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AEG stadium plan still moving forward

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While no progress has been made in more than three months regarding the effort to persuade an NFL team to move to Farmers Field, the effort by AEG to build the venue is proceeding.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Environmental Impact Report will be released on Thursday, April 5.  The report, which cost $27 million to prepare, will be subject to public comment for 45 days.  Then, if/when city officials approve the EIR and the city ultimately approves the project, the window for making legal challenges will open, with 30 days to file suit and 175 total days for any claims to be fully resolved.

Meanwhile, design work continues on the stadium, which won’t be built if a team can’t be lured to L.A., but nevertheless is moving closer to being as shovel-ready as Ed Roski’s project in the City of Industry.

In the end, the question will be whether a team can be lured to either potential venue.  After, of course, the leverage of a looming relocation is used to secure the best possible deals for teams like the Vikings and Rams to get new or upgraded facilities in their current markets.

The topic of a stadium in L.A. received further discussion during Friday’s PFT Live.

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41 Responses to “AEG stadium plan still moving forward”
  1. ninerdynasty says: Mar 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    im still curious to find out who the F is going to play there for the next 5 years and what are they going to do once the fans stop going to the games because the lakers or dodgers are playing at the same time.

  2. sj39 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:42 PM

    Every single one of you are being played like an NFL fiddle.

  3. ohenry78 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:42 PM

    Mahaha, I love the fact that the tags on this one include Minnesota Vikings. Nicely done, PFT.

  4. mortimeryoung says: Mar 30, 2012 2:43 PM

    A commenter with Toronto is his name is very upset right now because you neglected to tag the Jaguars with this story.

  5. radrntn says: Mar 30, 2012 2:52 PM

    California Raiders!

  6. trollhammer20 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:52 PM

    $27 million to do a report? Man, did I go into the wrong line of work, or what?

  7. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 30, 2012 2:52 PM

    Not a smooth, linear, process. No simple “A..B..C” progression, obviously.

  8. radrntn says: Mar 30, 2012 2:55 PM

    California Raiders!

    Home games in LA, San Diego every year, and one home game in SF every few.

  9. lbpackfan says: Mar 30, 2012 2:57 PM

    contra74 -

    Time to start praying a little harder, eh?

  10. steviep23 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:58 PM

    Raiders should be the team to move. They’re not getting a new stadium in Oakland and I can’t see them sharing the Santa Clara stadium with the Niners. They have already set up shop with their HQ in Santa Clara.

  11. khmer379 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:59 PM

    The Vikings are not going anywhere stop this nonsense we will get our stadium once these retared politician stop playing games

  12. dannymac17 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:01 PM

    To bad Toronto is a clown. d

  13. schmitty2 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:03 PM

    I am a die hard Ram’s fan living in Cali and I’m actually opposed to them moving back. The fans here suck for the most part..they show up late and leave early no matter what the score is and to boot the proposed site is a joke. Anyone that has been down the 110 freeway will understand what I mean

  14. Nicholas Tredway says: Mar 30, 2012 3:12 PM

    I live downtown LA currently (about four blocks from Staples) and am a rabid NFL fan. I’ve been following this story for quite some time now.

    The stadium WILL get built, and it will be the CHARGERS who make the move first, followed by the RAMS.

    That’s right folks, two teams! You heard it hear first.

  15. xtutx says: Mar 30, 2012 3:14 PM

    Seriously, why does it take 27 million to do an environment report? Like really how many people and hours could that really take?

    Breaks out calculator.

    That is 260 people working one full year, no vacations, but weekends off. At $50/hour our 100K per year.

    That is what 27 million is. Really? That much effort? Really?

  16. lbraiders says: Mar 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    Raider nation baby raiders are coming home

  17. realitypolice says: Mar 30, 2012 3:26 PM

    Again from the posters saying how the “fans” won’t come.

    Anyone who thinks that ticket sales of normal seats is the most important thing to the NFL is living in the NFL of 25 years ago.

    It’s all about TV money and Luxury Suites.

    Millionaires and billionaires buy luxury suites even if they could care less about football, and there aren’t many places in the world with more people who have money to burn.

    This is why Ed Roski can scream and shout all he wants- this stadium AIN’T being built in COI.

    The TV contract, already outrageous will go through the roof with an LA team.

    The value of ANY franchise, outside of NY, will skyrocket if moved to LA.

    Um……what did the pathetic Dodgers franchise just sell for? LOL.

    It’s so cute when fans of team X or team Y say how their team will never move to LA because of it’s “loyal fan base”.

    No matter what comes out of their mouths, the day when modern-day owners cared about THAT are long gone.

  18. gb4mn0 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:33 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Mar 30, 2012 3:03 PM
    The fans here suck for the most part.

    ——————————————–

    The fans suck(figuratively and literally) in MN so the vike players won’t notice any difference. Its perfect.

  19. voyager6 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:38 PM

    Wasn’t it AEG who tried to buy the 30% of the Bengals sold last year by the Arthur Knowlton estate that forced Mike Brown to cough up $200Million to match the offer to keep the team in Cincinnati?

