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Old 09-28-2012, 08:34 PM  
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Los Angeles City Council approves NFL Stadium

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles took a major step Friday toward building a downtown stadium to lure an NFL team back to the nation's second most populous city, despite questions about how a 72,000-seat venue in the city's urban core would impact notorious freeway traffic, nearby housing prices and air quality.


The 12-0 vote by City Council came after starkly contrasting predictions about what the $1.5 billion project would mean for an economically troubled city that has fretted over the loss of professional football since the Raiders and Rams fled Southern California in 1994.

Supporters said the deal with developer Anschutz Entertainment Group would create thousands of jobs, a hub of civic pride and new tax dollars for cash-starved City Hall, while critics warned that affordable housing would vanish in the neighborhood while traffic would come to a virtual standstill on game days.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement after the vote that it demonstrates "what we can accomplish when the city family joins together with private partners in a transformational development."

"This is truly a game changer for Los Angeles," Villaraigosa said.

The vote was overshadowed by the recent announcement that AEG was seeking a new owner, though company officials have assured City Hall the stadium plan will remain the same, even if the company changes hands.

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The biggest question about the stadium is the most obvious: There's no one to play in it. But the Democratic mayor and other supporters hope the agreement will eventually attract a team - or two - to one of the nation's most lucrative media markets.

AEG, also the owner of Los Angeles' Staples Center arena and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, has deep ties to City Hall. Any deal to buy the company, a subsidiary of Denver-based Anschutz Co., would mean a major shift in sports and entertainment in the region and around the world.

AEG's holdings include pro soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, part-ownership of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, and major entertainment and real estate holdings in downtown Los Angeles. Outside the city, AEG owns Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo and all or part of several arenas around the U.S. and in Sweden, China and Australia.

The project, which calls for the renovation of an adjacent convention center, is facing a lawsuit filed by anti-poverty and environmental activists that some predict could delay or derail plans for the stadium, known as Farmers Field. The activist group, Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition, is challenging a state law intended to help swiftly resolve legal challenges to the stadium, and it also wants AEG to pay $60 million toward affordable housing in the long-struggling downtown neighborhood.

There are some risky assumptions. In a city where everyone drives, planners predict many fans will leave their vehicles at home and travel to the stadium by bus or rail.

A rival group, Majestic Realty, has proposed building a stadium in the City of Industry, outside Los Angeles.

AEG is hoping to have an NFL team on the field by the 2017 season. The company has pledged about $35 million to reduce traffic problems.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #61
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3rd time's a charm? or 4th? or whatever it is.

How many teams have moved out of LA? they can't even keep a team.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:15 PM   #62
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no, I stated FACTS.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:52 PM   #63
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They really do need to back off of this two teams to LA thing. They haven't even proved they can keep 1 yet.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #64
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Would be sweet to see a new team added to the NFL.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #65
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no, I stated FACTS.


Dumbassery at its finest right here, folks.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:29 PM   #66
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They really do need to back off of this two teams to LA thing. They haven't even proved they can keep 1 yet.
Oh, JFC.

How about the Rams. 25 years of sellouts before that raging ****ress murderer moved them to Anaheim?
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:29 PM   #67
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Raiders will have some sort of legal action before the end of next week.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:33 PM   #68
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Raiders will have some sort of legal action before the end of next week.
Goodell won't allow them to move. He's already stated it publicly. Plus, Mark Davis isn't his Dad.

If the Raiders go anywhere, it'll be to Santa Clara to share a stadium with the 49ers.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #69
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The facts about LA not supporting a football team are pretty ****ing stupid. LA had the Rams for 48 years. Chiefs are celebrating 50 in KC this year. Just let that sink it for a second. The trouble in Los Angeles was a stadium since the Coliseum and Rose Bowl are too large for normal NFL games and lack suites. Not to mention crappy ownership. Los Angeles supported the Rams well for many years.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:18 PM   #70
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The facts about LA not supporting a football team are pretty ****ing stupid. LA had the Rams for 48 years. Chiefs are celebrating 50 in KC this year. Just let that sink it for a second. The trouble in Los Angeles was a stadium since the Coliseum and Rose Bowl are too large for normal NFL games and lack suites. Not to mention crappy ownership. Los Angeles supported the Rams well for many years.
The real story, which many people don't know, is the Irsay, Sr owned the Rams and swapped them for the Colts in 1972. The new Rams owner, Carol Rosenbloom, married a stripper named Georgia Frontiere, who likely murdered him years later.

She moved the team to Anaheim because they offered her a sweetheart deal. After she ran the team into the ground during the late 90's, mostly due to incredible mismanagement of the front office in the aftermath of the Dickerson trade.

St. Louis came calling because they screwed up their ownership group during the last league expansion phase (which went to Jacksonville), gave her a sweetheart deal and now, they're looking to opt out again.

Blame the organization, not the city.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:18 PM   #71
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Dumbassery at its finest right here, folks.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:21 PM   #72
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You were like 7 years old when the Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles.

Would you like to explain to us why each team left? I already explained the Rams, but go ahead and let us know the real reason the Raiders left.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:32 PM   #73
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You were like 7 years old when the Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles.

Would you like to explain to us why each team left? I already explained the Rams, but go ahead and let us know the real reason the Raiders left.

Thanks in advance.
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Why the **** aren't you out partying? JFC, when I was your age, I didn't get home before 4am. Hell, I'd be out now if I had a sitter.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:36 PM   #75
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I think what they should do is put a CFL team in LA. Keep the NFL out of LA.
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