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Arnie wants NFL teams back in the Los Angeles area


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Tuesday he wants the National Football League to return to the Los Angeles area -- with two teams.

After meeting with a group of club owners from the pro gridiron league, Schwarzenegger said he was there to make sure ``we're getting not only one NFL team to the Los Angeles area, Southern California, but to actually get two teams. That's why I came. Why limit it?''

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and a committee of 11 owners met to hear proposals from Los Angeles and the suburban city of Anaheim to the south. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle were there to make separate presentations but joined the governor for a joint session.

"There is enough room and enough audience to have two teams," Schwarzenegger said.

LA has been without an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams both left after the 1994 season.

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