move the jaguars, vikings, chargers, buccaneers and bengals”
    Is that how many teams it would take to get LA interested in football?

  49. tig 0 bitties says: Oct 21, 2010 12:15 AM

    ya good idea. lets give LA another team that no one will go and watch. Its proven since how many teams have been there before. and all the other teams in CA aren’t that well supported either. I don’t see why 1 state needs 3 teams. just dumb. all the men out there care more about keeping there tan and how tight their jeans are. and well girls just don’t follow football. they care more about meeting the players after the game then the real games.

  50. tig 0 bitties says: Oct 21, 2010 12:15 AM

    ya good idea. lets give LA another team that no one will go and watch. Its proven since how many teams have been there before. and all the other teams in CA aren’t that well supported either. I don’t see why 1 state needs 3 teams. just dumb. all the men out there care more about keeping there tan and how tight their jeans are. and well girls just don’t follow football. they care more about meeting the players after the game then the real games.

  51. J. Clayton says: Oct 21, 2010 12:23 AM

    L.A. (insert name of any NFL team in an effort to talk trash about XYZ)

  52. J. Clayton says: Oct 21, 2010 12:23 AM

    L.A. (insert name of any NFL team in an effort to talk trash about XYZ)

  53. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 21, 2010 12:26 AM

    Really, Mike?
    I usually like to give you the benefit of the doubt, but making the Lakers –> Vikings connection?
    While there are legitimate reasons to put the Vikings into the relocation discussion, Magic Johnson is so far below the radar it doesn’t even rise to the level of funny.
    It’s lazy writing at best and trolling at the worst. While I enjoy stories regarding a possible NFL return to L.A. as much as anybody — probably more than most — this is really much ado about nothing.

  54. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 21, 2010 12:26 AM

    Really, Mike?
    I usually like to give you the benefit of the doubt, but making the Lakers –> Vikings connection?
    While there are legitimate reasons to put the Vikings into the relocation discussion, Magic Johnson is so far below the radar it doesn’t even rise to the level of funny.
    It’s lazy writing at best and trolling at the worst. While I enjoy stories regarding a possible NFL return to L.A. as much as anybody — probably more than most — this is really much ado about nothing.

  55. nilabone says: Oct 21, 2010 12:38 AM

    Are you people really ridiculing a man with HIV? Give me a break no wonder people in our country are considered ignorant.

  56. nilabone says: Oct 21, 2010 12:38 AM

    Are you people really ridiculing a man with HIV? Give me a break no wonder people in our country are considered ignorant.

  57. JoeSixPack says: Oct 21, 2010 12:39 AM

    Here’s a win win…
    Buy the Clippers and make them play football instead.

  58. JoeSixPack says: Oct 21, 2010 12:39 AM

    Here’s a win win…
    Buy the Clippers and make them play football instead.

  59. RedLeg15 says: Oct 21, 2010 12:41 AM

    ‘franchise’ why would Anaheim work? Anaheim couldn’t prevent the Rams From leaving. I lived in Huntington Beach from 80-87 and neither of the L.A. teams drew particularly good attendance from what I remember. Resulting in both of them leaving.

  60. RedLeg15 says: Oct 21, 2010 12:41 AM

    ‘franchise’ why would Anaheim work? Anaheim couldn’t prevent the Rams From leaving. I lived in Huntington Beach from 80-87 and neither of the L.A. teams drew particularly good attendance from what I remember. Resulting in both of them leaving.

  61. prophet of the light says: Oct 21, 2010 1:52 AM

    A stadium in LA would be a 10 billion dollar project. It won’t happen.

  62. prophet of the light says: Oct 21, 2010 1:52 AM

    A stadium in LA would be a 10 billion dollar project. It won’t happen.

  63. previouslybannedfromPFT says: Oct 21, 2010 2:15 AM

    Kudos Florio! You finally stopped calling it Industry, CA.

  64. previouslybannedfromPFT says: Oct 21, 2010 2:15 AM

    Kudos Florio! You finally stopped calling it Industry, CA.

