Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s passion is not just film, but sports. He had a hand in founding the NHL’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and was owner of the Los Angeles Angels.
In an effort to revitalize LA’s downtown and to foster another sports project, Eisner is talking to Mayor Eric Garcetti about bringing and NFL team to Los Angeles, as reported by Fox News. While Garcetti, who says no public funds will be used for the project, has made noises that the plan could be approved by next year, according to app.com, Eisner is more cautious; “It’s not my decision. At the end of the day, it is not the mayor’s decision. The owners decide.”
There are going to be a few hurdles on the way to building a stadium and bringing in a team. The possibility of LA having an NFL team for the first time in two decades depends on Anschutz Entertainment, which owns NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the Staples stadium, housing Clippers and Lakers games. Anschutz needs approval from NFL owners, and if this happens, construction of a stadium could begin in April. However, another problem could arise from stadiums outside of the center of LA that are currently being proposed.
There is speculation that, if there is a green light for an NFL team, the San Diego Chargers, the St. Louis Rams or the Oakland Raiders could relocate to LA.
“I’m a Disney guy, ” said Eisner, “I’m looking for the end of the movie to be happy.”