Report: NFL to L.A. deal '95 percent done'
The article also notes that NFL owners will meet Oct. 26-27 to determine a team location in southern California, with two sites (Coliseum and an area in Anaheim) competing for the yet-to-be-named team. The Coliseum is the clear frontrunner at this point.
Grounds for a new stadium near the Coliseum could be broken next year, with the facility operational by 2009. However, as reported earlier on this site, the Coliseum could begin hosting NFL games as early as next year.
It may be beneficial to have a team in Los Angeles in 2006, prior to the groundbreaking for a new stadium, so that the area can push its support behind a team it knows will house the new facility. Also, the new team's owners would probably need to have some input on the construction of the stadium.
Which all continues to fit within the very realistic possibility of Tom Benson utilizing the $81 million option to get out of the lease with Louisiana after the 2005 season and sell the team to Los Angeles investors for $1 billion.