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Farmers Field takes a step closer to completion

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The folks at AEG have sold the naming rights to a stadium they haven’t built yet.  On Tuesday, the stadium took a large step closer to being built.

Per the O.C. Register, via SportsBusiness Daily, the L.A. City Council approved a so-called “Memorandum of Understanding” with AEG for the construction of the $1.2 billion venue.  Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that the vote came in at 12-0 in favor of the measure.

“I commend the Los Angeles City Council for today’s unanimous vote,” entertainment and sports executive Casey Wasserman, who is working with AEG to get the stadium built, said in a statement released to PFT.  “Their support of Farmer’s Field is another victory in our effort to bring professional football to Los Angeles, and further AEG’s commitment to enhancing the local economy.  This is a long process, but today marks a step forward in reaching our larger goal.”

To illustrate how long the process could take, Councilman Eric Garcetti said, via the AP, “This is not the beginning of the end but perhaps the end of the beginning.”

Meanwhile, the folks who are backing an open-air stadium in the City of Industry issued a statement today (per SBD), singing the praises in self-serving fashion of their alternative project:  “Our stadium proposal will generate more money, jobs and long-term success for the region and the NFL.  We are more active than ever and are currently working with the league, owners and teams to bring a franchise back to Los Angeles.”

The City of Industry project is shovel-ready, thanks in part of a legislative exemption from certain environmental lawsuits that may not be available to AEG.

From the NFL’s perspective, the longer that two viable proposals are competing, the better the eventual deal that NFL will get.

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61 Responses to “Farmers Field takes a step closer to completion”
  1. hobartbaker says: Aug 9, 2011 4:37 PM

    Next up is clearing the rocks and cow manure from Farmer’s Field.

  2. Umar says: Aug 9, 2011 4:45 PM

    It’s gotta suck for fans when your team is so bad that they have to just up and leave. I feel bad for Bills/Jags fans.

  3. ebenezergrymm says: Aug 9, 2011 4:46 PM

    And the Buffalo Bills started packing the U-Hauls…

  4. dogsweat1 says: Aug 9, 2011 4:47 PM

    Vikings and Raiders in Los Angeles!!

  5. jimmysee says: Aug 9, 2011 4:49 PM

    The Los Angeles Viking Farmers?

    How that sound?

  6. stanmackley says: Aug 9, 2011 4:50 PM

    the jets or the giants should move out there, that way they would get their own field and all.

  7. nickp91 says: Aug 9, 2011 4:51 PM

    Super Bowl in Los Angeles by end of the decade

  8. andyreidisfat says: Aug 9, 2011 4:54 PM

    I still don’t understand why this NEED to have a team in L.A.. I have lots of family who live in L.A. and none of them are going to route for a new team. In fact because most of my family is from here they are all Eagles fans. I think this is how it is in L.A., most people allready have a team and are not going to pay what will most likely be the highest prices in the NFL to watch a team they don’t care about.

    Also outside of the Jags who can you move. Any other team you move will be a huge problem as the fans of that team go to the games and do support that team.

    If its the Jags i have no problem with them moving a team because Jacksonville never should have had a pro football team anyway when they are competing with a college team that is beloved in the area and sucks up all the football dollars. Perhaps moving the Rams back to L.A. would be ok as well though i don’t see how thats fair to the fans in St. Louis who have supported that team for the most part through the good and mostly bad times.

    In the end i get the feeling it is going to be the Raiders once again in L.A.. Its the Team that makes the most sense. It keeps the divisions in line and gets the Raiders a nice stadium to play in that they don’t have to share. I would feel really bad for Oakland fans though as then it would be the second time that team ripped their hearts out.

  9. servegmo says: Aug 9, 2011 4:55 PM

    the Rams should go there! I miss the SF 49ers L.A Rams rivalry!

  10. gobills716 says: Aug 9, 2011 4:55 PM

    The occupant of his stadium better come from within the state of California i.e. San Diego or oakland…Not buffalo, not minnisota.

