Al Michaels doesn’t think one team is right for Los Angeles.
The popular broadcaster believes two teams is the best fit for the city, an idea that has popped up before.
Two clubs could share one stadium – perhaps one the NFL is invested in building – and therefore football would be played there every weekend during the season. It would ensure revenue was coming in every weekend. It would also put Los Angeles back on the map as a destination for Super Bowls.
“There's no question in my mind that if a stadium gets built, they'll start with one team but get another team,” Michaels told the Los Angeles Times, according to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “The league may not come out and say this overtly, but where would you rather play a Super Bowl than Los Angeles? It's a great sports town, it's always been a great sports town. People denigrate it because people leave a Dodger game early. Does that mean you're not a great sports fan?”
Of course, Los Angeles is often criticized for being the exact opposite of that. Some believe it is a poor sports town.
“It's a great sports town,” Michaels countered. “What really bothers me is that when I see it written that L.A. won't support professional football because everybody is off surfing. So let me get this straight: In Southern California there's like 15 million people or something, and they're all out surfing, on a Sunday? When they say you won't have enough support, I say excuse me, so you can't sell 75,000 tickets on a Sunday? Of course you can.”
Of course, Los Angeles was home to two NFL teams previously.
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