NFL@L.A.: Magic Johnson

NFL@LA Four Corners

November, 11, 2011
11/11/11
3:35
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Each Friday we will update you on the four NFL teams most likely move to Los Angeles; ranking them in order of the likeliest to call L.A. home within the next few years.

1. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-5)

Last week: The preseason Super Bowl match-up some had predicted in the preseason between the Chargers and the Green Bay Packers lived up to expectations with Green Bay winning a thrilling 45-38 shootout in the rain. Unfortunately for Chargers fans, Philip Rivers has yet to live up to expectations this season. He threw three interceptions in the game, including one on the game’s final drive to tie and send it into overtime. Two of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns and the third almost was returned for a touchdown as well before Packers safety Charlie Peprah was pushed out at the six-yard line to end the game.

This week: The Chargers' fall for grace continued Thursday night as San Diego lost its fourth game in a row, this time to Oakland Raiders at home, 24-17. The nationally televised game was for first place in the AFC West and once again Rivers failed to step up to the occasion, throwing an interception and fumbling the ball on San Diego’s last two drives attempting to tie the game.

L.A. Story: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders on Thursday before the game to discuss where the city is with the Chargers’ plans for a new downtown stadium. The league would like the Chargers to remain in San Diego but Goodell admitted Qualcomm Stadium, in addition to the stadiums in San Francisco and Oakland, need to be drastically renovated or completely replaced for the teams to be financially competitive. “The three stadiums in California certainly are not up to the standards we’re seeing in the rest of the NFL or, frankly, other sports,” he said. “[Stadiums] are expensive projects. They take a public and private partnership and the players have recognized that and are contributing to that.”Asked about the prospect of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles, Goodell took the same stance the league always takes when L.A. comes up. “Until there's an appropriate solution in Los Angeles,” he said. “There won’t be a team there.”

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Magic Johnson reaffirms interest in NFL

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
6:34
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Magic JohnsonKevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesMagic Johnson, right, shown with Oscar De La Hoya and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, reaffirmed his commitment to the NFL in L.A.
Magic Johnson is ready for some football.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend, on Monday, reaffirmed his involvement and commitment to Farmers Field, Anschutz Entertainment Group's $1.2 billion proposed football stadium in downtown Los Angeles that cleared a major legislative hurdle last week when the California State Senate passed a bill to expedite legal challenges to the project.

Johnson, who has been among the project's most high-profile supporters, said he will be part of the ownership group that solicits a team to move to Los Angeles and play in the stadium.

"I'm going to be part of that [ownership] group. I am a part of it. We just have to see what happens once we get going," Johnson told ESPNLosAngeles.com at an event to announce his involvement in a nationwide alternative education program to help students who are at risk of dropping out of school.

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Philip Rivers
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570 379 4286 31
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
B. Oliver 160 582 3.6 3
R. Mathews 74 330 4.5 3
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M. Floyd 52 856 16.5 6
A. Gates 69 821 11.9 12