  65. frank booth says: Oct 21, 2010 3:07 AM

    I’m all for it, but only if he does the play-by-play for the games, and uses words like “explositivity” and “speednessness”.

  66. frank booth says: Oct 21, 2010 3:07 AM

    I’m all for it, but only if he does the play-by-play for the games, and uses words like “explositivity” and “speednessness”.

  67. lozmor says: Oct 21, 2010 3:09 AM

    Hey all of you so called football fans in Cal. How many sell outs have the Chargers and Raiders had this year? A big fat ZERO!!!! How many games have been on T.V. in the local area? A big fat ZERO!!!! Why put a team there so they can have an empty stadium and have more blackouts?

  68. kombayn says: Oct 21, 2010 3:23 AM

    # Pervy’s Stepdad says: October 20, 2010 11:12 PM
    Weren’t the North Stars part of the Herschel Walker trade? Three Ones, Three Twos, two threes and an NHL Franchise to be named later?
    _________________________________________
    LMAO!!! Best comment I’ve read so far on PFT.
    If Minnesota doesn’t get any legislation done in 2011 and the lease expires for the Vikings, do they really move to City of Industry Stadium? I guess Zygi Wilf would just cash-out on his investment after that and let Roski/Magic takeover?

  69. barracuda66 says: Oct 21, 2010 3:33 AM

    Jacksonville is not long for jacksonville. It wouldn’t surprise to see the nfl try to ram 2 teams into that market if the first one is half successful.

  70. barracuda66 says: Oct 21, 2010 3:33 AM

    Jacksonville is not long for jacksonville. It wouldn’t surprise to see the nfl try to ram 2 teams into that market if the first one is half successful.

  71. clintonrb says: Oct 21, 2010 3:58 AM

    How many football teams have come and gone in la?
    Rumors are the bolts, jags , raiders or rams-even if a team did move there it be for about ten or fifteen years, fans would lose interest , vote down stadium upgrAdes etc and the team would be off to another city-
    Ladies and gentlemen Here are your 2025 San Antonio Jaguars

  72. clintonrb says: Oct 21, 2010 3:58 AM

    How many football teams have come and gone in la?
    Rumors are the bolts, jags , raiders or rams-even if a team did move there it be for about ten or fifteen years, fans would lose interest , vote down stadium upgrAdes etc and the team would be off to another city-
    Ladies and gentlemen Here are your 2025 San Antonio Jaguars

  73. In & Out Burger says: Oct 21, 2010 4:05 AM

    @CT.GIANTMAN
    Ok simmer. Don’t let some PFT poster ruin your evening.
    To answer the question, he does not have AIDS, he has HIV, which often results in AIDS, but no always, and not in Johnson’s case. In general that is a low class comment, the only reason I am answering is because the question its self raises a common misconception about HIV and AIDS.

  74. In & Out Burger says: Oct 21, 2010 4:05 AM

    @CT.GIANTMAN
    Ok simmer. Don’t let some PFT poster ruin your evening.
    To answer the question, he does not have AIDS, he has HIV, which often results in AIDS, but no always, and not in Johnson’s case. In general that is a low class comment, the only reason I am answering is because the question its self raises a common misconception about HIV and AIDS.

  75. Nsblend says: Oct 21, 2010 6:15 AM

    Brilliant idea! Jacksonville and Buffalo Bills are the best options. LA would definately be a better market for either team then currently. Last week it was rumored that P.Diddy was also interested in an NFL team. These 2 guys should get together.

  76. Nsblend says: Oct 21, 2010 6:15 AM

    Brilliant idea! Jacksonville and Buffalo Bills are the best options. LA would definately be a better market for either team then currently. Last week it was rumored that P.Diddy was also interested in an NFL team. These 2 guys should get together.

  77. 8man says: Oct 21, 2010 6:56 AM

    ….but LA doesn’t want an NFL team in LA.
    And neither do I.

  78. 8man says: Oct 21, 2010 6:56 AM

    ….but LA doesn’t want an NFL team in LA.
    And neither do I.

  79. H25 says: Oct 21, 2010 6:57 AM

    Magic doesn’t use his money – just lends his name.

