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League monitoring new stadium plan for L.A.

We posted last night an item pointing out that rumors are surfacing of another potential stadium plan in Southern California, with downtown L.A. as the intended location.  Linebacker Shawne Merriman of the Chargers tweeted in response that it’s more than a rumor.

And he’s right.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times puts some meat on the bone, explaining that Tim Leiweke of Anschutz Entertainment Group and Casey Wasserman are investigating the possibility of building a stadium behind Staples Center, where the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center currently is located.

Per Farmer, the plan is in the “preliminary stages,” but it’s far enough along for the NFL to be aware of the proposal and monitoring its progress.

Farmer believes (accurately, in our view) that there will be only one new stadium in Los Angeles.  Thus, the new proposal will be in direct competition with Ed Roski’s project in the City of Industry (not to be confused with the “city of Industry” or “Industry” or “place that thinks it can improve its crappy name simply by putting ‘City of’ in front of it”).

Roski mouthpiece John Semcken disagrees.  “It doesn’t change what we’re doing at all,” he told Farmer.  “Doesn’t influence anything we’re doing one bit.”

I love the smell of denial in the morning.

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31 Responses to “League monitoring new stadium plan for L.A.”
  1. jimmySee says: Apr 16, 2010 8:02 AM

    … except West Hall is used for trade shows (like E3) and other events.
    Actually, there already is a downtown LA stadium – it’s called the Coliseum!

  2. xltriton says: Apr 16, 2010 8:05 AM

    C’Mon guys, we need some more dirt on BigBen.

  3. PULL&SEAL says: Apr 16, 2010 8:06 AM

    Move the Vikings to L.A. and call them the chokers, you know, those necklace-like things the ladies wear…perfect.

  4. tombrookshire says: Apr 16, 2010 8:24 AM

    Look for the Eagles to be in play in 2011 -2012 and a possible move to LA. Lurie has dumped his last star players and payroll so far in the amount of $100 million. They are signing career backups to take their places. Indicators are that they are either taking advantage of a lack of a salary cap floor to stockpile cash for a possible lockout, or more likely, in anticipation of selling the team once the economy is more stable and the stadium in LA is built. (Frankly, I think his wife hates Philly).

  5. egypt123 says: Apr 16, 2010 8:34 AM

    Someone hand me the stick and let me take a few whacks at that dead horse. This has been going on for the last decade or two and I’m sure we’ll still be reading about a potential stadium and football in LA for the next decade or two as well.

  6. Benny says: Apr 16, 2010 8:44 AM

    Let the Vikings to LA comments begin……

  7. Benny says: Apr 16, 2010 8:48 AM

    # PULL&SEAL says: April 16, 2010 8:06 AM
    Move the Vikings to L.A. and call them the chokers, you know, those necklace-like things the ladies wear…perfect.
    ——————————————————
    Thats all you got?

  8. VaBthang4 says: Apr 16, 2010 8:51 AM

    In order for Leiweke & Wasserman to get anything built, they will have to go around the LA Coliseum committee (local politics, kickbacks, payoffs etc, etc.)…that is why Roski went to Industry in the first place…
    …but if Roski does not buy a team…HE IS DEAD IN THE WATER.
    He has everything setup to build the stadium, the issue now is the team.
    If he keeps dithering…he is gonna be out of luck.
    Dont give me the notion of the LA populace requiring a winner before they come out…whatever, that is everywhere (that’s why the Jaguars, Bills cant draw a crowd). The people of LA (Like everywhere else) will give a new team 2-3 years to put a quality product on the field. After that, they’ll turn (like everyone else).
    /soap box

  9. barrel says: Apr 16, 2010 8:59 AM

    tombrookshire says:
    April 16, 2010 8:24 AM
    Look for the Eagles to be in play in 2011 -2012 and a possible move to LA.
    ———–
    What the hell are you smoking? The Eagles aren’t going anywhere. They have a stadium that was just built they sell out everygame. The Eagles leaving Philly makes no sense. Open your eyes and see the team has transitioned into the rebuilding phase with its younger players and stop talking out of your ass.

  10. Tsinakis311 says: Apr 16, 2010 9:04 AM

    PULL&SEAL,
    That was sooooooooooo lame.
    I would like to see better effort out of you. That post is NOT acceptable.
    I am very disappointed!

