No NFL mania in L.A.

By Bret Lewis, KFWB sports anchor
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Bret Lewis

Bret Lewis

Southern California. Now going on 16 years without an NFL team. The number two TV market in the country. Still waiting.

To the outsider, it’s impossible to fathom. But there are two main reasons we are still on hold.

In other big cities the suburbs consider themselves a part of that city. They’ll pitch in to help build a stadium, get a team, even if it’s not in their area. But not L.A. Carson does not consider itself Los Angeles. Certainly not Long Beach. The civic cooperation found in other metropolitan areas doesn’t exist here. What Dorothy Parker said over half a century ago still holds true: “Los Angeles: 72 suburbs in search of a city.”

Second, most people here are from somewhere else and have a favorite NFL team. And with the TV packages, home town papers and fan sites on the Internet, you can immerse yourself into your team wherever you live. There simply is not a huge groundswell here to get a team.

The big money people will keep trying. But the rank and file haven’t signed up yet.

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