The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid group announced two vice chairs joining the team on Wednesday. In addition to labor organizer Maria Elena Durazo, the one and only Magic Johnson was appointed to the position, as the group looks to bring the Summer Olympics back to LA.
Among his many interests, Johnson is a co-owner of MLS expansion team LAFC, and perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, the LA 2024 Olympic bid group's bid book touted LAFC's soccer-specific stadium as a proposed aquatics venue for the Olympics, one which would require a massive conversion from soccer venue to swimming and diving center and one in which the MLS team would be evicted from its home if it was converted, likely for at least a year.
Of course, the bid book itself said no agreement was in place, and my sources recently told me it's not in LAFC's plans. That doesn't mean it couldn't happen, just that it isn't the plan.
So will Johnson's involvement play a role in LAFC getting involved in the Olympics, if they are ultimately awarded to Los Angeles? Stay tuned on that front, as it may or may not. The hosting city will be determined in 2017, but expect more announcements, news and buzz about the bid in the meantime.
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