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Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Calls Leiweke Departure A Setback For NFL In L.A.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the fact that former AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke is no longer involved in the push to bring the NFL back to L.A. is “definitely a setback," according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. TIMES. Carroll: “He’s been an extraordinary factor in this, and he’s been iconic in L.A. So where he settles will be really fascinating to see. I think the emphasis and heart and soul he put into bringing the NFL to L.A. will be definitely missed. He was so into it.” He added, “If somebody wants to try to figure out how to get an NFL team in L.A., they’d better talk to Tim, because he knows the ins and outs better than anybody.” Farmer noted Carroll and Leiweke are “longtime friends, and it was Tim’s brother, Tod, former president of the Seahawks, who hired Carroll in Seattle.” Carroll said, “I think (Tim Leiweke’s departure) is definitely a setback in the process.” But Carroll conceded that there is “little apparent urgency on the league’s behalf to return to the nation’s second largest market" (, 3/20).
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