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Al Michaels thinks NFL will indeed return soon to L.A.

NBC’s Al Michaels possibly would be inclined to do a deal with the devil to get the NFL back in the City of Angels.

A long-time resident of Los Angeles, Michaels crisscrosses the country from August into January, but he never is able to work in his own town because football hasn’t been played there since 1994.

During a Tuesday appearance on PFT Live, Michaels spoke optimistically about recent developments in L.A. and the possibility that a new stadium will be built there.

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21 Responses to “Al Michaels thinks NFL will indeed return soon to L.A.”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Feb 9, 2011 8:05 AM

    Will Jay Cutler be the QB? I hear his LA legwork is pretty damn good.

  2. juanhughjazz says: Feb 9, 2011 8:43 AM

    LA Vikings! make it happen

  3. jc1958coo says: Feb 9, 2011 8:48 AM

    i guees that means the purple queens are headed to LA ! unless the mud ducks up in minnesota pull a cleveland and keep the name!! lol

  4. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Feb 9, 2011 8:50 AM

    It’s incomprehensible to me how the nation’s second largest city by population has no representation in the greatest sport. Even my home state—which has roughly one quarter the population of the “City of Angels”—is represented in the NFL.

  5. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 9, 2011 8:52 AM

    Al is dreaming.

    The AEG proposal is just the latest in a series of failed proposals. Unless Anshutz is willing to write a billion dollar check it ain’t going to happen. LA and Cali are broke and NO tax money/bonds/free land is going to to any billionaires any time soon.

  6. abninf says: Feb 9, 2011 8:58 AM

    he never is able to work in his own town because football hasn’t been played there since 1994.
    —————————————————-

    Did the problem of why it’s hasn’t been there since 1994 get fixed?

  7. mrznyc says: Feb 9, 2011 9:01 AM

    Football HAS been played in LA since 1994 – Great football has been played in LA since 1994 – There just hasn’t been some mediocre NFL team playing it, that’s all.

  8. dwoofer says: Feb 9, 2011 9:42 AM

    Minnesota will never relocate. Fans there won’t allow it. They’ll do anything to keep the team there. The whole thing is a ploy to bait gullible Vikings fans into paying for a new stadium. I wouldn’t be surprised if the outfit in L.A. who is pulling for a team there is owned by Vikings interests. The entire L.A. thing is nothing more than a drawing on a piece of paper. The fans will fall for the bait. Besides, is there anything at all to do in Minnesota, especially during fall and winter, other than watch the Vikings, or leave and go to Arizona?

  9. ben6berry says: Feb 9, 2011 9:53 AM

    3 teams in Cali not enough for you? If you want to follow a team choose one. Let somewhere like Utah, Birmingham, Portland, Oklahoma City, or just about anywhere else have one. Cali doesn’t have to hog 4 out of 32-34 teams.

  10. realitypolice says: Feb 9, 2011 10:39 AM

    I would appreciate it if anyone on here who thinks the NFL is not going back to LA would provide me with a list of all of the other things the NFL wanted that it didn’t eventually get.

    *crickets chirping*

  11. realitypolice says: Feb 9, 2011 10:42 AM

    dwoofer says:
    Feb 9, 2011 9:42 AM
    Minnesota will never relocate. Fans there won’t allow it. They’ll do anything to keep the team there.
    ====================

    Like the fans of the Browns would never let them leave for Baltimore.

    Like the fans of the Colts would never let them leave for Indiannapolis.

    Like the fans of the Raiders would never let them move to LA.

    Like the fans of the Cardinals would never let them leave for Arizona.

  12. georgeanderson2 says: Feb 9, 2011 11:03 AM

    Miami is not getting any financial help from their community as they watch all the other pro sports teams get money handed over to them. Dolphins came late to the party in a broke city. Steve Ross has had meetings with Magic Johnson(who wants to bring a team to LA) and other financially stable celebrity types who would benefit from a team in LA. Don’t be shocked if Miami loses their Dolphins for a few years as musical franchises begin.

