NFL owners showing no signs of interest in moving to L.A.

The period between January 1 and February 15 is when owners normally indicate their plans to sell or relocate their franchises - a key six-week stretch for any team moving to L.A. But Anschutz Entertainment Group's Tim Leiweke, who hopes to build a downtown football stadium, tells the Daily News that no one has come forward so far. One reason, he says, could be the possible sale of AEG. "What I would guess ... is that there is no club currently that's going to file for a transfer simply because they are waiting to see what happens with our ownership situation," Leiweke said. After AEG was put up for sale last fall, there's been little news on the bidding process, though Leiweke says that a deal could happen soon. From the Daily News:

Leiweke said Monday "a short list" of buyers has been narrowed down for AEG, a global company that owns Staples Center, the L.A. Kings and dozens of other music and sports properties. The company, which is expected to fetch more than $6 billion, was listed for sale by Anschutz Co. in September. "There are about a dozen individuals or companies that are now in the next stage," Leiweke said, declining to detail who was on the list or bid prices. Leiweke said he believes that if the company is sold, it could happen as soon as first quarter of 2013. "We need to finish this last piece, which is an ownership group committed to the deal that we have outlined, and committing financially to building Farmers Field, and I think that it's going to happen."

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