  11. birdmancometh says: Apr 16, 2010 9:09 AM

    I really hate LA. Will support a team….won’t support a team…whatever. I just hate LA and all it’s rich ass holes inside it. All we need is more movie stars showing up to games so FOX and CBS can show less games and more stars…

  12. TiceWasBetter says: Apr 16, 2010 9:43 AM

    More fodder for Jimmy and Bob and the rest of ‘NFL Retardation USA’ better known as that pathetic percentage of the Packer fanbase that hopes and prays every day for the Vikings to leave the NFC North for LA and have the Rams come in so there is no real competition for the division other then the Bears every 5 yrs and the Lions every 20.
    At least there are actual Packer fans that want the Vikings to stay and keep the rivalry going.
    Too bad they are also Jimmy and Bob.
    Even Lomabardi would consider them losers and wouldn’t want them affiliated with the rest of the Packer fans. Such a proud tradition tarnished by those who remind us all of defication, so sad.

  13. casper67 says: Apr 16, 2010 10:15 AM

    VaBthang4 – Are you retarded? Do some research before you make comments about the bills not drawing crowds. They have not made the playoffs in ten years, yet they sell out almost every game and 58,000 season tickets were sold last year. You pussy californians should stick with beach volleyball…

  14. mikeds says: Apr 16, 2010 10:20 AM

    @VaBthang4
    “Dont give me the notion of the LA populace requiring a winner before they come out…whatever, that is everywhere (that’s why the Jaguars, Bills cant draw a crowd). The people of LA (Like everywhere else) will give a new team 2-3 years to put a quality product on the field. After that, they’ll turn (like everyone else).”
    The Bills can’t draw a crowd?! You might want to check your facts before you go spouting off there brosef, because the Bills sell out all their season tickets and fill a 70,000 + capacity stadium for every single home game.
    The Bills most certainly are NOT in the class as the Jaguars (at least when it comes to stadium attendance)

  15. PULL&SEAL says: Apr 16, 2010 10:20 AM

    It would be sad to see the Vikings go, but it would be so much fun to rub it in the faces of their 50,000, give or take a few, fans.

  16. BroncoBourque says: Apr 16, 2010 10:21 AM

    Having a stadium in Downtown LA would be much better than the City of Industry but this bid has a long ways to go before it is even as viable as that one. I could easily see the Jaguars moving to LA if this project does get off the ground since they are the team most likely to move. I think the Bills are destined to move to Toronto once Ralph Wilson passes away and his kids open up the bidding.

  17. Raider B says: Apr 16, 2010 10:21 AM

    Bring the Raiders Back!

  18. SpartaChris says: Apr 16, 2010 10:47 AM

    birdmancometh says:
    April 16, 2010 9:09 AM
    I really hate LA. Will support a team….won’t support a team…whatever. I just hate LA and all it’s rich ass holes inside it. All we need is more movie stars showing up to games so FOX and CBS can show less games and more stars…
    ===================================
    Pretty narrow minded view point from someone who’s never been to LA.

  19. casper67 says: Apr 16, 2010 12:07 PM

    Ralph has only one daughter now (the other one died) and she’s a lesbian…so they will be selling the team to Long John Silver heiress Sally Unkept Vulva…

  20. pray4thebills says: Apr 16, 2010 12:26 PM

    maybe the jets can move there to get their own stadium?

  21. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 16, 2010 1:41 PM

    casper67 – I laughed till I cried.

  22. okemon says: Apr 16, 2010 2:30 PM

    pullandseal,
    I remember all the smack you gave prior to the gb games. when the final score was resolved I called you out. you never showed. you only like talking smack, but when reality hits, your run and hide. i can’t take anything you say seriously.

  23. JimmySmith says: Apr 16, 2010 2:45 PM

    Look at the bright side Viking fans, Childress moving out of town will raise the average IQ of Mpls by at least 3 points. No more 100 mph cars barrelling down Crosstown Hghwy, no more hookers being flown over state lines and no more running over meter maids.
    The down side is the quality of wacky weed will likely decline with the biggest customers moving to LA and there wouldn’t be as many scalped Superbowl tickets for sale, not like the Vikings will be playing in the game anyway.

