Report: Dolphins owner says L.A. will get NFL team 'certainly within five years'

Sunday June 1st, 2014

Owner Steve Ross said he thought about building a stadium in Los Angeles prior to purchasing the Dolphins in 2008. (Miami Herald/Getty Images) Owner Steve Ross said he thought about building a stadium in Los Angeles before purchasing the Dolphins in 2008. (Miami Herald/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross said on Saturday at the NFL Career Development Symposium in Philadelphia that the city of Los Angeles will get an NFL team -- not an expansion team, and not the Dolphins -- within the next five years, according to a tweet from The Wall Street Journal's Kevin Clark.

In a report from Dan Hanzus of, Ross was quoted at length talking about the NFL being "very concentrated" on launching a team in Los Angeles:

"It's not as simple as finding a place and putting a stadium there. I think a lot of teams would like to be there, and certain teams should be there, and I think the NFL is very concentrated on getting a team in the L.A. market ... It's about finding the site, building the stadium, getting the approvals and moving on. I think that's one of the great priorities of the NFL."

Ross said before purchasing the Miami franchise in 2008, he gave some thought toward working on building a stadium in Los Angeles.

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The speculation from Ross is hardly new, however, as numerous sources close to the league and executives within the NFL have talked about the possibility in recent years. Last July, longtime Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it's a "black eye" for the NFL to not have a league in such a large market like Los Angeles. Jones said the league is "closer than ever" to having perhaps one or two teams back in the city, a throwback to the days when the Rams and Raiders were there until 1994.

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