Colts owner says it's 'certain' NFL will have team in Los Angeles by 2017

Wednesday May 20th, 2015

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes that it's "certain" that the NFL will have a team in Los Angeles by 2017, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post​.

Irsay added that it is no longer a matter of "if" a team will be in Los Angeles, but a matter of "how many" teams will be there by 2017. 

The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams have all been tied to potential relocations to the city. Chargers owner Dean Spanos told Hubbuch "there's no way" the league will let three teams relocate to L.A. 

On Tuesday, the city of Carson, Calif., completed a complex deal to acquire a large parcel of land on the site of a former landfill that would be used to build a stadium shared by the Raiders and Chargers.

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The two teams presented updated plans for the proposed shared stadium in April, estimating the cost at $1.7 billion. On Monday, a proposal for a new $1.1 billion stadium for the Chargers in San Diego was made to Spanos and San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer.

On Wednesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at a spring owners meeting press conference that if the league has a team in Los Angeles by 2020, the city will be in consideration for hosting Super Bowl 54.

- Molly Geary

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