So do you miss a professional football team in Los Angeles?
Who could forget the rough-and-tumble Los Angeles Raiders with Al Davis, Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson? That team stayed in L.A. from 1982-1994 and walked away with its third National Football League title with a resounding 38-9 victory over the Washington Redskins in the 1983 season.
And how about the Los Angeles Rams with such stars as Eric Dickerson and Jim Everett?
The Rams left for St. Louis before the 1995 season while the Raiders headed back to Oakland.
For many local sports enthusiasts, the loss of those two professional teams stings.
But Los Angeles will be showcasing a new professional team this month – with thanks to Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul.
Paul is one of the celebrity owners for the inaugural season of the Professional Bowlers Assn.’s PBA League. He's the owner of the Los Angeles team whose franchise player will be five-time PBA champion Jason Belmonte of Australia.
There will be eight teams in the league and play will begin Jan. 19 at Detroit’s Thunderbowl Lanes.
“This is exciting for me and for the sport of bowling,” Paul told PBA.com. “I love PBA action, have enjoyed getting to know many of the top bowlers and look forward to my team competing for the first PBA League Elias Cup.”
For the last four years, Paul has played host to the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational charity bowling event on ESPN that benefits his CP3 Foundation. He is an avid bowler.
Each team in the pro bowling league will be stocked with five PBA players.
ESPN will televise five weeks of league competition beginning Jan. 27 and will broadcast the Elias Cup finals April 7.
Other celebrity owners include tennis Hall-of-Famer Billie Jean King and former NFL stars Jerome Bettis and Terrell Owens.