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Even though a “For Sale” has been placed in front of the AEG headquarters, a new sign can now be stuck in the ground near Staples Center.

“Team Wanted.”

AEG spokesman Michael Roth tells PFT that the L.A. City Council approved all eight measures relating to the construction of Farmers Field, the proposed NFL stadium that already has a naming-rights deal.

This means that the process will now move forward, with a window opening for the filing and complete resolution of any lawsuits challenging the project.  By March 2013, the case(s) will be over and, presumably, the venue will be shovel ready.

The only thing left will be attracting a team.  Or two.

The leading candidate is the Chargers.  Other possibilities include the Raiders and the Bills.  Some say that the Jaguars are still a candidate, but that seems to be a long shot at best.

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82 Responses to “L.A. City Council approves downtown stadium”
  1. Patriot42 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:28 PM

    Just what a broke state needs.

  2. thepvyharvin says: Sep 28, 2012 4:29 PM

    $10 says some idiot posts home of the LA Vikings,,,

  3. lew24 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    Finally!

  4. carlsbadboltfan says: Sep 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    The “leading candidate” is the Chargers ONLY in the media. Again, do some of your own research and you’ll find that the Chargers ARE NOT the leading candidate. The city, its current Mayor & the team have been working on getting a downtown site done. It will happen.

  5. armchairqb says: Sep 28, 2012 4:34 PM

    Instead of moving a team to LA, why not just make the LA venue a neutral site where every Monday Night Football game is played?

    Problem solved.

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 28, 2012 4:34 PM

    When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.

    It’s the Chargers.

  7. mike5011ad says: Sep 28, 2012 4:34 PM

    What about Tampa? Is their lease rock solid? People just don’t go to sporting events in that town. You can’t say it’s because they aren’t winning, because nobody goes to the Rays games either.

  8. christopher525 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:35 PM

    Let’s see, another blackout this week, seems like it happens ALL the time. Stadium will be built, get ready for the debut in the next couple years of the L.A. Bucs.

  9. realitypolice says: Sep 28, 2012 4:35 PM

    Can’t wait to see what Ed Roski’s plan B is for his “shovel ready” project in COI?

    Outlet Mall? Indian Casino? Trailer Park?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  10. frankiemontana says: Sep 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    L.A. is Raider country

  11. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    The Vikings could use a fresh start in LA.

    The ownership group led by Wilf could double the value of the franchise and pay down some of their 300 million in debt.

  12. jibberator says: Sep 28, 2012 4:38 PM

    I hope the Raiders move down there with all their fans

  13. bwilson124 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:38 PM

    thepvyharvin says:Sep 28, 2012 4:29 PM

    $10 says some idiot posts home of the LA Vikings,,,

    New home of the LA Vikings.

  14. kane337 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:40 PM

    The Bay area does not need 2 teams. Move the Raiders to L.A and then everyone has a team. I would hate to see the Chargers move.

  15. buffalobills2012 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:43 PM

    Look at Ralph Wilson Stadium parking lots before this weeks game and tell me the NFL should take this team from the area….enough with the scare tactics. Tampa Bay cant sell out a home opener and their not on this list….

  16. spdy34 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:44 PM

    Can’t blame the Chargers for being the leading candidate. constant treats of blackouts, last minute ticket sale extensions, and local businesses having to buy out enough tickets to avoid blackouts. Fair weather fans at best. Every year you see Charger flags on every other car around town until they lose a game or two then they all dissapear.

  17. contra74 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:Sep 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    The Vikings could use a fresh start in LA.

    The ownership group led by Wilf could double the value of the franchise and pay down some of their 300 million in debt.
    ——–
    The Vikings are doing just fine sitting in first place of a division where the Packers are in last place. Thank you for your concern though Packer fan.

  18. prodigalson16 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    I see some people are still unware the Vikings already have been approved for a new stadium. LMAO, some peoples kids.

  19. ckacv111 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:45 PM

    Bills won’t move. Jags won’t move. Chargers more than likely

  20. sourdough says: Sep 28, 2012 4:46 PM

    No NFL team can afford to relocate to LA because the NFL & its owners require ~$700 million relocation fee. The economics just don’t pencil out. Not sure why the author of this story doesn’t understand that simple concept…

  21. franktherat96 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:47 PM

    2nd largest media market aside, lets keep putting a team in a city that can’t seem to hold on to their teams. The Chargers played there briefly, moved, then you had the Rams and Raiders, both moved…..seems logical that 4th time is a charm….smh

  22. sdb0ltz says: Sep 28, 2012 4:48 PM

    So can someone tell me again why a city that had its shot at (and lost) 3 NFL teams in its history thinks it needs a 4th and 5th shot at a team?

  23. raidersfreak says: Sep 28, 2012 4:49 PM

    It would be the Rams unless the Raider owner sold the team. I dont know where this info comes from but Sam Farmer has the Low down.