  11. benh999 says: Aug 9, 2011 4:56 PM

    A stadium in City of Industry… isn’t that place basically the prostitution capital of the west coast? I’m sure NFL players would never get into any trouble there.

  12. p4hbiz says: Aug 9, 2011 4:57 PM

    Born & Raised in LA, I can’t wait buddy… Please let it be an expansion team.

  13. waggs12 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:04 PM

    Why even bring a team to LA? History shows us that nobody in LA cares enough about football to support a team. 2nd largest market in America and worst fanbase. Their baseball team can’t make payroll, so let’s bring in a football team and see if that will last more than a few years. Idiots.

  14. wryly1 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:05 PM

    Likely to be 2016 before there is an NFL team in L.A.

  15. democratsarestupid says: Aug 9, 2011 5:06 PM

    Irsay just hopes that no team moves until after Peyton retires so he can sneak out again. Get those mayflower trucks ready

  16. dumbasdirt says: Aug 9, 2011 5:06 PM

    With the state of California having billions of dollars of debt and having trouble paying their bills The Los Angeles Bills sounds appropriate.

  17. anthonydilweg says: Aug 9, 2011 5:06 PM

    I thought this was another story about the grass at soldier field…

  18. cosanostra71 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:09 PM

    Exciting news! Another big step towards bringing the NFL back to LA!

  19. 8drinkminimum says: Aug 9, 2011 5:09 PM

    A team will eventually relocate chasing the dream. Five years later the ratings will lag the other big market teams and the season ticket base will flounder.

    We’ve seen this act before.

  20. yerkweezy says: Aug 9, 2011 5:11 PM

    Vikings let’s go… All my teams will be in LA now. yeah

  21. realitypolice says: Aug 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    The City of Industry project is shovel-ready, thanks in part of a legislative exemption from certain environmental lawsuits that may not be available to AEG.
    =====================

    The COI project has been shovel-ready since AEG announced plans to build down town.

    As in shovel dirt on their casket.

  22. depotnator says: Aug 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    The way the Bills move to LA is if Ralph Wilson croaks. Hmmm…someone better be sampling his food…maybe the practice squad.

  23. jakek2 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:18 PM

    How on Earth is California affording a 1.2B stadium?

  24. CoachFrazier4Life says: Aug 9, 2011 5:19 PM

    So… Last Friday there were multiple reports on how Minnesota Governor sent out a letter to political leaders to ascertain and identify any and all remaining obstacle for the development of a stadium on the Army Ammunition site in subrban Arden Hills, MN.

    The governor wants the report ASAP to figure out every remaining issue before a special session is called. Ted Mondale has said the report will be ready by mid-septmber. If all remaining parts of the stadium deal are resolved then Dayton has hinted to many lawmakers he will give serious consideration to a special session this October.

    Where is that story?

  25. Little Earthquake says: Aug 9, 2011 5:22 PM

    Wait…so they’re naming it after an LA Times reporter? What am I missing here?

  26. jamie54 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:24 PM

    Anyone who thinks any AFC team other than SD would be going to LA is dreaming. Goodbye LaJolla, Hello Malibu!

  27. democratsarestupid says: Aug 9, 2011 5:32 PM

    L.A. Colts baby

  28. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 9, 2011 5:35 PM

    Here it comes…. who’s going to be the first idiot to say that any team that comes to L.A. because it’s a bad NFL town that couldn’t keep the two franchise they already had. That’s just a bogus argument from people who seem to be ignorant about the current climate of fan support in Los Angeles. As a so-cal native who hasn’t had a home team to root for since the age of 11, I’ve been dying for any team to come to Los Angeles there are thousands of people like me who have been waiting most of their lives for NFL football in L.A. and any team that decides to come to the second largest market in the country is going to do well because of that support. I can understand why the fans of the teams that could potentially relocate are upset because the same thing happen to us in the 1994 and I remember what it feels like to lose a team, but I think whichever team makes the eventual move will make a ton of money and could become one of the most successful teams in the league.

