NBA legend Magic Johnson says he can see himself getting involved with bringing a team to the Los Angeles area.
Magic Johnson says he can see himself getting involved with bringing a team to the Los Angeles area.
Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city, has not had an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams left two decades ago. Johnson said no one has made contact with him about bringing a franchise to the city, but says he is open-minded to the idea.
"I know how to do it," Johnson told USA Today. "Whether it's me or somebody else, I think it's important."
Johnson already owns pieces of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
Johnson told Yahoo Sports last summer that he believes the area will get an NFL team within the next two years.
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has already bought 60 acres of land next to the Forum in Inglewood with plans to build an 80,000-seat NFL stadium. But Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said that the city is moving ahead with plans to secure land in St. Louis for a new facility for the Rams.
Whether Johnson becomes involved in ownership of a new team is irrelevant to him.
"Even if I'm not involved, I just want the suite," Johnson said. "Seriously, I'm going to be the first one in line to get a suite. So whoever's coming, even if I'm not a part of it, I'm going to buy my suite and I'm going to be there, just like I was at Raiders games and Rams games."
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