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NFL probably won’t be returning to Anaheim

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Angels Stadium doesn’t appear to be an option to serve as temporary host for an NFL team in Los Angeles.

According to the Orange County Register, Angels officials said that scheduling conflicts between Major League Baseball games and NFL contests in September and October make it unlikely that they will submit a proposal to the NFL for the Anaheim, Calif., stadium to be a temporary home to a relocating team.

Angels Stadium was home to the Los Angeles Rams from 1980 to 1994 when they moved to St. Louis.

Earlier this month, the Rose Bowl stadium operations team unanimously voted to block any short-term rental by NFL teams looking to relocate to Los Angeles in 2016.

If Angels Stadium is out, that leaves the Los Angeles Coliseum and Dodger Stadium as the best options for teams who could play in Los Angeles next season if their own market fails to produce a viable stadium option.

The candidates include the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. All three franchises are seeking stadium solutions in their current home market.

Under the lease to USC, the Coliseum can be used for only one NFL team unless a change is made to the agreement.

NFL officials have contacted several stadiums in California asking them to submit temporary host bids to the league by Aug. 5.

Another stadium option could be the StubHub Center, located in Carson, Calif., which currently has 27,000 seats. It is the home stadium for the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which runs the facility, has not yet decided whether to submit a proposal, according to the newspaper.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s proposed stadium in Inglewood, Calif., could be completed by 2018. No other project is expected to be done before that, meaning the 2016 and 2017 seasons would be played by a potential relocated franchise in another venue,

The Chargers and Raiders have joined forces and proposed in February building a $1.7 billion NFL stadium in Carson.

NFL owners added a special meeting set for Aug. 11 in Chicago to discuss potential plans for relocating a team or teams to Los Angeles in 2016.


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