Marcus Allen: 'Oakland Raiders should return to Los Angeles'

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Former Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen says that he would like to see the Oakland Raiders return to LA.

Marcus Allen has said that he would like to see the Oakland Raiders return to Los Angeles in the future.

The AFC West side played in LA from 1982 until 1994 before returning to Oakland, but are believed to be planning to build a new stadium in the next few years.

The former Raiders running back told NBC Sports: "I'd rather see, I know people in Oakland won't like this, the team back in Los Angeles.

"I think it's a viable option. We can't have them back at the [LA] Coliseum, the Coliseum now is USC's home. But there's some locations there that I know I've talked to a few owners [about] and I know that they've liked. I can't divulge my sources though.

"I just think it's ripe right now, being the second-largest market and being the entertainment capital of the world, it's almost necessary to have a team there. And I think with the corporate support and the brand that has already been there, that's been established, that has a huge following, I think it'd be a no-brainer."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested this week that the Raiders could share the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013
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