Los Angeles still wants an NFL team

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

This could be the stadium of the next L.A. NFL team, if there ever is one. (USATSI)
This could be the stadium of the next L.A. NFL team, if there ever is one. (USATSI)

If you haven't thought about the potential of an NFL team moving to Los Angeles in a while, you'd be forgiven. The Chargers still are in San Diego, the Jaguars are still in Jacksonville, and at this point, there's more talk about London getting a professional NFL team than our countrymen in L.A.

But that doesn't mean L.A. has given up the fight.

The L.A. City Council's Economic Development Committee has backed a resolution that urges the NFL to bring at least one or maybe two teams to L.A., and the resolution will now go before the full City Council, according to CBS Los Angeles.

It “puzzles me why, out of 32 teams, one doesn't want to come here to sunny Southern California,” said Councilman Tom Labonge, the author of the resolution.

The league continues to monitor the possibility of bringing football back to L.A., 52 years after the Chargers migrated south to San Diego, and 18 years after the Rams headed east for St. Louis while Al Davis returned the Raiders to Oakland.

But so far, there hasn't been any movement. No matter what the city council does with its resolution, that's unlikely to change for now.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been adamant about keeping the team in Jacksonville, and it seems that the Spanos family wants the Chargers to remain in San Diego. The Raiders are a possibility perhaps, especially if they can't get a new stadium and continue to decide that sharing the 49ers new home is unpalatable.

“We've waited far too long to root for the home team” LaBonge said. “Our collective excitement for the new NFL season is dampened by Los Angeles' lack of a team.”

So far, the wait for a new team has been long and fruitless. And it continues for the foreseeable future.

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