Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Basketball superstar Magic Johnson believes that the return of an NFL squad to Los Angeles is imminent.
“I think for the first time, I truly believe we’re going to get a team. Finally,” Johnson said. “Everybody is on board. The city is on board. The business community is on board. The NFL is on board.”
“Finally we have momentum. In the next couple years, at least in the next 24 months, I think one team will be coming. I don’t know what team that will be, but I believe in the next two years we’ll have a team,” he added.
Farmers Field, a proposed $1.5 billion downtown football stadium connected to an expanded Los Angeles Convention Center, is ready for construction.
A competing stadium project proposed by real estate magnate Ed Roski in the City of Industry has been ready to push dirt since 2009, with little traction.
Johnson, part of a group that bought the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 for $2 billion, said he would welcome the Oakland Raiders return to Los Angeles.
“It would be great to have the Raiders back in L.A., I would love for that to happen,” Johnson said. “But that’s going to be up to Mark and the Raiders and the NFL. But I would love to have the Raiders back in L.A. where they belong.
Raiders owner Mark Davis and two high-ranking Raiders front-office personnel met with several city officials in July about the potential of moving his team from Oakland to San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reported last month.
However, Johnson said there’s no other destination for the Raiders other than Los Angeles.
“Mark knows there’s only one place he can go — that’s L.A. San Antonio? Come on now. Come on,” he said.