Tag:Magic Johnson
Posted on: December 16, 2010 8:43 am

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- The chatter surrounding an NFL team moving to Los Angeles has been heavy in recent months.

Magic Johnson is on board with bringing football back to the City of Angels, Bob Kraft's waxed optimistic about the move, and at least two NFL teams (the Chargers and the Vikings) have suspect stadium situations that make them prime candidates to move.

However, don't expect news on the LaLa front any time too soon -- Roger Goodell stated in his press conference following the owners' meetings that the primary obstacle to professional football in Los Angeles is currently the lack of a labor deal.

"I've said the No. 1 thing to make the economics work in Los Angeles is a new collective bargaining agreement," Goodell said. "I don't think it's a coincidence that we have not had a new stadium built since we entered into this collective bargaining agreement in 2006.

"The Giants and Jets stadium, the Dallas stadium and Kansas City were all far along in the process or at least along in the process that it couldn't be reversed. The economics of trying to build a stadium in the Los Angeles market are challenging and part of that challenge is the collective bargaining agreement so we have to get that resolved."

Goodell makes a salient point -- it's often assumed that once a group can find the funding there will eventually be a team that wants to jump into the nation's second-largest market.

But with the possibility of no football at all looming large in 2011, can it be assumed that there'll be football in Los Angeles soon? Of course not.

In fact, Goodell's words may serve as a nice (albeit not direct in any way) warning to any groups that want to try and pack up a club and drag them into downtown L.A. -- it's not going to be as easy as it looks, unless the relationship between a city and a club just completely dissolve in a quick fashion.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:47 pm

Derek Anderson apologizes for postgame tirade

Posted by Will Brinson

Derek Anderson went b-a-n-a-n-a-s in the postgame press conference Monday, after the Cardinals got demolished by San Francisco in primetime.

He was upset that Jon Gruden caught him laughing, and more upset that Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic kept asking him why he was laughing on the sideline. On Wednesday, he apologized.

"I'd like to apologize for my actions after the game," There's a more professional manner I could have handled that. I wasn't raised that way. My mom and my dad didn't raise me to act like that in times of adversity. I obviously was very frustrated by what happened during the game and I let the emotions get the best of me."

There was a TON made of Anderson's blowup -- people either rushed to Anderson's defense (how DARE a reporter question his dedication and antagonize him like that?!?) or to Somer's ("Um, Derek, you get played to play football -- if you're losing, don't smile.").

Even some famous people got in on the act. Like, say, Magic Johnson, who said would have cut Anderson for smiling like that.

And Dwight Howard, who mocked the speech following the Magic's game on Tuesday.

So, yeah, come down on it either way you want, but we can move past it now -- Anderson freaked out and probably overreacted a little bit and he's apologized, so it's time to just get ready for the next game (St. Louis at home, with a chance to get even more awkward!) and get this man a Coors Light commercial.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 4:36 pm

Magic 'definitely' interested in owning Dolphins

Posted by Will Brinson

Magic Johnson's made no bones about his desire to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles -- it's something he wants to do very badly. And that's understandable, considering that LA is a monster TV market, it has no NFL team, and, as noted previously, they did it on Entourage so it clearly needs to happen in real life.

Turns out, Magic might also be interested in owning the Dolphins. That's according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, who was chatting up Earvin before the Steelers-Dolphins game (Magic's buddies with 'Fins owner Stephen Ross and was there, according to LaCanfora, at his request).

LaCanfora says Magic "praised GM Jeff Ireland, Ross, Bill Parcells and the [Dolphins] organization" and that he is "definitely" interested in becoming a minority owner with Miami, though he hasn't been approached about the possibility.

It seems reasonable that Magic, who recently sold all his shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, might dabble in the NFL vis-a-vis the Dolphins before going "all-in" with ownership of an L.A. team. Plus, is there any celebrity left who doesn't own a couple of Dolphins' shares?

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:37 pm

Kraft thinks NFL in LA 'in the next 5 years'

Posted by Will Brinson

The "NFL returns to Los Angeles" got a swift kick in the rumor mill butt Thursday, when Magic Johnson decided to let the world know that he would be very interested in bringing the sport back to the second biggest television market in the country.

Johnson, who recently sold a his share of the Los Angeles Lakers, told the Los Angeles Times that he'd be interested in bringing the sport back.

"Would I be interested? Of course I would be interested," Johnson said. "Have I talked to anybody about it? No. But I would love ... I would do that in two seconds."

And who can blame him? Bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles is a gold mine for anyone with the cash to pony up for it (Johnson qualifies), and plus, they talked about it in "Entourage," so it has to make sense from a business perspective!

Actually, someone equally as biz-savvy as Ari Gold agrees -- Patriots owner Bob Kraft told USA Today that he'd be surprised if the NFL didn't return to LA within the next five years.

"I'd be very surprised if it doesn't happen in the next five years," Kraft said Thursday. "We have to be in L.A. How can we not be in the second-largest city in America, which is a gateway to Asia and Mexico?"

Well, I'm not a geography major, but it sure seems like "Phoenix" and "Texas" are as nice of a gateway to Mexico as Los Angeles, but Kraft's point is a salient one -- the NFL could use a team in Los Angeles, if only because it's good for the business and good for the country.

After all, it's not fun to root against the Jaguars; a team in Los Angeles, though, reeks of a front-runner you can pull against.

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