For the past two years, the word around Los Angeles was that with billionaire Phil Anschutz involved, the NFL was sure to return in no time flat.
On Wednesday, the word around L.A. was that with Anschutz, viewed as a roadblock by some, planning to sell Anschutz Entertainment Group, the chances of the NFL returning immediately improved.
Fact is, with the L.A. City Council set to approve an environmental impact report later this month on a downtown stadium that AEG was supposed to build, this bit of news clouds the situation once again.
The NFL badly wanted Anschutz to be part of the deal, whether he just built the downtown stadium or bought the team. The reason is simple: Anschutz is worth an estimated $7 billion, although some people in the NFL think that estimate is drastically low.
How badly did the league want Anschutz? In December, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with AnschutzRead More »from Potential sale of AEG further clouds NFL's possible return to Los Angeles