  80. H25 says: Oct 21, 2010 6:57 AM

    Magic doesn’t use his money – just lends his name.

  81. JimmySmith says: Oct 21, 2010 7:27 AM

    Target, 3-M, and General Mills will be happy to read this. They are sick and tired of having the Vikings front office reaching into their pockets on a regular basis to avoid TV blackouts.
    All you need to know about the support of the Viking fan base is that they had to employ their star players to cut a TV commercial begging them to buy tickets to a playoff game a couple of years back. Thank God they sold out the game, largely due to the Eagle fans who came through in final days leading up to the game.

  82. JimmySmith says: Oct 21, 2010 7:27 AM

    Target, 3-M, and General Mills will be happy to read this. They are sick and tired of having the Vikings front office reaching into their pockets on a regular basis to avoid TV blackouts.
    All you need to know about the support of the Viking fan base is that they had to employ their star players to cut a TV commercial begging them to buy tickets to a playoff game a couple of years back. Thank God they sold out the game, largely due to the Eagle fans who came through in final days leading up to the game.

  83. tikyle says: Oct 21, 2010 7:33 AM

    Magic’s been watching too much Entourage.

  84. tikyle says: Oct 21, 2010 7:33 AM

    Magic’s been watching too much Entourage.

  85. ejtowne says: Oct 21, 2010 7:41 AM

    Nsblend says:
    October 21, 2010 6:15 AM
    Brilliant idea! Jacksonville and Buffalo Bills are the best options. LA would definately be a better market for either team then currently. Last week it was rumored that P.Diddy was also interested in an NFL team. These 2 guys should get together.
    No, not a good idea. Buffalo has held its own right where it is. Look at the fact that LA has had 3 teams come and go…FAILURE. Buffalo has been there since the begining. Besides, before anyone even tries to move the Bills, Jim Kelly will have bought the team. Go Bills!!

  86. ejtowne says: Oct 21, 2010 7:41 AM

    Nsblend says:
    October 21, 2010 6:15 AM
    Brilliant idea! Jacksonville and Buffalo Bills are the best options. LA would definately be a better market for either team then currently. Last week it was rumored that P.Diddy was also interested in an NFL team. These 2 guys should get together.
    No, not a good idea. Buffalo has held its own right where it is. Look at the fact that LA has had 3 teams come and go…FAILURE. Buffalo has been there since the begining. Besides, before anyone even tries to move the Bills, Jim Kelly will have bought the team. Go Bills!!

  87. turbodog says: Oct 21, 2010 7:47 AM

    A move to L.A. would be true justice for all the whining and bitching the Viking fans have done over the years.

  88. turbodog says: Oct 21, 2010 7:47 AM

    A move to L.A. would be true justice for all the whining and bitching the Viking fans have done over the years.

  89. Visible says: Oct 21, 2010 7:57 AM

    $100 million??? That was just two deals. Magic’s net worth is around $750 million. He could easily buy more than 10% of an NFL team.

  90. Visible says: Oct 21, 2010 7:57 AM

    $100 million??? That was just two deals. Magic’s net worth is around $750 million. He could easily buy more than 10% of an NFL team.

  91. BengalsDouche2 says: Oct 21, 2010 8:00 AM

    I would love for Mike Brown to sell the Bengals to someone and take them elsewhere so another owner can come in here and run a franchise how it should be. The Browns will never be able to run a successful franchise as long as Mike and Katie are at the top.

  92. BengalsDouche2 says: Oct 21, 2010 8:00 AM

    I would love for Mike Brown to sell the Bengals to someone and take them elsewhere so another owner can come in here and run a franchise how it should be. The Browns will never be able to run a successful franchise as long as Mike and Katie are at the top.

  93. Floridacock says: Oct 21, 2010 8:10 AM

    Bad investment. LA could not support 2 teams already. Too much time posing and consuming wine and cheese, not enough time watching the game. LA LA people just don’t understand the sport. The ball isn’t round and the team does not wear mid calf shorts. Very confusing for them.

