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Los Angeles may have lost its bid to Chicago for the 2016 Olympics (not that they won, anyway), but two City Councilmembers would like to see the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup come here, should the U.S. be selected as the host country. 27 U.S. cities are considered potential host venues--the Rose Bowl in Pasadena was a venue in 1994--but that doesn't mean Los Angeles is a shoe-in.

Cities must soon submit a bid package to the USA committee. Today a council committee will consider a motion, which includes additionally being named as the International Broadcasting Centre. If chosen, that would mean some 9,000 media and staff descending upon the city to cover the games across the country.

For the city's tourism, it's an obvious boon. Just hosting the media center means an estimated $80 million direct impact to the local economy. If games are played here, one study suggests that host cities would see $400 million to $600 million "from the events, including the creation of 4,000 to 8,000 new jobs during the event," according to the motion.

The 2010 and 2014 World Cups will be hosted in South Africa and Brazil, respectively.

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