SBJ/October 15-21, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

L.A. is MIA from agenda for NFL owners meeting

NFL owners meet in Chicago on Tuesday, and perhaps what is most notable about the one-day meeting is what is not on the agenda: Los Angeles.

With all the talk in recent months about returning football to Los Angeles, there is no scheduled update, though the league could put it on the agenda at the last moment.

The for-sale sign on AEG, the company behind the downtown Los Angeles football stadium proposal, and word that teams that want to relocate to Los Angeles need to notify the league in the first six weeks of 2013, stirred talk that the issue might be returning to the forefront of the league’s priorities. The Raiders and Rams left Los Angeles after the 1994 season.

But an agenda that lists up to a dozen items does not include Los Angeles, sources said.

Issues that are on the agenda include a review of the replacement referees; an update on the bid process for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls; discussion of the NFL’s London games; and approvals of team transactions, like the sale of the Cleveland Browns.

— Daniel Kaplan

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