    A lot of people like to hate on L.A., but the truth is that the NFL and the fan culture around it has changed a lot in 17 years since the NFL left in 1994. Los Angeles attracts emigrants from all over the country, many of whom come from areas who know how to passionately support a home team. AEG has a proven track record of success in professional sports, and the team that relocates is going benefit hugely both financially any even in terms of fan support. I’m in the unique position because I became a Vikings fan when the Rams left because I hated Georgia Frontierre for stealing the Rams from L.A., so unlike my fellows Vikes fans who are praying for a new stadium to keep their team from leaving, I am rooting hard for the opposite. I’ll still be a Vikings fan if they stay in Minnesota, but I’ll also support any team that comes back to the city of angels.

  29. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:36 PM

    @ andyreidisfat:

    “I still don’t understand why this NEED to have a team in L.A.”

    17 million potential customers.

    “I have lots of family who live in L.A. and none of them are going to route for a new team. In fact because most of my family is from here they are all Eagles fans.”

    Yes your family is 100% representative of all 17 million people in the Los Angeles region. We should hang on their every word.

    “I think this is how it is in L.A., most people allready have a team and are not going to pay what will most likely be the highest prices in the NFL to watch a team they don’t care about.”

    Uh yeah………only need 72k people at the stadium. I am pretty sure they can find 72k new customers out of 17 million people.

    “Also outside of the Jags who can you move. Any other team you move will be a huge problem as the fans of that team go to the games and do support that team.”

    How is that a problem? See Colts, Oilers, and Browns. All those teams were supported and they moved. No problem.

    “Perhaps moving the Rams back to L.A. would be ok as well though i don’t see how thats fair to the fans in St. Louis who have supported that team for the most part through the good and mostly bad times.”

    In the end it is a business. Was it fair to move the Rams from LA to St Louis? It was a business decision.

    “It keeps the divisions in line . . .”

    I always though this was the worlds stupidest argument. The divisons are creations of the league and they can simply recreate them any way they want to, at any time. Why do fans act like if though they are sacred? They aren’t.

  30. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:39 PM

    @ waggs12:

    Not very bright are you?

    “Why even bring a team to LA? History shows us that nobody in LA cares enough about football to support a team.”

    Yes, the Rams were only here for 48 years. Nobody supported them that is why they stayed so long.

    “Their baseball team can’t make payroll . . .”

    How is that germane? You mean the baseball team that regularly draws 3 million people a year? That one?

    Are you sure you have a clue about that which you speak?

  31. jnbnet says: Aug 9, 2011 5:40 PM

    Umar says:
    Aug 9, 2011 4:45 PM
    It’s gotta suck for fans when your team is so bad that they have to just up and leave. I feel bad for Bills/Jags fans.

    ==================================
    Hear hear. Most people don’t know this, but the New England Patriots came close to leaving New England….less than 20 years ago. Orthwein(?) owned the team. He was in the beer brewing industry and the Patriots were celler dwellers….ripe for the picking…or moving. Robert Kraft saved the day when he bought the team…the rest is history. Anyway…..feel bad for whoever looses their beloved team to go to LA….a city that has already shown apathy to an NFL team (the LA Rams)

  32. andrewfbrowne says: Aug 9, 2011 5:42 PM

    LA has lost two Franchises to St. Louis and Oakland of all places. Why not, third time is a charm, right?

    The California franchises are almost all in the bottom 25th percentile in the league in revenue and LA has lost two. That is per the annual Forbes report on NFL revenue.

    LA for an NFL franchise is the equivalent of a senator’s son. Lots of potential, but mostly you only hear about them going to rehab and crashing and burning. A dileltante at best.

  33. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:42 PM

    @ jakek2:

    “How on Earth is California affording a 1.2B stadium?”

    Unlike other markets who essentially pay NFL teams to be in town, (Looking at you Cincy, JVille, and others.) we don’t. This one is privately financed.

