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Rumors surface of another L.A. stadium project

Though we’ve been spending more time than usual pretending to be real journalists lately, we’re still not above passing along an unsubstantiated rumor or two.

And this one actually isn’t completely unsubstantiated. 

We’re hearing that Tim Leiweke and Anschutz Entertainment Group have been working on a possible downtown Los Angeles football stadium. 

Though it’s way too early to know whether the venue would have any viability, it likely would provide a preferred alternative to Ed Roski’s proposed stadium in Industry, California.

Then there’s the relatively minor issue of, you know, having a team to play there.  Possible candidates include the Jaguars, Chargers, Rams, Raiders, 49ers, and Vikings.

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51 Responses to “Rumors surface of another L.A. stadium project”
  1. Demetrius82 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:56 PM

    I love how this is a “possibility for the Jags” when WW made it CLEAR we are not for sale, yet we are still a “possibility” .

  2. Jabroni says: Apr 15, 2010 10:00 PM

    let the vikings jokes commence, Fckin losers

  3. this class sucks says: Apr 15, 2010 10:03 PM

    “Though we’ve been spending more time than usual pretending to be real journalists lately”
    Hahahahahahahahahahaha are you joking? If anything you have been way worse since…well you have always been awful.

  4. buzzbissinger says: Apr 15, 2010 10:05 PM

    FOR THE LAST F@#$ING TIME, IT’S “CITY OF INDUSTRY”

  5. The Wishbone says: Apr 15, 2010 10:11 PM

    Hell yeah! Get that stadium up here! There’s no point in having it in Industry, you might as well put it in San F. Diego.
    I don’t care who they get, either, even if it’s the Bills. Come on down, Buddy Nix! Just leave Chan Gailey in Buffalo.

  6. sethb22 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:13 PM

    MIKE MAYOCK PUNKED JASON LA CANFORA SO HARD ON THE AIR… WHERE IS YOUR STORY THIS IS PFT!!!!!!!

  7. rjgreen3 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:22 PM

    Rams to St. Louis “See Ya!”

  8. hsf09 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:24 PM

    California doesn’t need any more sports teams. I swear, it seems like each pro league has 2 or 3 teams located in Cali. Let’s take a look…
    NFL:
    Oakland Raiders
    San Diego Chargers
    San Francisco 49ers
    NBA:
    Sacramento Kings
    Los Angeles Lakers
    Los Angeles Clippers
    Golden State Warriors
    NHL:
    San Jose Sharks
    Los Angeles Kings
    Anaheim Ducks
    MLS:
    C.D. Chivas USA
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Did I miss any league or team? No more!! : )

  9. trademcscab says: Apr 15, 2010 10:34 PM

    the jags should go noone cares about them in jax anyway…..plus i dont wanna see the chargers move from sd i just moved here

  10. Calgaryhawk says: Apr 15, 2010 10:43 PM

    MLB:
    San Francisco Giants
    Oakland A’s
    The Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim (still don’t understand that one)
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    San Diego Padres
    5 MLB teams is more than any one state should have.

  11. DJSlyBri says: Apr 15, 2010 10:46 PM

    I have discovered the leaker for this story. A Mr. Wilf in Minneapolis.

  12. seals says: Apr 15, 2010 10:50 PM

    hsfo9 – Well Said
    They also have the ocean and pot stores. Cali needs to learn to share.
    Purple never leave MSP

  13. Madisonman24 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:51 PM

    To hsf09:
    Perhaps we need to mention MLB:
    LA Dodgers
    LA Angels of Anaheim
    SD Padres
    Oakland A’s
    SF Giants

  14. Buckster222 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:51 PM

    The Raiders should move back to Los Angeles, because it’s a natural fit. If the Chargers moved to L.A. there would be 80,000 Raider fans! I really hope the NFL sees this and act quickly.

  15. gatorkevin says: Apr 15, 2010 10:54 PM

    Demetrius82, I’m a huge Jaguar fan — have been since we got the team. But it’s hard not to acknowledge that there’s a real risk of the city losing the team. They’re making the push for this season, and if every game is blacked out again then nobody — especially us Jags’ fans — will have any grounds upon which to say “how did this happen?”

  16. Bearing Down says: Apr 15, 2010 11:00 PM

    The Chargers and 49ers?

  17. CYGNUS X-1 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:03 PM

    that’s fantastic news, spend a ton of money on a state of the art stadium that nobody will go to just like the last 2 teams they had in la.

  18. tryfuhl says: Apr 15, 2010 11:17 PM

    Yeah you kind of left out the MLB.