    That would have put the value of the Bengals at $660Million, a real discout from the $950 Million (or so) that Forbes rated them at.

  20. detroitcityryda says: Mar 30, 2012 3:40 PM

    Just move the raiders to la build a new stadium and that’s it ,Oakland n la cheer for raiders anyway .

  21. godofwine330 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:55 PM

    Yeah, 27 million for a damned report is beyond ridiculous.

  22. ern215 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:11 PM

    Raiders should be the team to move. They’re not getting a new stadium in Oakland and I can’t see them sharing the Santa Clara stadium with the Niners. They have already set up shop with their HQ in Santa Clara.
    ———————————————————-you really are out of touch, huh
    the raiders hq is in alameda, smart guy.

  23. devikesfan says: Mar 30, 2012 4:19 PM

    realitypolice says:Mar 30, 2012 3:26 PM

    Again from the posters saying how the “fans” won’t come.

    Anyone who thinks that ticket sales of normal seats is the most important thing to the NFL is living in the NFL of 25 years ago.

    It’s all about TV money and Luxury Suites.

    Millionaires and billionaires buy luxury suites even if they could care less about football, and there aren’t many places in the world with more people who have money to burn.

    This is why Ed Roski can scream and shout all he wants- this stadium AIN’T being built in COI.

    The TV contract, already outrageous will go through the roof with an LA team.

    The value of ANY franchise, outside of NY, will skyrocket if moved to LA.

    Um……what did the pathetic Dodgers franchise just sell for? LOL.

    It’s so cute when fans of team X or team Y say how their team will never move to LA because of it’s “loyal fan base”.

    No matter what comes out of their mouths, the day when modern-day owners cared about THAT are long gone.
    ———————————————————

    And yet, LA has lost THREE football teams. Obviously, once the novelty of a pro football team wears off, Angelenos will abandon that team and switch their focus back to the Lakers, Dodgers, and Trojans.
    Any team dumb enough to move to LA might want to sign a three year lease- cause that’s how long it will take for the owners to want to relocate back to a city that will have real fans.

  24. metalhead65 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    nobody particularly “fans” who did not support the 2 teams they had in there care! just stop the madness now! even better it is great they can’t get a stadium built causing the owners the rams and vikings not to be able to blackmail their cities into building stadiums they can’t afford.

  25. sullijo1 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:22 PM

    How come the Chiefs weren’t tagged here?

    Clearly, they’re a candidate….when you operate $30M under the cap year after year and don’t even try to spend the $, you’re doing it because you can’t afford to spend it.

    No playoff wins in 19 years, no Super Bowls in 40 years – move them to a city that can spend money to be competitive.

  26. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 30, 2012 4:24 PM

    I’m glad I’m going to win the 640million dollar lotto so I can afford tickets for the new NFL franchise they keep promising.

  27. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 30, 2012 4:28 PM

    ern215 says:
    Mar 30, 2012 4:11 PM
    Raiders should be the team to move. They’re not getting a new stadium in Oakland and I can’t see them sharing the Santa Clara stadium with the Niners. They have already set up shop with their HQ in Santa Clara.
    ———————————————————-you really are out of touch, huh
    the raiders hq is in alameda, smart guy.

     —————————————————————————-

    He was talking about the Niners setting up in Santa Clara.

  28. realitypolice says: Mar 30, 2012 4:34 PM

    @devikesfan:

    Wow. Way to completely miss my point. Did you even read my post?

    When did the NFL leave LA last?

    How many stadiums that rely solely on individual seat ticket sales and NOT on luxury box revenue have been built since then?

    How much has the TV contract value gone up since then?

    Read my post again and see if you can understand what I am saying this time.

  29. ninerdynasty says: Mar 30, 2012 4:39 PM

    lbraiders says: Mar 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    Raider nation baby raiders are coming home
    ———————————————————-
    What a retard. hey, newsflash raider fan, the raiders were founded in Oakland, LA was just a fling for 10 years. they are home dumbass! lol. Now the Rams you can say they are coming home.

    oh LA fans.. shows how much you guys know about the NFL. dont you have a laker game to go watch?

  30. xtutx says: Mar 30, 2012 4:48 PM

    That is over 500,000 man hours at $50/hr for that environment report.

  31. candyman4881 says: Mar 30, 2012 5:08 PM

    realitypolice says:Mar 30, 2012 3:26 PM

    Again from the posters saying how the “fans” won’t come.

    Anyone who thinks that ticket sales of normal seats is the most important thing to the NFL is living in the NFL of 25 years ago.

    It’s all about TV money and Luxury Suites.

    Millionaires and billionaires buy luxury suites even if they could care less about football, and there aren’t many places in the world with more people who have money to burn.

    This is why Ed Roski can scream and shout all he wants- this stadium AIN’T being built in COI.

    The TV contract, already outrageous will go through the roof with an LA team.

    The value of ANY franchise, outside of NY, will skyrocket if moved to LA.

    Um……what did the pathetic Dodgers franchise just sell for? LOL.

    It’s so cute when fans of team X or team Y say how their team will never move to LA because of it’s “loyal fan base”.

