Magic Johnson talked about wanting to be involved in any of the NFL’s plans to return a team to Los Angeles, according to Jarrett Bell of USA Today:
Johnson – who has ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers, the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks and a new professional soccer team, the Los Angeles Football Club – said he hasn’t been contacted about a role by anyone with an NFL connection but is open-minded regarding the prospects.
“We helped the Dodgers rebound,” Johnson said during a visit to ESPN headquarters. “We’re No. 1 in attendance in baseball; we’ve been that for the last two years. So we know how to take a franchise, elevate it and also sell it to the fans in Los Angeles.
“That’s going to be important to whoever the owner is, to make sure they have someone locally to sell the team to the local market.”
Johnson told Bell that even if he’s not an owner, he would still support the team:
“Even if I’m not involved, I just want the suite,” he said. “Seriously, I’m going to be the first one in line to get a suite. So whoever’s coming, even if I’m not a part of it, I’m going to buy my suite and I’m going to be there, just like I was at Raiders games and Rams games. If it’s the Raiders, the Rams, the Chargers – I don’t care who it is – I’m going to be there because I love the NFL and I love football.”