  34. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 9, 2011 5:42 PM

    waggs12 says:
    Aug 9, 2011 5:04 PM
    Why even bring a team to LA? History shows us that nobody in LA cares enough about football to support a team. 2nd largest market in America and worst fanbase. Their baseball team can’t make payroll, so let’s bring in a football team and see if that will last more than a few years. Idiots.
    ——————————-
    You realize that it is no longer 1994, right? Don’t really see what Baseball has to do with NFL football, especially since the guy who ran that team into the ground is a Boston native with no other ties to the L.A. area. This is such an ignorant and uninformed attitude.Take a hike buddy, no one wants to hear your tired arguments. Hate all you want but it’s going to happen.

  35. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:44 PM

    @ CoachFrazier4Life:

    “So… Last Friday there were multiple reports on how Minnesota Governor sent out a letter to political leaders to ascertain and identify any and all remaining obstacle for the development of a stadium on the Army Ammunition site in subrban Arden Hills, MN.

    Where is that story?”

    You should be glad PFT is putting these LA stories out. It helps put pressure on your politicos to do something in MN.

  36. jimmysee says: Aug 9, 2011 5:51 PM

    Hate L.A. all you want, cretins.

    What is it, 100 or so where you live?

    At the beach, it’s a balmy 68.

    Repeating a lie over and over again doesn’t make it true.

    L.A. has always supported sports teams.

  37. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 5:57 PM

    @ andrewfbrowne:

    “LA has lost two Franchises to St. Louis and Oakland of all places.”

    LA did indeed lose two franchises. Why? Do you know?

    “The California franchises are almost all in the bottom 25th percentile in the league in revenue and LA has lost two. That is per the annual Forbes report on NFL revenue.”

    They are. And for the same reason the teams moved from LA. Do you know why?

  38. bozosforall says: Aug 9, 2011 5:59 PM

    jakek2 says:
    Aug 9, 2011 5:18 PM
    How on Earth is California affording a 1.2B stadium?

    __
    It’s being PRIVATELY FUNDED, moron. Try doing a bit of research before opening your piehole next time.

  39. bozosforall says: Aug 9, 2011 6:03 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Aug 9, 2011 4:49 PM
    The Los Angeles Viking Farmers?

    How that sound?

    __
    I was thinking Los Angeles Packers sounds even better. Give them a single majority owner like all of the rest of the team too.

  40. bozosforall says: Aug 9, 2011 6:04 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Aug 9, 2011 4:49 PM
    The Los Angeles Viking Farmers?

    How that sound?

    __
    Hey, jimmy. I hear that your middle name is “puh”. Makes a whole lot of sense.

  41. bozosforall says: Aug 9, 2011 6:06 PM

    jnbnet says:
    Aug 9, 2011 5:40 PM
    Umar says:
    Aug 9, 2011 4:45 PM
    It’s gotta suck for fans when your team is so bad that they have to just up and leave. I feel bad for Bills/Jags fans.

    ==================================
    Hear hear. Most people don’t know this, but the New England Patriots came close to leaving New England….less than 20 years ago. Orthwein(?) owned the team. He was in the beer brewing industry and the Patriots were celler dwellers….ripe for the picking…or moving. Robert Kraft saved the day when he bought the team…the rest is history. Anyway…..feel bad for whoever looses their beloved team to go to LA….a city that has already shown apathy to an NFL team (the LA Rams)

    __
    Boston lost both the Redskins and the Braves once upon a time. Cleveland originally lost the Rams to LA. That’s just the way it goes.

  42. broncobillie says: Aug 9, 2011 6:16 PM

    Why does LA need the NFL? Two words, baby:
    NBA lockout! :D

    Better get that deal done before the NBA gets theirs…

  43. laeaglefan says: Aug 9, 2011 6:26 PM

    I am a lifelong Eagles fan, originally from Philly, who has lived in Los Angeles most of my life. Personally speaking, and I would bet that this goes for just about all Eagles fans in the LA area (as well as fans of other teams)……….

