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Los Angeles emerges as Super Bowl contender in 2020

Los Angeles has emerged as a contender to once again host the Super Bowl.

The NFL announced Wednesday that L.A. is eligible as a potential Super Bowl LIV host site in 2020 if there is a stadium and a team has moved there by the start of the 2018 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that based on league rules and stadium plans, if Los Angeles hosted Super Bowl LIV, it could only be the held in the Inglewood stadium.

It's just the latest indicator of how serious the NFL is about bringing the sport back to Los Angeles, which has been without a team since the Rams and Raiders both left town after the 1994 season. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that momentum continues to build toward the league returning to the L.A. market in 2016, according to multiple involved parties. The Rams, Raiders and Chargers are linked to new stadium projects in the city.

Los Angeles has hosted seven Super Bowls. Five have been played at the Rose Bowl and two at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, including Super Bowl I in 1967. The Super Bowl hasn't been hosted by the L.A. metropolitan area since 1993.

Rapoport reported from the Spring League Meeting on Tuesday that the NFL has selected Miami, Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Atlanta as finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls. All four cities' bids will go before the owners for a vote next May. The next three Super Bowls will be held in Santa Clara, California, Houston and Minneapolis.

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