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Wasserman gets NFL pitch on ‘Entourage’

Casey Wasserman’s July 25 appearance on HBO’s hit show “Entourage” had a familiar feel.

Wasserman (top center) heard
out Ari Gold on the HBO show.

Playing himself, Wasserman was part of a group of heavy hitters trying to bring the NFL to Los Angeles. The real-life heavy hitter was sitting in a conference room at the fictional Miller Gold Talent Agency, listening to co-founder Ari Gold make a pitch to have the group invest in his efforts to land an NFL franchise.

“If only bringing the NFL back to L.A. were as simple as standing in the front of a room saying, ‘Write me big checks, and we’ll have a team,’” Wasserman said with a laugh.

Wasserman said the series’ director contacted him a few months ago, telling him  he had been written into the script and inviting him to make a cameo.

“For my 15 seconds of fame, I was more than happy to do it and have my one line and a cameo in a show I love to watch,” Wasserman said.

As for Wasserman’s real-life attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, he said he is still working with the league. But he said the NFL is driving the process and he does not expect a quick resolution.

“The idea that we’re pursuing downtown is as compelling an idea as has ever been presented in L.A.,” he said. “This is not happening soon or quickly, but I believe it will happen and we’d like to be a part of it.”

— John Ourand

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