  94. Floridacock says: Oct 21, 2010 8:10 AM

    Bad investment. LA could not support 2 teams already. Too much time posing and consuming wine and cheese, not enough time watching the game. LA LA people just don’t understand the sport. The ball isn’t round and the team does not wear mid calf shorts. Very confusing for them.

  95. PadreWu says: Oct 21, 2010 8:20 AM

    No- It would NOT be fitting, or cool, or neat, or nifty, or, or or…
    The town lost two teams in a year. They don’t need or really even want a team.
    LA can suck it.

  96. PadreWu says: Oct 21, 2010 8:20 AM

    No- It would NOT be fitting, or cool, or neat, or nifty, or, or or…
    The town lost two teams in a year. They don’t need or really even want a team.
    LA can suck it.

  97. jj jones says: Oct 21, 2010 8:23 AM

    “Chiefs2010 says:
    October 20, 2010 11:09 PM
    give him the Jaguars..who cares about that franchise?”
    The 60k+ people at every home game probably care.

  98. jj jones says: Oct 21, 2010 8:23 AM

    “Chiefs2010 says:
    October 20, 2010 11:09 PM
    give him the Jaguars..who cares about that franchise?”
    The 60k+ people at every home game probably care.

  99. leopold332002 says: Oct 21, 2010 8:26 AM

    Chiefs2010 says:
    October 20, 2010 11:09 PM
    give him the Jaguars..who cares about that franchise?
    …mayble he’ll wrap the deal this time.
    ————————————————
    We care jerk
    signed
    the fans of jacksonville who sold out the stadium every game this year. :-)

  100. leopold332002 says: Oct 21, 2010 8:26 AM

    Chiefs2010 says:
    October 20, 2010 11:09 PM
    give him the Jaguars..who cares about that franchise?
    …mayble he’ll wrap the deal this time.
    ————————————————
    We care jerk
    signed
    the fans of jacksonville who sold out the stadium every game this year. :-)

  101. NoRingsForYou says: Oct 21, 2010 8:33 AM

    It’d serve Vikings fans right if the team moved. After all the years of Favre hating, then suddenly the hypocritical turn-around falling to their knees in Favre worship.
    The Real Shuxion – Karma’s gonna getcha…….

  102. NoRingsForYou says: Oct 21, 2010 8:33 AM

    It’d serve Vikings fans right if the team moved. After all the years of Favre hating, then suddenly the hypocritical turn-around falling to their knees in Favre worship.
    The Real Shuxion – Karma’s gonna getcha…….

  103. NoRingForYou says: Oct 21, 2010 8:34 AM

    L.A doesnt deserve a team. Talk about bandwagon. A bad season and the team would be looking to move again.

  104. NoRingForYou says: Oct 21, 2010 8:34 AM

    L.A doesnt deserve a team. Talk about bandwagon. A bad season and the team would be looking to move again.

  105. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Oct 21, 2010 8:56 AM

    Magic will get his wish. He is very tight with Casey Wasserman and that is the group that will buy the Queens and move them out to LA.
    You heard it hear first….

  106. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Oct 21, 2010 8:56 AM

    Magic will get his wish. He is very tight with Casey Wasserman and that is the group that will buy the Queens and move them out to LA.
    You heard it hear first….

  107. Wheelchair Colt says: Oct 21, 2010 9:07 AM

    Maybe he’s just liquidating in order for him to pay a team of experts to teach him how to speak proper english…

  108. Wheelchair Colt says: Oct 21, 2010 9:07 AM

    Maybe he’s just liquidating in order for him to pay a team of experts to teach him how to speak proper english…