    I don’t want a new NFL team in LA. I won’t go to the games anyway, and it will have a negative effect on the number of Eagles games I can see on TV. Instead of some nationally telecast Sunday afternoon Eagles games, the local affiliate will have to televise the local team’s game instead, because of the archaic broadcast rules that the NFL has created for itself.

    Hopefully, some of these inequities will be addressed in the next TV contract, but for now, an NFL team in LA will be a negative thing for fans of other teams who live here.

  44. scomibord says: Aug 9, 2011 6:41 PM

    Goodell has to be the biggest tool ever. So intent on returning the NFL to LA and expansion outside the USA. Didn’t the raiders leave LA TWICE and the rams, and I am not too sure on this, but didn’t an entire league go broke in Europe?

  45. h8dansnyder says: Aug 9, 2011 6:41 PM

    I could see the naming rights if Omaha lands a franchise but not LA.

  46. jcusa514 says: Aug 9, 2011 6:49 PM

    everyone always overlooks San Diego. from this site and others all you hear about are the jaguars, vikings, and bills are relocating. The move for the chargers would be the easiest out of any other potential team in the league. they can keep the same fans, move from one of the worst stadiums in the league to potentially the best, and keep their current market for tv revenue/etc. my money is on san diego to move first.
    Watch out for Tampa as well. blackout city down there. The league would probably prefer one AFC team and one NFC team to move to LA. Those two teams fit the bill

  47. madamschefter says: Aug 9, 2011 6:52 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Aug 9, 2011 5:59 PM

    It’s being PRIVATELY FUNDED, moron. Try doing a bit of research before opening your piehole next time.
    ………………………

    lol, the only research he needs to do is read the article – it mentions AEG more than once.

  48. bigbluefan1 says: Aug 9, 2011 6:55 PM

    stanmackley says:
    Aug 9, 2011 4:50 PM
    the jets or the giants should move out there, that way they would get their own field and all.

    Hey what a great idea
    Do you have a clue the Giants and jets just chipped in to build the New Giant Staduim

    It was a very good idea as labor cost in the NJ NY area are the highest in the country.

    Perhaps if more teams shared costs profits would rise

    So maybe the vikes and the Bill can share the place and make more money

  49. wvfinfan says: Aug 9, 2011 7:26 PM

    L.A. Bill Farmers… Cause if their is on thing California’s can gown is debt, making it harder to pay their bills. Each loss should be followed with cannons shooting California dollars into the parking lot…

  50. scytherius says: Aug 9, 2011 7:29 PM

    Send me the Chargers please.

  51. alonestartexan says: Aug 9, 2011 7:34 PM

    So many people are so uneducated about the Los Angeles fan base..

    On any given Sunday the Raiders would draw 60-70k in the 92k seat Coliseum and the Rams would draw 40k a week in the 50k seat Anaheim Stadium.

    Los Angeles might not be able to support two teams, However, add the 60k from the Raiders and the 40k from the Rams and Los Angeles had a higher attendance then every other NFL city each week with the exception of possibly New York.

  52. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:42 PM

    @ laeaglefan:

    “I won’t go to the games anyway . . .”

    Oh you will, unless you can’t afford it.

    ” . . .and it will have a negative effect on the number of Eagles games I can see on TV.”

    Oh yes the NFL will never want to have millions of dollars in revenues flowing to their coffers if it will have a negative impact on you personally. I will bet that they are worried all about you right now…….

    ” . . .but for now, an NFL team in LA will be a negative thing for fans of other teams who live here.”

    Uh no…….it is a negative thing for you.

    Do they broadcast every Eagles game in LA? If not, your argument is based on stupidity.

  53. iownyou2 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:45 PM

    bigbluefan1 says: Aug 9, 2011 6:55 PM
    ————————————————
    stanmackley says:
    Aug 9, 2011 4:50 PM
    the jets or the giants should move out there, that way they would get their own field and all.
    ————————————————–
    Hey what a great idea
    Do you have a clue the Giants and jets just chipped in to build the New Giant Staduim

    It was a very good idea as labor cost in the NJ NY area are the highest in the country.