    No matter what comes out of their mouths, the day when modern-day owners cared about THAT are long gone.
    ———————–

    You realize that the TV deals are set with the NFL through 2023 right? According to your logic, the NFL does not need LA until 2023 at least

  32. devikesfan says: Mar 30, 2012 5:09 PM

    realitypolice-
    I see what you are trying to say. Are you trying to imply that an LA stadium will be nothing BUT luxury boxes?
    In order for the TV contracts to work, LA games would have to sell out 72 hours in advance. That may happen the first few years a team is in LA, but it won’t once the novelty wears off. Networks will not continue to pay for the right to broadcast into the nation’s second largest TV market, only to have to take a big hit with blacked out games.
    IIRC, there were plenty of blacked out Rams games prior to them leaving for St. Louis. Those blackouts helped convince the Rams to move.
    Given the fact that LA lost one team in the sixties, and two more in the nineties, what makes you think there is enough of an interest to keep NFL football viable in LA this time around?

  33. theytukrjobs says: Mar 30, 2012 5:10 PM

    Everyone realizes that the NFL will be expanding the league by two teams, one or both of which will be in LA. I mean, that is obvious, right?

    Vikings aren’t going to move. They are top 5 in TV ratings and have sold out an awful stadium for 15 years straight. Rams fanbase might not be as elite, but they are still quite respectable and willing to throw money in there.

    A team like the Jags seems to make sense but they would cost an arm and a leg to break their lease, not to mention the $100 mil fee for selling a team that applies to anyone.

    Raiders and Chargers are the only teams with a realistic chance of moving, and only because they are local with roots there.

  34. lawest111 says: Mar 30, 2012 5:21 PM

    This stadium will be built and teams will move there. LA supports two NBA teams, two MLB teams, two NHL teams, USC and UCLA. All of these teams do well. A state of art stadium next to Staples, LA Live and the Convention Center is a home run. I agree with previous post – Rams and Chargers.

  35. devikesfan says: Mar 30, 2012 5:44 PM

    This stadium will be built and teams will move there. LA supports two NBA teams, two MLB teams, two NHL teams, USC and UCLA. All of these teams do well. A state of art stadium next to Staples, LA Live and the Convention Center is a home run. I agree with previous post – Rams and Chargers.
    ———————————————————
    But LA cannot keep even a SINGLE NFL team…
    The NFL simply does not work in LA.

  36. tiffybean says: Mar 30, 2012 6:52 PM

    The EIR should never be approved because downtown LA is the WORST possible place to attract cars that all come and leave at the same time. There is already a much better stadium plan – Roski’s in the City of Industry. I don’t know why some reporters are so clueless they don’t mention the “other” stadium.

  37. jimmylions says: Mar 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    For the haters saying the NFL doesn’t work in LA, you might want to do some more homework as to why.

    The NFL’s traditional approach to business is extortion. Taxpayers must pay for a stadium and give it to the owner of the team, or the team will leave town. The idea is that a place like Cleveland or Detroit needs the NFL to bring people into downtown.

    Los Angeles does not need the NFL to bring people into downtown. This is a desitination city, not a place where you just change planes. Fly-to, not fly-over.

    That means that when an NFL owner tries to shake down the citizens of LA County, the response is … “Have a nice flight out of town!”

    And as they leave town, they bitterly bash LA fans – all because we wouldn’t hand over several hundred million in taxpayer dollars to a billionaire.

    Our city – our rules. AEG is paying the lions share of the cost of the stadium (originally was going to be zero taxpayer cost, but the city agreed to kick in a small portion of the costs). Also, AEG has to build the most environmentally friendly stadium in the history of the NFL.

    Bottom line … we’re in a strong enough bargaining position that we can let ateam leave town, wave bye-bye, and laugh at a bitter owner who is upset about not getting a new stadium. The NFL needs LA more than LA needs the NFL.

    Also – for the record, the city of Irwindale (about an hour outside of downtown LA) paid Al Davis $10M to movie the Raiders to LA. He pocketed the money and took the team back to Oakland.

    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice and … you don’t get fooled again!

  38. candyman4881 says: Mar 30, 2012 7:40 PM

    jimmylions- considering the NFL has grown leaps and bounds in the last 17 years and just signed another ENORMOUS TV contract without the LA Market through 2023, I would say the NFL is doing just fine without a presense in the LA Market.

  39. mellowelvis says: Mar 30, 2012 7:45 PM

    How about LA Vikings. Got the Lakers from MN and it looks like the fine folks from Minneapolis/St Paul are going to screw up the stadium deal. AEG and Wilf’s can figure this out…

  40. raidersfreak says: Mar 30, 2012 11:33 PM

    Here is the Truth that debunks Jason Cole! Here is AEG live on knbc
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/LA-Stadium-Plan-Released/144062496 part 1

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/NewsConference—Tim-Leiweke—Pres——CEO-of-AEG—Part-2/144060986 part 2

    AEG talks to the NFL 2 times a week they are very well of their progress,

  41. steviep23 says: Mar 31, 2012 12:32 AM

    @ern215

    I said the niners HQ is in Santa Clara, Dummy.

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