  109. georgeanderson says: Oct 21, 2010 9:14 AM

    Relocation? The league is too profitable to just up and move. If Jacksonville were in bad shape the league would have made a huge push to move them, it is a scare tactic to get the residents to buy more. They do just fine with sponsorship sales, premium seating and other revenue streams. GA admission ticket sales get dumped into the revenue sharing amongst the 32 teams. The NFL is king in that area of the country. Say what you would like about NCAA teams dominating,but that is just not the case.
    Buffalo makes the most sense financially, they have even had to move games to another city- they just need more luxury seating. The city and state will come together and get a new stadium deal, they are not going anywhere.
    Minnesota just gave the Twins a new deal and they won’t lose the Vikes.
    Relocation is all talk, the real talk should be expansion. The new revenue the league would get from adding 2 – 4 new teams has got to be having the owners drooling over how fast they can spend their new money.
    Or you could be looking at an NFL Minor league coming soon. Smaller markets developing the stars of tomorrow. The UFL is gaining momentum, so the league might just buy it up and expand on that product. They could take the NCAA head on and allow kids to leave earlier so they could get paid for their services instead of wasting their football talents making money for the NCAA. A minor league would allow the “big league” to experiment on new rules, equipment, etc all while giving young talent time to develop. Play games on Fridays and Saturdays.

  110. georgeanderson says: Oct 21, 2010 9:14 AM

    Relocation? The league is too profitable to just up and move. If Jacksonville were in bad shape the league would have made a huge push to move them, it is a scare tactic to get the residents to buy more. They do just fine with sponsorship sales, premium seating and other revenue streams. GA admission ticket sales get dumped into the revenue sharing amongst the 32 teams. The NFL is king in that area of the country. Say what you would like about NCAA teams dominating,but that is just not the case.
    Buffalo makes the most sense financially, they have even had to move games to another city- they just need more luxury seating. The city and state will come together and get a new stadium deal, they are not going anywhere.
    Minnesota just gave the Twins a new deal and they won’t lose the Vikes.
    Relocation is all talk, the real talk should be expansion. The new revenue the league would get from adding 2 – 4 new teams has got to be having the owners drooling over how fast they can spend their new money.
    Or you could be looking at an NFL Minor league coming soon. Smaller markets developing the stars of tomorrow. The UFL is gaining momentum, so the league might just buy it up and expand on that product. They could take the NCAA head on and allow kids to leave earlier so they could get paid for their services instead of wasting their football talents making money for the NCAA. A minor league would allow the “big league” to experiment on new rules, equipment, etc all while giving young talent time to develop. Play games on Fridays and Saturdays.

  111. jj jones says: Oct 21, 2010 9:20 AM

    “barracuda66 says:
    October 21, 2010 3:33 AM
    Jacksonville is not long for jacksonville. ”
    Based on what? Four games in 2010 and every game has had attendance over 60k+.

  112. jj jones says: Oct 21, 2010 9:20 AM

    “barracuda66 says:
    October 21, 2010 3:33 AM
    Jacksonville is not long for jacksonville. ”
    Based on what? Four games in 2010 and every game has had attendance over 60k+.

  113. midwest says: Oct 21, 2010 9:23 AM

    Stop with the Jacksonville nonsense. Jacksonville is not a perennial blackout team.
    One year…I repeat one year in the worst economy since the Great Depression, Jacksonville had attendance issues (last year). Every other year, including this year, attendance is not an issue.
    Why is that so hard to understand?
    Oh…and @Chiefs2010 You will care all about the Jaguars after the game on Sunday. Don’t think because the Chiefs beat the worst road team in the league (the Chargers), a CRAPPY Cleveland team, and a one win San Francisco team, that KC is suddenly relevant.

  114. midwest says: Oct 21, 2010 9:23 AM

    Stop with the Jacksonville nonsense. Jacksonville is not a perennial blackout team.
    One year…I repeat one year in the worst economy since the Great Depression, Jacksonville had attendance issues (last year). Every other year, including this year, attendance is not an issue.
    Why is that so hard to understand?
    Oh…and @Chiefs2010 You will care all about the Jaguars after the game on Sunday. Don’t think because the Chiefs beat the worst road team in the league (the Chargers), a CRAPPY Cleveland team, and a one win San Francisco team, that KC is suddenly relevant.

  115. Achmed Abdul-Majid Hasib says: Oct 21, 2010 9:25 AM

    The NFL’s White Boys Owners Club would never approve him.

  116. Achmed Abdul-Majid Hasib says: Oct 21, 2010 9:25 AM

    The NFL’s White Boys Owners Club would never approve him.

