Former Disney chief Michael Eisner helping shape deal to bring NFL to downtown Los Angeles

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When Michael Eisner was chief executive at The Walt Disney Co., the entertainment giant founded the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and owned the Los Angeles Angels.

Now he's acting as an unofficial, unpaid adviser to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, helping shape a deal that could potentially bring an NFL team to a downtown stadium.

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The Hollywood dealmaker has been working behind the scenes to keep the talks going, and he says he's in touch with the NFL all the time.

A decision about a Los Angeles stadium is expected in the coming months.

Several teams that can exit their leases are considered possible transplants: the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.

Eisner says a stadium would help continue a rebirth of the city's downtown core.