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Old 09-28-2012, 07:34 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 07-30-2013, 07:59 PM   #241
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And throughout the Colts move...Jacksonville was the leader and it was an all but done deal then Irsay changed his mind at the last minute and moved to Indy. Another reason when Weaver came up with a strong offer and none of the other dramas the NFL felt they owed Jax a shot because of Irsay.
Not to mention before that Baltimore was the front runner to move to Tampa Bay before expansion happened.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:14 PM   #242
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #243
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Watching the Cards/Dodgers game tonight, made me think of something. Has there been any talks of building a Dodgers a new stadium next to Staples Center and use Dodger Stadium land for a NFL stadium? With all of the parking lots there, it just screams football stadium.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:10 AM   #244
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This makes the NFL money, but I hate this idea.

If you're going to put a team in LA, make it the Raiders. Otherwise, we don't need another damn football market with a fanbase that doesn't give a shit about their football team.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:10 AM   #245
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Kroenke buys 60 acres in L.A. Looks like good bye St. Louis...

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Old 01-31-2014, 02:44 AM   #246
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I think L.A would give a shit butwhere the raiders played was a bad stadium for football. Fans are to far from the field.

We will see if they get a new team. We do know no one gives a shit about the jags or rams
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:21 AM   #247
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:29 AM   #248
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There will be another team there. Raiders would be best.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:32 AM   #249
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No way in hell it will be the Raiders.


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Old 01-31-2014, 07:35 AM   #250
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You can't put the Raiders there. Kids in Los Angeles will never be able to wear anything with the logo on it.

You also can't put it on Dodger Stadium, because **** you, that's why.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:44 AM   #251
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:15 AM   #252
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Add a team... It won't happen but it's always exciting adding a team to a league.
I can't wait for the day when I read one of your posts that isn't completely overflowing with stupid.

Of course it won't happen...because like you...it's stupid. What conference/division are you going to completely screw up by putting that team in it?

And exciting? For who? The teams that are going to get shafted by having byes in the first and last few weeks of the season now that we have an odd number of teams in the league again? We already went through that when the shitstain of the NFL was brought back in 1999. Or the fans who get to watch an even more watered down league that doesn't have enough good players to go around as it is?

Good ****ing lord, log off and go back to school.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:16 AM   #253
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:29 AM   #254
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Kroenke buys 60 acres in L.A. Looks like good bye St. Louis...
St. Louis does not care about football. I can count on two hands the number of times I've seen people wearing Rams gear in St. Louis or on the college campuses in Missouri I've visited. In fact, thinking about it, I could probably do it on one.

Young St. Louisans are much more attached to the Blues. I see sweaters and caps with the Blue Note every day, even before they hired Hitchcock and became a Stanley Cup contender. I don't even have to point out their pathological obsession with Cardinals baseball.

St. Louis isn't a football town, and never was. There's no shame in that - in fact, when the Rams do leave, they're going to be second in line behind Seattle for a NBA franchise.
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