  117. D wins games says: Oct 21, 2010 9:33 AM

    Hey Mike, Generally I like your stuff and I know you are a lawyer and not a banker, but do you think anyone pays cash for teams or maybe, just maybe is there some borrowing involved? If Magic wants to put down $100 mn, I promise you he can get at least another $300 mn to borrow. And I imagine Magic might, just might, know some rich folks in LA who would want to invest with him and let him be managing partner. Since this is your biz, maybe it is time to learn about the financial structure of sports ownership…

  118. D wins games says: Oct 21, 2010 9:33 AM

    Hey Mike, Generally I like your stuff and I know you are a lawyer and not a banker, but do you think anyone pays cash for teams or maybe, just maybe is there some borrowing involved? If Magic wants to put down $100 mn, I promise you he can get at least another $300 mn to borrow. And I imagine Magic might, just might, know some rich folks in LA who would want to invest with him and let him be managing partner. Since this is your biz, maybe it is time to learn about the financial structure of sports ownership…

  119. Billsgotballs says: Oct 21, 2010 9:33 AM

    I don’t understand why people question the support of the Vikings fan base. The playoff game last year was the 115th consecutive sell-out. I’ve been to the games. Place rocks; sea of purple merchandise throughout the city on Sundays. I hate Farve too, but I really don’t see a lack of fan support in terms of buying tickets and merchandise.
    Jes sayin’.

  120. Billsgotballs says: Oct 21, 2010 9:33 AM

    I don’t understand why people question the support of the Vikings fan base. The playoff game last year was the 115th consecutive sell-out. I’ve been to the games. Place rocks; sea of purple merchandise throughout the city on Sundays. I hate Farve too, but I really don’t see a lack of fan support in terms of buying tickets and merchandise.
    Jes sayin’.

  121. rbais2 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:45 AM

    Wow! Florio with some NBA knowledge. As an NBA fan, I’m impressed.

  122. rbais2 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:45 AM

    Wow! Florio with some NBA knowledge. As an NBA fan, I’m impressed.

  123. BBrophy1 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:49 AM

    LA will probably follow the Dolphins model of having multiple celebrity owners. What better city is there than LA with the hollywood connection to do this? Sean Combs wants in on it and now Johnson too. That can be the team name “L.A. Magic Diddy”

  124. BBrophy1 says: Oct 21, 2010 9:49 AM

    LA will probably follow the Dolphins model of having multiple celebrity owners. What better city is there than LA with the hollywood connection to do this? Sean Combs wants in on it and now Johnson too. That can be the team name “L.A. Magic Diddy”

  125. midwest says: Oct 21, 2010 9:55 AM

    @Billsgotballs..
    Traditionally, teams move because of stadium issues, not because of attendance issues. In fact, I think that every team to ever move has been because of stadium issues.
    The Vikings have a very serious stadium issue, and the people of Minnesota have voted against a publicly funded stadium.

  126. midwest says: Oct 21, 2010 9:55 AM

    @Billsgotballs..
    Traditionally, teams move because of stadium issues, not because of attendance issues. In fact, I think that every team to ever move has been because of stadium issues.
    The Vikings have a very serious stadium issue, and the people of Minnesota have voted against a publicly funded stadium.

  127. midwest says: Oct 21, 2010 9:57 AM

    I agree with georgeanderson. The real money would be in expansion. Add one more team to the AFC and one more team to the NFC.
    That is where the real money will flow.

  128. midwest says: Oct 21, 2010 9:57 AM

    I agree with georgeanderson. The real money would be in expansion. Add one more team to the AFC and one more team to the NFC.
    That is where the real money will flow.

  129. conníe says: Oct 21, 2010 10:13 AM

    # midwest says: October 21, 2010 9:55 AM
    “The Vikings have a very serious stadium issue, and the people of Minnesota have voted against a publicly funded stadium.”
    The same thing happened in Pittsburgh “a couple of stadiums ago…”
    A voter referendum for public financing was soundly defeated.
    That didn’t stop the politicians from eventually stealing it from the taxpayers anyway.

