Los Angeles has been without professional football for fifteen years, with owner Al Davis pulling the plug and moving his Raiders back to Oakland. While the University of Southern California Trojans supplied some great entertainment by winning a National Championship and several Rose Bowl appearances that was crazy fun to watch as a football fan despite being a Husky, it was college football!

When it comes to revenue, television contracts are huge in the eye of all professional sports ownership. Today Los Angeles ranks #2 in Metropolitan Market Regions, behind New York and ahead of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas to round out the top five. Currently the top fifteen cities ranked is shown below.

There are two groups fighting to get the attention of the NFL ownership group. Both organizations are burning the midnight oil in hopes the NFL will take them seriously. AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) CEO Tim Leiweke is working extremely hard to bring a NFL Franchise back to the city of Los Angeles. AEG bid to build a NFL approved stadium in downtown L.A. near the Convention Center. Per several sources, one third of the Los Angeles Convention Center will be torn down to give way to the new AEG Stadium which would be used for NFL Football, World Cup Soccer, NCAA’s Final Four and Concerts (Musical, Religious etc).

Majestic Realty Co. is the second group that is bidding for rights to another NFL franchise in Los Angeles and they have stadium building plans as well. Majestic Realty’s Chairman & CEO Ed Roski Jr. has made several public comments of their plans to break ground on a stadium as soon as he can lure a team to move, despite the emergence of AEG (who now has teamed up with NBA great and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson). Magic cashed in his Los Angeles Lakers stock as well as Starbucks to join the group he feels has the best chance to help bring an NFL franchise to a town where he is a king and is loved a great deal. Interestingly enough, Magic has chosen AEG over Mr. Roski, who is a part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The NFL has a hard decision to make in moving a franchise to Los Angeles in hopes the local fan base accepts them with open arms with sell outs. The new stadium location is extremely important as well, (in terms of access to the stadium; traffic that is always a bottleneck just traveling across town, and fan friendly interaction when visiting the new venue for the fan base).

Mr. Roski’s stadium information, diagrams, and plans are delayed due to the upcoming and potential lockout over the possible NFL’s labor dispute. It’s unlikely any team will announce a move until after a new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has been reached.

Minnesota Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley confirmed that both AEG and Majestic officials approached the Vikings recently about a possible relocation. The Vikings play rent-free in the Metrodome, but team owner Zygi Wilf has been pushing to get a new stadium. The Vikings’ lease with the Metrodome ends after this season.

Other teams mentioned on a potential relocation are San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and possibly the St. Louis Rams returning home so to speak, just to name a few. Heavy rumors are that Phil Anschutz had or will purchase a 35 percent ownership stake in the San Diego Chargers, which created a stir on San Diego radio shows on Tuesday night, with worried fans assuming that Anschutz would move the Chargers to L.A. to play in AEG’s proposed downtown stadium.

Both AEG and Majestic organizations were listening and awaiting the announcement from FIFA (Federation International Football Association – Soccer) on if the USA will host a World Cup. The announcement was disaster for both; 2018 was granted to Russia and 2022 was awarded to soccer poor, but oil rich Qatar (small country attached to Saudi Arabia, surrounded by Persia).

Several questions are still being asked. Such as which NFL franchise will be moving to LA? Which organization will be awarded the rights to build the stadium (AEG or Majestic)? The location of the stadium as well is a concern logistically. The bottom line is that the NFL misses the #2 television market in Los Angeles, while the fan base in L.A go on praying for a NFL team to make a home in the City of Angels.