There has not been an NFL team in Los Angeles since both the Raiders and Rams bolted town after the 1994 season. But Los Angeles Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson thinks that the area will get a team sooner than later.
“I think for the first time, I truly believe we're going to get a team. Finally," Johnson said to Yahoo Sports. “In the next couple years, at least in the next 24 months, I think one team will be coming. I don't know what team that will be, but I believe in the next two years we'll have a team."
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The Raiders moved back to Oakland from Los Angeles after spending 14 seasons there. Oakland has been lobbying for a new stadium to replace O.co Coliseum, which has been in operation since 1966.
Johnson, who is a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, says it would be great to have the Raiders back in town, but the ultimate decision will be left up to Raiders owner Mark Davis and the NFL.
"Everybody is on board. The city is on board. The business community is on board. The NFL is on board,” Johnson said.
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