    In the realm of the NFL’s time frame; they want 2 teams in LA. It doesnt have to be right away they are very patient. They could move an AFC or NFC team first then a 2nd from a non thriving market in 10 -20 years

  24. claymatthewshairplugs says: Sep 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    I live in LA and don’t want an established city to lose their team. As a Bears fan, I personally think the league is fine the way it is but if a team should move here it should be either the Chargers or the Rams. The Chargers can’t sell out their stadium and already have an established base in SoCal so it wouldn’t be that big of a change and the Rams used to be here so there are still many Rams fans here. In fact the other night at the convention center, Rams fans were out in full force. Rams or Chargers would make the most sense.

  25. jtfawver says: Sep 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    Chargers getting blacked out left and right should be all we need to know.

    I dont know as much about the TB situation, but as was mentioned before it seems as though no one watches sports there.

    TB Rays are fighting for the playoffs and the stands are still empty.

  26. Phintastic says: Sep 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    If it means Ross selling the team, and Ireland getting fired…. I say HELLOOOO, LA Dolphins!!!!!!!

  27. rajbais says: Sep 28, 2012 4:51 PM

    Wow! This got done after Anschutz announced the sale of AEG!

    That’s a great thing because anyone who asks for a franchise share at a discount is an idiot!!!!!

    Idiots should not be welcome to the potential Los Angeles franchise!!! They’re better off without him!!!

  28. billsfaninmiami says: Sep 28, 2012 4:53 PM

    CAN’T be the Bills.

    Any idea how long it would take to un-circle the wagons, pack them up, and pioneer their way to El Lay?

    Chargers…

  29. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:54 PM

    so long, vikes!

  30. b00rad says: Sep 28, 2012 4:55 PM

    L.A. Rams

  31. upperdecker19 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:58 PM

    sdb0ltz says:
    Sep 28, 2012 4:48 PM
    So can someone tell me again why a city that had its shot at (and lost) 3 NFL teams in its history thinks it needs a 4th and 5th shot at a team?

    ================================

    Exhibit A: Georgia Frontiere
    Exhibit B: Al Davis

    Who knows why the Chargers left the first time. That’s ancient history.

    But you don’t exactly hear the cities of St.Louis and Oakland pumping out their chests bragging about the deals they struck with those two idiots. As each franchise remains in the discussion of possibility moving back.

  32. fuzzynuts55 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:59 PM

    I live in hb and so cal is raiders first, chargers second. Steelers and 49,’s are pretty popular also. Which ever team moves here they will sell out every home game. Sure we can surf ski and see hot chicks but football is very popular here!

  33. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Sep 28, 2012 4:59 PM

    Los Angeles, I’ll tell you what I told Memphis: It ain’t gonna happen.

    - The NFL

  34. bradshawlives says: Sep 28, 2012 5:00 PM

    armchairqb says:
    Instead of moving a team to LA, why not just make the LA venue a neutral site where every Monday Night Football game is played?

    …Or make it the home of the Super Bowl. Have a big glitzy SB party in L.A. And while they’re at it, instead of playing a game in London every year, have one it in L.A. instead.

  35. claymatthewshairplugs says: Sep 28, 2012 5:04 PM

    It’s hard enough getting a team to LA and Goodell’s talking about putting a team in London. In your dreams Goodell.

  36. rc33 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:06 PM

    The state is $40B in debt; I got an idea, let’s build a stadium.
    From what I can tell, L.A. sports fans are indifferent as to whether they even get a football team.

  37. schmittsgay says: Sep 28, 2012 5:11 PM

    Move the Chargers to LA and rename them the SoCal Chargers or something dumb like that and the San Diego die-hards can make the commute up for games and pretend they didn’t lose their team and the team can actually sell out some games. Problem solved.

  38. robert831 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:13 PM

    LA should get one team. Likelihood in this order:

    1. Raiders
    2. Bucs
    3. Rams
    4. Chargers

    It should be the Raiders, or maybe the Bucs since they can’t fill the stadium even if the tickets were free.

  39. wideright91 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:15 PM

    The OJ car chase is the closest that LA ever gets to seeing my Bills.

  40. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 28, 2012 5:15 PM

    “So can someone tell me again why a city that had its shot at (and lost) 3 NFL teams in its history thinks it needs a 4th and 5th shot at a team?”

    Learn your history.

    Cleveland lost the Indians (twice), the Bulldogs, the Rams to LA, and the Browns. They still got another franchise.

    Minnesota lost the Minneapolis Marines, the Minneapolis Red Jackets, and the Duluth Eskimos, yet still got the NFL to take their new franchise away from the AFL.

    Detroit lost the Heralds, Tigers, Panthers, and Wolverines, yet still got the Portsmouth Spartans to come and become the Lions.

    New York lost 3 franchises before it was able to get the Giants AND Jets.

    St. Louis is on their 4th franchise.

    There are more examples. The precedent for 4th and 5th chances clearly exists for America’s #2 media market.

  41. stealersfannot says: Sep 28, 2012 5:15 PM

    They’re only like 2 hours apart. Why not move somewhere in between and build a large sports complex like they did in Irving, TX and call them the “SoCal’ Chargers or something? Tap into both fan bases?

    Then again, M&T and Fedex Field are only 30 minutes apart.

    hmm…

  42. Nick says: Sep 28, 2012 5:24 PM

    The Bills are not for sale and Ralph told me he plans to live to at least 103.