  130. conníe says: Oct 21, 2010 10:13 AM

    # midwest says: October 21, 2010 9:55 AM
    “The Vikings have a very serious stadium issue, and the people of Minnesota have voted against a publicly funded stadium.”
    The same thing happened in Pittsburgh “a couple of stadiums ago…”
    A voter referendum for public financing was soundly defeated.
    That didn’t stop the politicians from eventually stealing it from the taxpayers anyway.

  131. notsosmart says: Oct 21, 2010 10:16 AM

    An NFL team? As a Michigander I heard a rumor Magic was looking to partner up with Ilitch and buy into the Pistons!!!

  132. notsosmart says: Oct 21, 2010 10:16 AM

    An NFL team? As a Michigander I heard a rumor Magic was looking to partner up with Ilitch and buy into the Pistons!!!

  133. elmi0001 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:18 AM

    Gov. Pawlenty said TODAY it is highly likely the Viking’s will get a new stadium.
    Leave the North Stars out of this; that wasn’t the community turning their back on a team that was an owner turning it’s back on a community. Any owner of any team in America could get up and leave if they wanted to, it just so happens it was Norm Greed leaving Minnesota for Dallas.

  134. elmi0001 says: Oct 21, 2010 10:18 AM

    Gov. Pawlenty said TODAY it is highly likely the Viking’s will get a new stadium.
    Leave the North Stars out of this; that wasn’t the community turning their back on a team that was an owner turning it’s back on a community. Any owner of any team in America could get up and leave if they wanted to, it just so happens it was Norm Greed leaving Minnesota for Dallas.

  135. Codebeard says: Oct 21, 2010 11:34 AM

    Why are the Rams even being mentioned in this thread? Unlike some of the other teams out there, St. Louis is owned by someone who would have a vested interest in keeping the team where they are. Stan Kroenke lives in Columbia, MO and got his MBA from Mizzou, and started his business in St. Louis itself. The Rams are not being moved unless Kroenke is bought out.

  136. Codebeard says: Oct 21, 2010 11:34 AM

    Why are the Rams even being mentioned in this thread? Unlike some of the other teams out there, St. Louis is owned by someone who would have a vested interest in keeping the team where they are. Stan Kroenke lives in Columbia, MO and got his MBA from Mizzou, and started his business in St. Louis itself. The Rams are not being moved unless Kroenke is bought out.

  137. minnesconsin_ad says: Oct 21, 2010 12:02 PM

    Gov. Pawlenty said TODAY it is highly likely the Viking’s will get a new stadium.
    ———-
    T-Paw’s term is thankfully about to expire. Not making the stadium a priority in the 2010 legislative session was the only smart thing he ever did, and it pisses me off that he can chirp positivity about it at this stage. If they do get the stadium bill approved, it won’t be because of him.
    All 3 of the main candidates to replace Pawlenty do seem to support the stadium. The problem is, the citizens don’t. Put it up to a referendum, let the people decide.
    Sidenote, although I hate the vikings and can’t stomach the idea of paying for them to remain here, I find Tom Horner’s ideas at least manageable – but his chances at winning the election are very, very slim.

  138. minnesconsin_ad says: Oct 21, 2010 12:02 PM

    Gov. Pawlenty said TODAY it is highly likely the Viking’s will get a new stadium.
    ———-
    T-Paw’s term is thankfully about to expire. Not making the stadium a priority in the 2010 legislative session was the only smart thing he ever did, and it pisses me off that he can chirp positivity about it at this stage. If they do get the stadium bill approved, it won’t be because of him.
    All 3 of the main candidates to replace Pawlenty do seem to support the stadium. The problem is, the citizens don’t. Put it up to a referendum, let the people decide.
    Sidenote, although I hate the vikings and can’t stomach the idea of paying for them to remain here, I find Tom Horner’s ideas at least manageable – but his chances at winning the election are very, very slim.

