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.

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

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

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

  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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    That would be hilarious.

  8. 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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    That would be hilarious.

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

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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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?

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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

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

  31. # 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?

  32. # 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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

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

  39. ‘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.

  40. ‘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.

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

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

  43. 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?

  44. # 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?

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. @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.

  50. @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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!!

  56. 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!!

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

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

  59. $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.

  60. $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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. “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.

  68. “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.

  69. 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. 🙂

  70. 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. 🙂

  71. 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…….

  72. 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…….

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

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

  75. 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….

  76. 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….

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

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

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. “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+.

  82. “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+.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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…

  86. 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…

  87. 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’.

  88. 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’.

  89. 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”

  90. 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”

  91. @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.

  92. @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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. # 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.

  96. # 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.

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

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

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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…

  106. 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…

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

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

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

  113. 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…

  114. 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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