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AEG exec says 5 teams discussed move to Los Angeles

The head of the sports and entertainment firm that wants to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles has been in talks with officials from five pro football teams about the proposed venue, a company official said Friday.

Anschutz Entertainment Group President and CEO Tim Leiweke has spoken with representatives from the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars, company spokesman Michael Roth told The Associated Press.

Leiweke said all those teams are ''in the mix,'' but conceded, ''We're not packing any (moving) vans right now,'' according to the Orange County Register, which was first to report on the talks.

The most recent discussion took place a week ago, said Leiweke, who didn't specify which team those talks were with.

Leiweke also told the Register that AEG owner Philip Anschutz was prepared to acquire a majority stake in an NFL team that would play at the proposed venue and that the company was willing to pay for a team to get out of its current lease.

Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani told the AP that the team is in frequent contact with Leiweke concerning unrelated business, but that a move to Los Angeles has not been discussed.

He also said that Chargers owner Alex Spanos and his family were not interested in relinquishing a majority stake of the team.

Messages left with the Vikings, Raiders, Rams and Jaguars were not returned.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment on whether the league was aware of team discussions with AEG.

''Teams are permitted to talk to third parties,'' McCarthy said in a statement.

AEG's $1 billion plan for a 72,000-seat stadium on part of the city's convention center campus is one of two competing proposals that aim to bring pro football back to Los Angeles 15 years after the Rams and Raiders left the nation's second-largest market within months of one another.

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f**k LA
Its going to be jacksonville
Originally posted by 9erVillian:
f**k LA




[ Edited by VDSF on Jun 10, 2011 at 13:28:50 ]
I hope it's the Raiders.
I'd prefer the Jags: They still have that "new franchise" smell.
Originally posted by 9erVillian:
f**k LA
LA receives an expansion team in 2015
Originally posted by DaDivaRecieva15:
I hope it's the Raiders.

No way. The battle of the bay is a blast every year. Its good to have a rival so close.
Rams?
I know a business man in SD that says the Chargers will be moving to Orange County within the next 3 years.
Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
I'd prefer the Jags: They still have that "new franchise" smell.

Yeah, they've only been in the NFL.......what......like 17 years?
Originally posted by global_nomad:
I know a business man in SD that says the Chargers will be moving to Orange County within the next 3 years.

Ohhhhhhh a business man, wowzerz.
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