Report: NFL to begin formal market assessment for possible L.A. team

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Report: Rams most likely NFL team to move to Los Angeles
Tuesday October 21st, 2014

The National Football League will start a comprehensive survey on the Los Angeles market to see if bringing an NFL team to the area for the first time in more than two decades is possible, reports the The Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, the survey is not site-specific and does not identify teams that are relocation candidates. Legends, a sports consulting firm that has worked with the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City FC, will conduct the study.

Los Angeles, the United States' second-largest city and television market, has not had a team since the Raiders and the Rams left town after the 1994 season.

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council gave developer Anschutz Entertainment Group another six months to bring a professional football team to Los Angeles.

There are three primary possibilities for a current NFL team to relocate to the area. The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders each are operating their current venues on yearly leases.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased 60 acres of potential stadium land in Inglewood last December. The team recently rejected a $700 million renovation plan on the 19-year old Edward Jones Dome.

The league is also evaluating two potential sites in Carson, which is located 20 miles from Los Angeles. 

- Scooby Axson

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