  19. Brewster says: Apr 15, 2010 11:17 PM

    hsf09 says: April 15, 2010 10:24 PM
    California doesn’t need any more sports teams. I swear, it seems like each pro league has 2 or 3 teams located in Cali. Let’s take a look…
    _______________
    Well since California has about 10% of the population of the entire US mostly centered in three areas, San Diego, LA and SF-Sacto the numbers of Pro franchises you show is about correct. 10% of the population 10% of the franchises per league. You think Detroit, St. Louis, KC, Denver or Chicago need another NFL team before LA gets one?

  20. Brewster says: Apr 15, 2010 11:23 PM

    Anschutz?
    Another Denver business connection along with Kroenke.
    Interesting.

  21. G MACK says: Apr 15, 2010 11:36 PM

    the LOS ANGELES LIONS has a nice ring to it…..let hope, even tho they have sucked, there on the right path with the pieces they got now, and LA wont let this team suck for too long, and the colors match the dodgers(somewhat), but keep the same logo..
    hey i can dream right, f all of you if you hate

  22. Johnnyb612 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:38 PM

    This will inevidably come to the Vikings.

  23. I_Hate_Yams says: Apr 15, 2010 11:39 PM

    Yawn!

  24. theravenlives2 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:57 PM

    Demetrius82, I’m a huge Jaguar fan — have been since we got the team. But it’s hard not to acknowledge that there’s a real risk of the city losing the team. They’re making the push for this season, and if every game is blacked out again then nobody — especially us Jags’ fans — will have any grounds upon which to say “how did this happen?”
    ———————————————–
    Wow, finally someone from Jacksonville who seems to have a clue. This was supposed to be the NFL’s promised land according to Paul “The Sun King” Tagliabue and his cronies. Truth is, its been anything but. Unless you folks start supporting that team…and quick….you’re gonna lose it. I just hope it lasts through next year (2011). See, my Ravens play there then, and I’d love to see them on the road since the tix are so easy to get!

  25. Mr. Common Sense says: Apr 15, 2010 11:58 PM

    I’m just happy the N.O. Saints are no longer listed amongst the potential teams to move to Fantasy Stadium, LA.

  26. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Apr 16, 2010 12:01 AM

    Demetrius82,
    I hate to break it to you but if Jags don’t have a huge financial turnaround and soon… they will be leaving Jacksonville. I don’t know whether Weaver would sell the team or move it himself, but one thing I know is that very rich men did not become rich operating businesses that lose money or produce a subpar return on investment.
    So as gatorkevin pointed out already it is crunch time right now to determine if the Jags (or any NFL franchise for that matter is viable in Jacksonville). Ownership has been very proactive in trying to succeed in that market, I believe they don’t want to move the team, but there becomes a point that you have no choice unless you are willing to lose your investment (and that’s not something Weaver is willing to do, nor would the rest of the owners let him since the value of his franchise factors in to the factor of the league as a whole and thus affects the value of their franchises)

  27. rayg says: Apr 16, 2010 12:08 AM

    “that’s fantastic news, spend a ton of money on a state of the art stadium that nobody will go to just like the last 2 teams they had in la.”
    Anaheim is not Los Angeles. Anybody who lives here understands that. Anybody who doesn’t, doesn’t.
    The Raiders consistently sold 65,000 – 70,000 seats each Sunday. The Mausoleum held 100,000 fans, so it looked 1/4 empty each Sunday, because it was. The stadium sucks and the area near South Central sucks.
    When the Rams were actually located in, you know, Los Angeles, they drew similar numbers, even in the 60′s and 70′s. But not many people are interested in driving down the 5 to Anaheim to see anything except Disneyland once a year.
    And by the way, Industry is even more of a pain in the a@@ to drive to than Anaheim. It’s a dumb idea. Build a stadium in Los Angeles proper, in a decent neighborhood, (or in the revived downtown) and the fans will come — in droves.

  28. RaiderhateR4Life says: Apr 16, 2010 12:16 AM

    Hsf09- not sure of the last part of that was a ZING on baseball, but if it wasn’t then you missed the 5 MLB teams here in Cali. I agree with you, pretty soon Cali will have it’s own league in sports

  29. Dogsweat says: Apr 16, 2010 12:30 AM

    49ers Stadium vote in June…
    Keep your eye on that…

  30. Doc Fluty says: Apr 16, 2010 12:51 AM

    “city of industry”
    not industry, ca
    get a MAP

  31. Pervy Harvin says: Apr 16, 2010 12:58 AM

    Jabroni – Choke on big Viking meat you jackoff!

