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NBA Rumors: Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson Wants the NFL Back in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Earvin 'Magic' Johnson holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Chris FaigCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2010

The city of Los Angeles has wanted an NFL team to return and with the support of Magic Johnson, it now seems like a serious possibility.  

The 51-year-old NBA Hall of Famer told the Los Angeles Times that he "really, really wants the NFL to come back to L.A. Would I be interested? Of course, I will be interested. Have I talked to anybody? No. But I would do that in two seconds."

Johnson has also engaged in ownership talks with NBA teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons, although not much has come out of it.

Magic Johnson has recently sold his small ownership stake in the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Starbucks outlets he owned, which means he has plenty of money to spend.  

But how much you may ask?

Well, he sold his 4.5 percent stake in the Lakers for an estimated $27 million, along with his 105 Starbucks coffeehouse franchises for a reported $75 million. Now with an extra $102 million at his disposal, it is sure that Magic Johnson will buy ownership of some sports team in the near future.

Johnson also told the LA Times, "I'll be looking at every opportunity because I'm a businessman and that's what I do. I look at deals every day."

Los Angeles has been deprived of an NFL team since after the 1994 season, when the Rams and Raiders left.

Now with Magic Johnson's passionate support, it is highly likely L.A. will see an NFL team in the near future.

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