SBD/Issue 91/Franchises

Carmen Policy Eyes Possible Involvement In NFL’s L.A. Return

Carmen Policy Considering
Involvement In NFL’s L.A. Situation

Former 49ers & Browns President Carmen Policy is “hoping to return to the NFL in an effort to put a team in [L.A.],” but he said that “neither the league nor anyone in the [L.A.] political structure has approached him,” according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. TIMES. Policy: “The only way I’ll get involved in anything that has to do with the NFL in California is if the league thinks it’s the right thing to do, and I can be a contributor.” Policy last year arranged a dinner at the home of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — who has “explored buying an NFL franchise to play in Southern California” — that included NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and NFL COO Roger Goodell. Policy said setting up the dinner, is “something I’d do for any credible person in the same situation. I have no understanding, implied or expressed, with anyone. Nor has anyone promised me anything.” But Policy said he and AFL Avengers Owner Casey Wasserman, with whom he has spoken over the last few years about bringing a team to L.A., are “not only on the same page ‘but on the same paragraph’” in their desire to have an NFL team in the market (L.A. TIMES, 2/1).

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