  32. NoHomeTeam says: Apr 16, 2010 1:38 AM

    # hsf09 says: April 15, 2010 10:24 PM
    California doesn’t need any more sports teams. I swear, it seems like each pro league has 2 or 3 teams located in Cali. Let’s take a look…
    NFL: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers
    NBA: Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors
    NHL: San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks
    MLS: C.D. Chivas USA, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes
    Did I miss any league or team? No more!! : )
    —————————————
    Hmmmmm . . . you may have a point.
    Clearly, we do have to many professional sports teams here in the second-most populous state in the Union. There just isn’t room for another one.
    So . . . in exchange for receiving an NFL team in the greater Los Angeles area, we the people of California will agree to give up the following: The Oakland Raiders, the Warriors and the Clippers, the Kings (and the Ducks, if need be), and all of the soccer teams. Still not enough? OK, we’ll throw in the Padres, and maybe the Angels if our new NFL franchise winds up in Orange County.
    Problem solved. Back up the Mayflowers to the Ed Jones dome, already!

  33. Blackrhino17 says: Apr 16, 2010 1:59 AM

    hs409 – um, there’s this little game called baseball? Maybe you’ve heard of it?

  34. NoHomeTeam says: Apr 16, 2010 2:02 AM

    “We’re hearing that Tim Leiweke and Anschutz Entertainment Group have been working on a possible downtown Los Angeles football stadium.”
    Um . . . Where “downtown,” exactly? Don’t get me wrong — I’d love to see something built closer than the City of Industry, but there just doesn’t seem to be any place to put a stadium in the region generally classified as downtown. I know the Anschutz Group owns a lot of property in the area, but they don’t own that much, and I believe that most of what they do own is already marked for other development.
    There was once a proposal floated to build a stadium next to Dodger Stadium, but that seems like an unlikely possibility. The present owners of the Dodgers are up to their eyeballs in an ugly divorce. Since ownership of the team and its properties are part of the legal battle, I think it’s pretty safe to say that nothing’s going to be happening up there for some time.
    The Colosseum is out. It’s been out since before the Raiders went back to where they belonged. The League has rejected it as a site time and again, and that doesn’t even touch on the fact that USC’s lease agreement would seem to preclude any changes that might make it more acceptable to the NFL.
    I think this one is going to be “completely unsubstantiated” pretty soon.

  35. vikingcole says: Apr 16, 2010 2:04 AM

    ya it is not called industry. i live 10-20 miles away from it and it is called City of Industry. i didnt understand it either at first until i heard everyone call it how it is supposed to be. CITY OF INDUSTRY. not the city of Industry.

  36. NOwillrepeat says: Apr 16, 2010 2:25 AM

    If LA wanted an NFL team they would have one

  37. Bob Nelson says: Apr 16, 2010 3:28 AM

    There certainly is room to add an NFC and AFC team in the LA area. It is a very large area.
    The vikings have the NFC spot pretty much wrapped up. The AFC team to move will take some more time.
    Nothing helps capitalism like competition. I hope they do not get discouraged.
    The more options the better.
    The Los Angeles vikings sounds good.

  38. Footba11Joe says: Apr 16, 2010 3:47 AM

    Continuing with hsf09′s post:
    MLB:
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    San Francisco Giants
    Oakland A’s
    San Deigo Padres
    But still, LA is the second biggest market in the United States. We need a team here!

  39. Purple says: Apr 16, 2010 5:20 AM

    Don’t think lawmakers in Minnesota don’t see the great success of the new Twins stadium and won’t figure out a new stadium for the Vikings. Downtown Mpls was packed today, people all over downtown spending their hard earned dollars, all because of the new Twins stadium. We’re not dummies over here. Vikes are Minnesota’s forever.

  40. JimmySmith says: Apr 16, 2010 6:18 AM

    Book it, Wilf would rather spend 8 weekends in California, no matter the city, than in Mpls.
    Now, build him a stadium and he will come.

  41. egypt123 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:42 AM

    Damn, did I go back in time and read an article form the 90′s? Hasn’t the LA area been trying to get approval and build a stadium for the past decade and a half or so??? Nice try… I’m sure I’ll read 5 years from now that they’re still trying…

  42. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:54 AM

    @gatorkevin
    You are absolutely right. I don’t like to see any team move…for obvious reasons…and if you guys (city of Jax) want to keep your team, this is the season to show it simply by selling out all or at least most games this year. If that happens I’d think you’d be safe.

