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Sorry Football Fans: No NFL Team Coming to L.A. For at Least Another Year

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The goal of building a National Football League stadium in the heart of Downtown L.A. remains a lofty ambition today, as a key deadline in getting the city a team is about to pass.

In order to get the proposed Farmer's Field stadium built adjacent to L.A. Live, an NFL team needs to be signed up to play in L.A. for several years. The problem: No team wants to move here. And today, February 15, "is the mandated league deadline for teams to file for relocation next season," notes ABC7.

No team. No stadium.

The outlook has been grim for sometime, and developers have been aware of the city's predicament. At the close of 2012, Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group said he didn't know of any teams planning a move to L.A. in 2013. In fact, at that time--and now--"no franchise has yet to indicate serious interest in relocating here," according to the Daily News.

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The stadium even has the approval of the L.A. City Council. No matter, though.

L.A. hasn't had a football team since 1995.