INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CBS / AP) — Sorry, Los Angeles. The only NFL expansion happening anytime soon is to next season’s schedule of Thursday night games.
During his annual Super Bowl news conference, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that adding to the league’s 32 teams “has not been on our agenda” and that he doesn’t “see that in the foreseeable future.”
He also said the NFL wants “to keep our teams where they are.”
At the start of his state of the NFL exchange with reporters, Goodell was asked about returning a team to Los Angeles, and replied the league hasn’t thought about it “at all.”
However, he said that if the 32-team league puts a franchise in Los Angeles, it would probably expand to 34 teams.
Goodell reiterated that the league would like to have a team in L.A., but said there are a lot of issues that had to be worked out. There are talks about two competing sites in Los Angeles, and Goodell thinks the two sides can be brought together.
Among other topics Goodell addressed: Every club will appear on prime-time TV in 2012, thanks in part to new Thursday games that now will be scheduled from Week 2 through Week 15. All but Week 12 will be on the NFL Network.
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