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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 07-25-2013, 03:26 PM   #181
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What do you think happens to the Raiders, Dane?
I have no idea. They want a new $800 million dollar facility in Oakland but the city doesn't have that kind of money. The Oakland Coliseum is a complete dump. There was talk of the 49ers sharing their new stadium with the Raiders but that's died down recently.

The A's have been trying to move to San Jose for years. That city is building a state of the art baseball stadium for them but either the Giants have to rescind their rights to SJ, or 23 of the 30 owners must approve the move.

All I know is that Oakland is no longer capable of supporting a major league franchise of any kind. That city is a mess.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:58 PM   #182
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:34 PM   #183
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #184
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I hate Los Angeles, I really do, but it is an absolute travesty there is no NFL team there.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:03 PM   #185
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:17 PM   #186
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This.

Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Dodgers, not to mention the Angels, Ducks and Galaxy.

There's plenty to do, sports-wise, without an NFL team. But I'd take it if they set up shop downtown.

Otherwise, meh.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:45 PM   #187
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:36 PM   #188
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Move the Rams back to LA.

Take the Cardinals name and give it back to St. Louis and give them a new team. Arizona Cardinals just makes no sense, but then again the Detroit Lions doesn't either but whatever.

Name Arizona's team after a snake or something.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:52 PM   #189
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:04 PM   #190
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Jaguars would be the logical choice, but the team that makes the most sense would be the Raiders. If they would sell the team, you are looking at a Dallas Cowboys type money making machine if they would move back to LA. Chargers are #3 and most likely IMO to move though.
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they are ready made for hollywood,
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #193
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:17 AM   #194
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Take it for what it's worth but this is what I was told tonight:

Everything has been approved by the city and AEG has a green light to build the stadium, renovate the LA Convention Center and so on. The NFL LOVES the plan. Anschutz backed off his demand of 51% ownership to 49% and has offered to purchase the Chargers on several occasions. Each time, the Spanos family has rejected the pursuit.

Surprisingly, the firing of Leiweke was meant to hasten a deal for another NFL team, not put up a blockade. I didn't get the particulars but apparently Anschutz felt like Leiweke was the reason it wasn't happening and fired him.

Also, according to my friend, the NFL has no interest whatsoever in the City of Industry. It's all about DTLA, AEG and finding an owner that's willing to give up 49%, at minimum, in the team itself.

And *maybe* (wink, wink) Jerry Jones' recent comments were alluding to the fact that they've found a team willing to do so.

And once again, please take it FWIW. Rumors are always rumors until proven as fact.
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:30 AM   #195
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