  24. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 16, 2010 3:36 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    April 16, 2010 2:45 PM
    Look at the bright side Viking fans, Childress moving out of town will raise the average IQ of Mpls by at least 3 points. No more 100 mph cars barrelling down Crosstown Hghwy, no more hookers being flown over state lines and no more running over meter maids.
    The down side is the quality of wacky weed will likely decline with the biggest customers moving to LA and there wouldn’t be as many scalped Superbowl tickets for sale, not like the Vikings will be playing in the game anyway.
    ==============================
    Spencer Havner Green Bay TE Arrested in California on suspicion of DUI after motorcycle accident around 2:45 a.m.
    Johnny Jolly Green Bay DL Arrested in Houston on felony drug possession charge, allegedly found with 200 grams of codeine
    Nick Barnett Green Bay LB Charged with battery after altercation at Appleton, Wisc., tavern.
    Cory Rodgers Green Bay WR Arrested in Forth Worth, Texas, on misdemeanor charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and discharging a firearm outside a nightclub
    Ahmad Carroll Green Bay CB Arrested on charges of third-degree assault on police officer at bar, disorderly conduct
    Ahman Green Green Bay RB Arrested in Green Bay after an alleged domestic violence incident
    Joe Johnson Green Bay DE Arrested, charged with contempt of court for failing to appear on marijuana charge in 2003
    Joe Johnson Green Bay DE Charged with marijuana possession in Tifton, Ga., after traffic stop
    Najeh Davenport Green Bay RB Arrested in Florida after a woman told police he had broke into her university dormitory room and defecated in a closet
    Marco Rivera Green Bay OG Arrested after being clocked him at 95 mph in a 45 mph zone. Tests showed Rivera’s blood-alcohol level was 0.19 percent.
    Mark Chmura Green Bay TE Charged with sexually assaulting his children’s 17-year-old baby sitter during a drunken prom party
    De’Mond Parker Green Bay RB Charged with marijuana possession after police said they found seven grams in his car.
    —————-
    In other words Jimmy….STFU.

  25. JimmySmith says: Apr 16, 2010 4:28 PM

    Do you want to impress me? show me your trophy case.

  26. Bious says: Apr 16, 2010 6:29 PM

    I used to be against LA getting a team but Jacksonville has been a joke
    Give them to LA
    Jacksonville doesn’t deserve to keep their team if nobody goes to their games

  27. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 16, 2010 8:20 PM

    Do you want to impress me? show me your trophy case.
    ==============================
    Nice comeback, considering that isn’t the topic at hand……
    Go away little boy.
    You are very tiresome.

  28. GoJags436 says: Apr 16, 2010 9:55 PM

    @ BroncoBourque: You could see the Jags moving if this gets off the ground? Really? That’s funny, because the Jags’ owner has REPEATEDLY stated that his team is NOT FOR SALE & HE’S NOT MOVING. Sorry to shout but it’s been said SO MANY FREAKIN’ TIMES that I guess I have to shout for you to get a clue.
    Do Jag fans need to do better? You bet we do, but as long as Mr. Weaver owns the team, it will be in J-ville. We’ve just to turn it around in time to show the league that we are a viable city by the time he passes away or DOES decide to sell the team.
    The Vikings owner has stated that they will not renew their lease at the Metrodome & that lease expires next year (I think) or the year after. If the Minnesota state legislature does not approve funds for a new stadium, the Vikes are gone. The Raiders stadium is a tomb & they had as many blackouts & empty seats as the Jags did last year. But that’s been going on for years in Oakland. The Jags, however, had NO blackouts in ’08. We’ve had 1 year of bad attendance. We just need a little time to turn it around. A winning team would help! (That’s for Bious-who called us a joke) One year of bad attendance – that’s it. Just about every other season, we’ve been middle of the pack for attendance. Not bad for the smallest market in the league. All these other teams have decades of history. We’ve had 15 years. We just need a little time.

  29. DVJ says: Apr 17, 2010 12:49 PM

    Najeh Davenport Green Bay RB Arrested in Florida after a woman told police he had broke into her university dormitory room and defecated in a closet
    —————————————————-
    HAHAHAHAHAHA still my fav

  30. casper67 says: Apr 18, 2010 9:47 PM

    Najeh is now my hero…

  31. Beer Cheese Soup says: Apr 19, 2010 1:53 PM

    TiceWasBetter says:
    At least there are actual Packer fans that want the Vikings to stay and keep the rivalry going.
    Too bad they are also Jimmy and Bob.
    Even Lomabardi would consider them losers and wouldn’t want them affiliated with the rest of the Packer fans. Such a proud tradition tarnished by those who remind us all of defication, so sad.
    ____________________________________
    Sadly, I have to agree with you. I believe most Packer fans want to keep the three-pronged North rivalry exactly how it is though. It makes the games a hell of a lot more worthwhile.

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