  139. skimfire says: Oct 21, 2010 2:26 PM

    If there is any kind of competition involving promises of sell outs, deposits on PSL’s, club seats sales and/or luxury suite commitments it would spell doom for LA. If a team made it clear it was on the block to be moved all it would take is another viable city other than LA to get involved and LA would lose. Right now LA is just being used as leverage to get better deals/support from existing cities.
    The NFL didn’t pick the best market when they selected Jacksonville for expansion in 1993 over St. Louis and Baltimore, then the existing owners swooped in and took those sweetheart deals in the cities they had turned down for themselves.
    I’m not sure what the motivation would be for an owner to sell to a new owner who would get a sweetheart deal in the second largest media market, so it seems like expansion might be the only way LA gets a new team. I suppose if the Bills had to sell when Wilson passes that would be another way…

  140. skimfire says: Oct 21, 2010 2:26 PM

    If there is any kind of competition involving promises of sell outs, deposits on PSL’s, club seats sales and/or luxury suite commitments it would spell doom for LA. If a team made it clear it was on the block to be moved all it would take is another viable city other than LA to get involved and LA would lose. Right now LA is just being used as leverage to get better deals/support from existing cities.
    The NFL didn’t pick the best market when they selected Jacksonville for expansion in 1993 over St. Louis and Baltimore, then the existing owners swooped in and took those sweetheart deals in the cities they had turned down for themselves.
    I’m not sure what the motivation would be for an owner to sell to a new owner who would get a sweetheart deal in the second largest media market, so it seems like expansion might be the only way LA gets a new team. I suppose if the Bills had to sell when Wilson passes that would be another way…

  141. Raiders757 says: Oct 21, 2010 2:48 PM

    There’s already three teams in California, and three is enough. All three teams need a new stadium, so if anyone is going to move into the L.A. market, it should be one of them.
    In reality, L.A. has proven several times that they have better things to do than watch NFL football on Sunday’s, so maybe it’s best to leave things be.

  142. Raiders757 says: Oct 21, 2010 2:48 PM

    There’s already three teams in California, and three is enough. All three teams need a new stadium, so if anyone is going to move into the L.A. market, it should be one of them.
    In reality, L.A. has proven several times that they have better things to do than watch NFL football on Sunday’s, so maybe it’s best to leave things be.

  143. Macleod says: Oct 21, 2010 4:52 PM

    Makes sense Florio. Minnesota is in the talk because they haven’t built the team a stadium. Therefore, the solution would be to move them to L.A., where not only have numerous teams failed, but where there is also not a stadium. Yep, makes sense. Idiot.

  144. Macleod says: Oct 21, 2010 4:52 PM

    Makes sense Florio. Minnesota is in the talk because they haven’t built the team a stadium. Therefore, the solution would be to move them to L.A., where not only have numerous teams failed, but where there is also not a stadium. Yep, makes sense. Idiot.

  145. frank booth says: Oct 21, 2010 6:27 PM

    The Vikings will leave Minnesota over Sid Hartman’s dead body.
    Which could come at any time now.

  146. frank booth says: Oct 21, 2010 6:27 PM

    The Vikings will leave Minnesota over Sid Hartman’s dead body.
    Which could come at any time now.

  147. UncleTuna says: Oct 21, 2010 6:31 PM

    The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1979?!?
    I thought the Lakers moved to LA in 1960?
    Anyways the Jaguars should be the team to move to LA so Jack Del Rio can go home, with a new winner, and the resources to build a good team…
    Los Angeles Vikings?
    An NFL without the Vikings?
    Or maybe someone should whisper in Al’s ear, “the NFL commissioner says you can’t move the team to LA” and then he and Lane Kiffin would be closer within the week…

  148. UncleTuna says: Oct 21, 2010 6:31 PM

    The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1979?!?
    I thought the Lakers moved to LA in 1960?
    Anyways the Jaguars should be the team to move to LA so Jack Del Rio can go home, with a new winner, and the resources to build a good team…
    Los Angeles Vikings?
    An NFL without the Vikings?
    Or maybe someone should whisper in Al’s ear, “the NFL commissioner says you can’t move the team to LA” and then he and Lane Kiffin would be closer within the week…

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