SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The National Football League will eventually make its way back to Los Angeles, but there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered about bringing professional football to Southern California.
John Madden told the KCBS Morning Crew that he thinks league officials want football in Los Angeles but he’s still not certain which franchise would move and where a new stadium will be built.
“They would get a team but they still wouldn’t have a stadium; That’s always the big thing,” he said. “Can you get the person or group to build a stadium? And they’ve never been able to do that.”
Among the possible franchises to move are the St. Louis Rams, the San Diego Chargers and even the Oakland Raiders. But Madden said he thinks the league will have plenty to say about which franchise moves. According to a CBS Sports article, there is hope of having a team in place for the 2013 season, but Madden said there is still no stadium in place or even an exact location for a stadium, which could make that a difficult timeline to keep.
“If they were to build a stadium, there would not only be one team in LA, but eventually, there would be two teams,” Madden said.
The early part of this week is also considered one of the slowest sports times of the year with baseball taking a break due to the All Star Game. On Monday night, the main show was the annual Home Run Derby. Madden said that he did not boo New York Yankees 2nd baseman Robinson Cano, who didn’t hit a home run and perhaps more importantly for Kansas City fans, didn’t select Royals designated hitter Billy Butler to take part in the contest. But he was impressed with Prince Fielder, who once again took home the crown.
“Some of those shots were amazing and he just walks around with that swing. He doesn’t have to change things for the Home Run Derby,” said Madden.
He said the derby should be about fans enjoying themselves and for the players to enjoy the time with their friends and family.
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