    Perhaps if more teams shared costs profits would rise

    So maybe the vikes and the Bill can share the place and make more money
    ————————————————–
    Could you inform me where New Giant Stadium is?? I havent heard of it.

  54. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 7:55 PM

    @ wvfinfan:

    “L.A. Bill Farmers… Cause if their is on thing California’s can gown is debt, making it harder to pay their bills. Each loss should be followed with cannons shooting California dollars into the parking lot…”

    Can anybody else make sense of this frontier gibberish?

  55. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 9, 2011 8:33 PM

    Skol LA Vikings!

    As the NFL’s lowest revenue franchise the vikings are the best choice to move.

    Everyone benefits, NFL, vikings, other teams, LA, and Minnesota.

  56. egetto says: Aug 9, 2011 8:42 PM

    How many more times does Wayne Weaver need to go on record that the Jags aren’t moving before LA stories no longer get tagged to Jax?

    Just do the slightest bit of research on attendance and market size, not just regurgitate what you read on a website

  57. dogsweat1 says: Aug 9, 2011 9:13 PM

    Can you smell the jealousy?

    The L.A. sports market could consist of:

    NFL
    Raiders
    Vikings

    NBA
    Lakers
    Clippers

    MLB
    Dodgers
    Angels

    NCAA
    USC
    UCLA

    NHL
    Kings
    Ducks

    A Viking December game in L.A-Temp. 72 Degrees.

    A Viking December game in Minneapolis-Temp. 3 Degrees.

  58. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:33 PM

    @ egetto:

    “How many more times does Wayne Weaver need to go on record that the Jags aren’t moving before LA stories no longer get tagged to Jax?

    Just do the slightest bit of research on attendance and market size, not just regurgitate what you read on a website.”

    Ok here ya go……..on the Jags……

    2010- 63032- 94% of the stadium filled.
    2009- 49651- 74%
    2008- 65,167- 97%
    2007- 65,301- 97%
    2006- 66,858- 99%
    2005 65,690- First Tarped Season- 98%
    2004 69,433- 90%
    2003 56,213- 73%
    2002 56,217- 73%
    2001 60,443- 79%
    2000 60,314- 78%
    1999 67,601- 88%
    1998 70,184- 91%
    1997 69,693- 90%
    1996 66,692- 87%
    1995 69,352- 90%

    Market Size:
    49th in market size. Ahead of New Orleans and Buffalo. (NOLA before Katrina was 43rd.)

    As for NFL revenue? 32nd.

    Anything else?

  59. recon163 says: Aug 9, 2011 10:35 PM

    @ dogsweat1:

    “A Viking December game in L.A-Temp. 72 Degrees.”

    As an Angeleno, all I can say is: Wow that is cold!

  60. Little Earthquake says: Aug 9, 2011 11:59 PM

    A lot of bitchy LA fans around here.

    When you lose two teams in one year and then an expansion team to Houston (the market that lost ITS team to Nashville) there’s a lot of sour grapes.

    Wake up people. NFL team in LA – not gonna happen. Not needed. Those potential consumers already consume NFL games every week. This is just a pipe dream.

  61. recon163 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:06 AM

    @ Little Earthquake:

    “A lot of bitchy LA fans around here.”

    Not bitchy, just smarter than you. (Which is not hard.)

    “When you lose two teams in one year and then an expansion team to Houston (the market that lost ITS team to Nashville) there’s a lot of sour grapes.”

    Not really. All the above scenarios were because of one overriding reason. And now it is being rectified.

    “Those potential consumers already consume NFL games every week.”

    Well of course you only see TV as being the only way to ‘consume’ NFL games, its all you know. Meanwhile real NFL fans will be happy to attend games, buy club seats, and fill up suites.

    Unlike you who sees TV as the only way to watch games, folks in LA look forward to filling up suites and seats.

    “Wake up people. NFL team in LA – not gonna happen.”

    And you are who again? Oh that is right a ‘hardcore’ fan who only watches on TV.

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