“There’s always been a lot of talk – and then it never happens”

Could it be?  Is the NFL returning to Los Angeles?

All signs finally point to go.  Yes, 15 years after the Raiders and Rams skipped town, the biggest impediment to the return of the league to the City of Angels – a new stadium – appears to have been resolved with today’s announcement of the signing of an environmental exemption bill by lame-duck California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Of course, the bill allowing development of the stadium in the suburban City of Industry (approved last week by California state senators) would mean nothing without the deep pockets of private money men.

The most important of those, Ed Roski, is featured in this great profile in SI.com.  Jon Wertheim interviewed Roski and brings us up-to-speed on all of the current issues while providing some valuable historical perspective on why the NFL has not had a presence in the nation’s 2nd-most populous city for the last decade and a half.

There is an official website already for the site now known as Los Angeles Stadium (your sponsorship dollars welcome!) and, no surprise, it looks pretty sweet.

A depiction of the future Los Angeles Stadium

A depiction of the future Los Angeles Stadium

What does it all mean?  Not a whole lot yet.  But keep your eyes out for more on this story if/when the shovels hit the ground as it promises to be one of the biggest storylines in the NFL over the next several years.

Especially in those cities (San Diego, Oakland, San Francisco, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Jacksonville, and St. Louis, this means you) dilly-dallying on working out financing agreements on new stadiums with their respective team owners. 

It looks like it’s actually going to happen this time.  This is about to get very interesting.

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~ by acm213 on October 22, 2009.

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