NFL Make it an Evening in Los Angeles

 

Former Kansas City Chiefs and New York head coach Herman Edwards thinks it would be a good idea if Los Angeles was able to land another NFL team./Dennis J. Freeman

By Dennis J. Freeman

Los Angeles-The city of Los Angeles is badly in need of a professional football team. With the defections of the Rams (St. Louis) and the Raiders (Oakland) to other venues, the city has been mired in proproganda the last two decades about whether or not if there ever will be another team.

When the Raiders left to move back to Oakland, it left a sour taste in the mouths of fans and elected officials.

 Having a professional football team in town usually means extra generated revenue for the city, hundreds to thousands of employment opportunities for local residents and expected upswing in traffic for local businesses.

There have been countless environmental studies conducted. Collaborations between private companies and local cities to produce the right mix for a professional football stadium have hit a snag. Carson, City of Industry, Irwindale and even the embattled Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have all been mentioned at some point as the ideal place to land a pro football team.

 So far, nothing has turned out to be fruitful enough to land anything concrete on the matter. Up to now, everything has pretty much been a talkfest. But there is hope. There is a lot of hope.

 The NFL continues to keep that light flickering as it continues to hold its annual NFL 101 pro football event in the City of Angeles to get a sense of the buzz that surrounds the ideal of bringing a pro football team back to the area. The effort has picked up some steam as the recent “NFL’s 8th Annual NFL 101: Get Ready for Some Football” event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, indicate.

The yearly event serves a two-fold purpose. One is to bring more attention to the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, which is one of the event sponsors. The other goal, of course, is to make Los Angeles County the next destination for a Super Bowl. The festivities at the evening, turned out to be an opportunity to mingle with former and current NFL legends and scoop up some memorabilia, such as an autographed poster by “Blindside” star Quinton Aaron.

The gala event presented a Who’s Who in the NFL world former Baltimore Ravens coach and current television analyst Brian Billick, former New York Jets coach Herm Edwards, Football in America commentator and reporter Peter King and NBC Sports Reporter Andrea Kremer among panelists that that discussed the state of the NFL and the lingering theme of bringing pro football back to Los Angeles.

Current and former NFL players such as Greg Townsend (Oakland Raiders), Rod Martin (Oakland Raiders), Marcellus Wiley and Steve Smith (New York Giants) were on hand for the event.

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