  13. therealjimmysmith says: Feb 9, 2011 11:44 AM

    Keep in mind this stadium won’t be ready until 2015 at the earliest. Where would the team play until then? The Colisseum? It’s got great history, but makes the Metrodome look like a modernized money-maker. And no luxury boxes, which in today’s NFL is the equivalent of financial mono.

  14. wallyhorse says: Feb 9, 2011 2:33 PM

    You likely won’t see the NFL in LA until a new stadium is actually built, if it all.

    I still believe the one reason the NFL wants a team in LA is to please the network partners, so they can have stars of their prime time shows “be seen at the game.” There has been too much bungling otherwise for me to see an NFL team move to LA anytime soon.

    The other problem is at least with people I know in LA, they care first and foremost about the Lakers and could care less if an NFL team ever came back to LA. The Lakers own LA with all their championships in the past 30+ years (going back to the “Showtime” Lakers of the ’80s), and they are what LA cares about (again, at least with people I know who live there). The Dodgers generally are second, followed by USC and UCLA football, etc. LA is the one city where the NFL likely takes a back seat to the NBA.

  15. seewise says: Feb 9, 2011 3:48 PM

    i guees that means the purple queens are headed to LA ! unless the mud ducks up in minnesota pull a cleveland and keep the name!! lol

    Really LOL? Yeah your just the kind of fans the vikings need, what a joker. I’m takin’ names, so when your annoying opinions are crushed, all us viking fans will, LOL.

  16. recon163 says: Feb 9, 2011 6:36 PM

    @ wallyhorse:

    “I still believe the one reason the NFL wants a team in LA is to please the network partners, so they can have stars of their prime time shows “be seen at the game.”

    Did you notice all the stars at the Super Bowl? This means that the studios can put their stars on TV at anytime they want to, they don’t need a team in LA to do so. No problem flying them to any city in the nation to be seen.

    The primary reason for putting a team in LA is the 17 million potential customers.

    “The other problem is at least with people I know in LA, they care first and foremost about the Lakers and could care less if an NFL team ever came back to LA.”

    Not so. We would care if a team came back to LA, but we aren’t going to give a billionaire public money to bring it back.

    “LA is the one city where the NFL likely takes a back seat to the NBA.”

    Probably not. Pistons may be more popular then the Lions. Celtics also come to mind.

  17. recon163 says: Feb 9, 2011 6:40 PM

    @ ben6berry

    “3 teams in Cali not enough for you?”

    California isn’t Rhode Island. It has over 30 million people in it. With three teams we have one team per 10 million people.

    “Cali doesn’t have to hog 4 out of 32-34 teams.”

    It is a matter of what the market will support and where the money will be made. LA? Sure! OKC? Not so much…..

  18. SmackSaw says: Feb 9, 2011 7:29 PM

    Los Angeles Jaguars. That’s a cool name. They’ll have to move to the NFC West.

  19. goombar2 says: Feb 9, 2011 11:55 PM

    Really… You guys think the people of LA want the loser bowl vikings? No way!

    The Jags are a much better team and they don’t have a long… long… long… history of being losers.

  20. theytukrjobs says: Feb 11, 2011 4:57 PM

    The most likely outcome is that nothing really happens for years. This story is getting way more attention than it should this early in the game.

    But most curious to me is how so many people put up the LA Vikings comments. The Vikings are a potential suitor after next season, but still much less likely than at least 6 other teams. If lawmakers get a stadium deal done this session, as expected, then there will never have been a single second in which the Vikings could legally move to LA. Yet on this site alone probably thousands of comments about it happening.

    For a team that is mid to small market, has never won a superbowl, and is in about the most polite state in the US to attract so much hate from random imbecils is rather surprising, almost intriguing. Just…kind of strange what people latch onto sometimes.

    Meh time to put the football stuff away for a while. This week the Vikes signed a letter of intent to put the new stadium in Arden Hills in the middle of nowhere, which could be kind of interesting. I still think it should go downtown though.

  21. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 12, 2011 1:19 PM

    la should and will get a team,but if the league adds one team,it has to add another,and if the vikes leave minnesota,they will raise holy hell if they don’t get another team!

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