L.A. May Be Back in NFL Future

Just when it looked like the NFL was going to remain dead in Los Angeles, VU has been told the city is having a change of heart.

A couple of weeks ago, nervous Vikings fans breathed a sigh of relief when it was reported that the Anschutz Entertainment Group, investors led by a Denver billionaire, were scrapping plans to build a stadium in Los Angeles, citing political in-fighting and threats of litigation from the operators of the L.A. Coliseum as the primary reasons for stepping back from a potentially bad investment deal.

Well, now the backlash has started. VU was told Saturday that the L.A. City Council has bowed to public sentiment from some of the movers and shakers in L.A. to get the NFL back on the radar screen and a plan to rethink the council's policy and has council members humming a different tune now.

On Friday, the Los Angeles City Council, by a 9-1 vote, approved forming a committee to examine stadium options in the city. While no concrete decisions have been made and the wheels of government often grind slowly, the process has begun.

Getting anything accomplished won't come without a price. Aside from the potential of getting several offers or opportunities for stadium sites real and imagined, as well as requirements for public hearings that could change the minds of some of the politically motivated council members -- this is an election year after all -- don't be surprised if the NFL and a stadium issue becomes a hot election-year topic -- just as it has in Minnesota for the better or the worse.

* In the Denny Green resume file comes this. When the Atlanta Falcons had an opening for the team's director of football operations position, the Falcons requested a chance to speak to Vikings VP Mike Kelly -- a request the Vikings opted not to allow. So guess who got the job? Ray Anderson. Who's Ray Anderson? Denny Green's agent. You know, Dan Reeves isn't getting any younger and has a history of bad heart health. Denny may be back in the NFL sooner than expected and not necessarily on the West Coast. Let the conspiracy theories begin.
* Orlando Thomas is getting closer to signing a deal with the New Orleans Saints. If signed, it would only be a one-year deal for veteran minimum, but, after meeting with the Saints early last week, he's been asked to come back to take a physical Monday. If all checks out, he could be signed this week.

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