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LA committee backs bid for more time to lure NFL

This is AEG's rendering of what the Los Angeles Convention Center could look like after Farmers Field is built.
This is AEG's rendering of what the Los Angeles Convention Center could look like after Farmers Field is built.
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A Los Angeles committee is backing AEG's request for more time to lure a professional football team to Los Angeles.

The City Council's Economic Development Committee on Friday approved a six-month extension of an agreement with the developer to find an NFL team to play at a downtown stadium.

If the full council approves next week, AEG will have until April to find a team.

It's had no luck so far but Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that a team is "highly likely" to come to the city in the next year.

Speaking on KNX-AM radio, the mayor said he thinks the NFL is finally interested in LA again.

But if an NFL team doesn't come, Garcetti's office said in September that it's willing to proceed with a convention center-only plan. 

"AEG has brought the negotiations farther down field than ever before; we want to continue that momentum for a few months while at the same time, making sure that planning for a standalone convention center rebuild continues," said Yusef Robb, spokesman for Mayor Garcetti.  

The city hasn't had a pro team since the Raiders and the Rams left after the 1994 season.