  43. tombrookshire says: Apr 16, 2010 8:43 AM

    This just in -add the Eagles to that mix. The recent $100+ million salary dump, lawyers and accountants taking over key FO roles, absence of long- term financial committments to players, a burgeoning warchest of cash that will go unspent even in the upcoming draft. In my view this adds up to a sale in 2011 or 2012. I believe that Lurie is waiting for the economy to brighten. He is tired of owning the Eagles, the continuous drumbeat of fan and media discontent with the head coach, the GM and president, it’s decision-making processes and fiscal conservatism. Based on the team’s recent actions, they can no longer continue to tell fans that they are all about winning champoinships when they are really about making money. Lurie can no longer sell the team’s competitiveness and stability to fans who are hungry for a championships. Besides, his wife hates living in working class Philly.

  44. FreddieBaby says: Apr 16, 2010 8:43 AM

    # Johnnyb612 says: April 15, 2010 11:38 PM
    This will inevidably come to the Vikings.
    Why you talk this way?

  45. seals says: Apr 16, 2010 9:52 AM

    I just can’t get over the retardation of Jimmy Smith and Bob Nelson. If the Vikings move what does that do to your division, the state rivalry and the overall enjoyment of the game? As much as I can’t stand some Packer fans it wouldn’t be the same if Green Bay, Chicago or Detroit left the division.
    Bob & Jimmy- Your Mom never loved you did she and you never knew your daddy. He’s probably a Vikings fan.

  46. sand0 says: Apr 16, 2010 10:48 AM

    The Vikings won’t be going to LA. I like that so many of the haters support this theory because it is so clear that we will be the ones having the last laugh. They are accomplishing nothing other than maybe speeding up the process for us. Thanks?

  47. snowbum says: Apr 16, 2010 10:53 AM

    Anyone with a brain can see, so that doesn’t include Bob and Jimmy, that this is another story to put pressure on the Minnesota Politicians to get the stadium done this session. If any of them want to be re-elected, it will get done. If it helps them get the stadium in Minnesota done sooner, I’m willing to put up with LA Vikings talk until it’s done.
    And I would rather spend 365 days a year in Minneapolis then 8 weekends in Green Bay. Time for your cheese and medication Bob and Jimmy.

  48. KM91 says: Apr 16, 2010 1:32 PM

    The Jags aren’t leaving Jacksonville anytime soon. When we get to the playoffs, in the next year or two, all of this talk will stop, with or without Tebow. The team doesn’t move until Wayne Weaver says so and he’s already committed to staying. After all, you don’t advertise three-year commitments unless you’re planning to stay available during that period of time. I’m too young to remember Jacksonville before the Jaguars were here, and I don’t wish to find out

  49. JimmySmith says: Apr 16, 2010 2:39 PM

    snowbum says:
    April 16, 2010 10:53 AM If the Vikings move what does that do to your division
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    well, for one, it gets rid of the loud mouth Viking fans who proclaim a Superbowl upon every FA signing.
    It also improves the away game experience, the Humpty Dome is a complete waste of money. Seriously, the fans are hammered for not buying tickets but anybody who has been there will tell you it is among the worst staduims in the NFL>

  50. seals says: Apr 16, 2010 3:33 PM

    Jimmy- 90% of the people in Minnesota agree the dome is a dive but that has nothing to do with why it’s better for football to have a team in Minnesota. The problem is unlike Green Bay Minneapolis has full infrastructure and with the Gopher stadium and Twins Park the Vikings have to get in line for the $$$$. The MN State Gov can’t make it rain every day but the Vikings stadium is coming.
    I really wonder how much you understand football rivarly and how that makes football worth watching for lots of fans. Ask Oklahoma/ Texas what it would do to a season if that game was wiped off the schedule.
    One more thing Jimmy- Stay off the paint thinner this weekend it’s making you blind and stupid.

  51. Beer Cheese Soup says: Apr 19, 2010 1:45 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    well, for one, it gets rid of the loud mouth Viking fans who proclaim a Superbowl upon every FA signing.
    ____________________________________
    Yes, and then those same loudmouths will become Pack fans.
    I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to share a team with those delusional blowhards. Our fanbase has already lost enough respect, why would you want that?
    We have enough “self proclaimed know-nothings” predicting a Packers Super Bowl already. We don’t need to add in former Viking fans messing their pants over every quality FA we sign or trade fo… oh, wait… Nevermind, I guess that wouldn’t be a problem after all.

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