Giants owner John Mara believes a team will be in Los Angeles
New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he believes there will be a team in Los Angeles in the near future, but said there is nothing new with discussions about the subject.
The nation’s second-largest city has not had team since the Raiders and the Rams bolted out of town after the 1994 season. While there are no teams that have confirmed that are looking at Los Angeles as a possible spot for relocation, the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are among the teams that have repeatedly come up in the conversation.
Pro Football Talk reported last week that the plan is for the NFL to place possibly two teams back in Los Angeles within the next two years.
Mara said nothing has been finalized, and was asked if the NFL has backed off about have a team in Los Angeles.
“It's hard to say. We discussed it a little bit today in terms of what sites are going to be in play,” Mara said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “But in terms of what team it's going to be and when it's going to happen, I don't know if that's moved at all. At least we haven't been told about it. Do I think we're going to be in L.A. within the next few years? Yeah, I think somebody's going to be there."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was also hesitant when asked about a possible L.A. team.
"I’ve always been reluctant until we have a solution to project where we are,” Goodell said. “There are reasons for optimism, but that can change quickly also. “What we want to do is make sure we’re doing the work to evaluate those alternatives, understand those alternatives, and if there’s an alternative that makes sense, bring that to the membership.”
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