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NFL Forms Official Los Angeles Consideration Committee

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has authorized an official committee to oversee the effort to place an NFL team in the second biggest market in the country.

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Process. Next steps. Procedure. Plan. This Los Angeles angle is playing out like a boring courtroom drama from the 1980s (hi, Matlock fans!).

Today, NFL Media's Albert Breer obtained a memo that was provided to the owners of each of the NFL's 32 clubs that outlines NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's intent to form a "Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities" that will look at the overarching effort, the environment for hosting a franchise, and ensuring that the process/next steps/procedure/plan moves forward in adherence with all the fine print.

The committee itself consists of six NFL owners: Clark Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs), Robert Kraft (New England Patriots), John Mara (New York Giants), Bob McNair (Houston Texans), Jerry Richardson (Carolina Panthers) and Art Rooney (Pittsburgh Steelers).

In short, Goodell's outsourcing the effort to (a) examine all the details and (b) take some ownership of the process to the owners themselves. He knows the decision to move a team to Los Angeles would take a three-fourths majority; getting that requires him to handoff the decision at some point. It behooves him, the league and its 32 owners to take at least a portion of the handoff sooner than the vote itself if they're all serious about getting a team into LA.

So if nothing else, this just signals the sincere intention of the league to get a team in LA, Rams or otherwise.