  43. cabalogia says: Sep 28, 2012 5:32 PM

    The Bills aren’t going anywhere. New York state will not let its only pro football team leave.

  44. rickeydynamite25 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:33 PM

    Sorry to my Oakland brothers but I think it’s inevitable that the Raiders are going back to L.A.
    The question is will you still be a die hard Raider for life?

  45. nicewolf64 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:35 PM

    make it the London of North America

  46. fmwarner says: Sep 28, 2012 5:41 PM

    Considering the public contribution of a whopping ZERO dollars, this stadium IS something a broke state needs, geniuses.

    As for the team, my money is on Buffalo. Ralph Wilson’s will states that the team will be sold upon his death instead of passed to his heirs. And let’s face it, dude is 93 and not in the best of health.

  47. jrod2173 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:43 PM

    Phintastic says: Sep 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    If it means Ross selling the team, and Ireland getting fired…. I say HELLOOOO, LA Dolphins!!!!!!!
    —————————————————————
    Stephen Ross owns the damn stadium genius. You think he’ll sell the team without selling the stadium with it? And the new owner will just leave his own stadium to put his team another? Dolphins never leave Miami bro.

    Ireland is already as good as fired with the way the majority of his draft classes and FA’s signings are playing, not even Tannehill becoming the real deal will save him. If that weren’t enough, trading Marshall and not addressing the WR position sealed his fate no matter how this season plays out.

  48. drewshawforpresident says: Sep 28, 2012 5:47 PM

    St. Louis is on their 4th franchise? Really?

    If you’re referring to the 1923 St. Louis All-Stars and the 1934 St. Louis Gunners in addition to the old Cardinals, then that’s a little ridiculous.

    The economic conditions that led to those teams folding well before the dawn of the popularity of the NFL had nothing to do with anything that causes teams to move these days. Or caused LA to lose their 3 franchises.

  49. fargovikesfan says: Sep 28, 2012 5:51 PM

    How about adding a couple expansion teams? Put one in LA and then open the bidding for the 2nd one.

  50. millerhour says: Sep 28, 2012 5:55 PM

    So bills to the afc west, kc to the afc south and titans to the east?

  51. lanjoith says: Sep 28, 2012 6:01 PM

    Do a little homework and you will see the Chargers definnetly aren’t moving in ’13 and more than likely aren’t moving at all.

  52. mathomp3 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:02 PM

    Send the Rams to LA, sucks having the Seahawks, Niners or Cardinals have to go play a 10:00 am game within their own division…

  53. realitypolice says: Sep 28, 2012 6:08 PM

    It’s going to be San Diego. Most painless transition since there wouldn’t need to be any realignment.

    Isn’t it telling that of all the franchises mentioned, the Chargers are the only one that don’t get a single fan on here coming to their defense.

  54. mrgroovesd says: Sep 28, 2012 6:09 PM

    Chargers will be in the same situation they are now. LA is Raider town. Good logic guys!

  55. akzane says: Sep 28, 2012 6:16 PM

    Wow are you kidding me! Did I read that right??? “Some say that the Jaguars are still a candidate, but that seems to be a long shot at best.” After years of the Jags to L.A articles is the media finally going to admit that the jags aren’t going anywhere?

  56. ern215 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:17 PM

    los angeles rams coming soon to a stadium near you

  57. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 28, 2012 6:17 PM

    So I will ask you again Florio. Please tell my why you tagged or even mentioned the Jaguars in the article. Get off the standard line of the Jags are a candidate just because the majority of the media wants them to be a candidate. Khan has stated repeatedly he is committed to Jacksonville. Just once, once, I would love for any member of the media to actually back up their claim with actual evidence. It can’t be done but doesn’t stop you from reporting it.

  58. td40 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:18 PM

    stealersfannot says:
    Sep 28, 2012 5:15 PM

    ….Then again, M&T and Fedex Field are only 30 minutes apart.
    ———————————————

    Maybe if you drive 110 mph the whole way they are… Otherwise, might wanna give yourself closer to an hour :)

  59. tomtravis76 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:27 PM

    It looks like more of an expansion of the league to 34 franchises.

    But if you look at what is going on with Miami and the history behind why owners leave, he is walking that path. He can’t sell tickets(and week in and week out he is buying the tickets up), he is having issues with corporate sponsorships, they are going to be looking for another stadium rights naming deal, they are losing revenue to other south florida stadium/arenas, he has been trying every backroom trick to steal money from the state to get stadium upgrades-and he is crying to everyone that without public funds Miami will never get another Super Bowl.

    Yes, Ross owns the stadium and land, he could move the franchise to LA and be a legend in LA with the celebrities who he wants to be liked by. He has UM in a long lease, he has the Orange Bowl and he could also lease out the stadium for more soccer events. But what could be done in one swoop would be to sell the land to Calder who are trying to expand with a hotel/resort like Hard Rock area basically adjacent to the casino and horse track for year round destination use.

    If the Dolphins left , sure it would suck for so many fans, but they have three major college programs that the state is fanatical about and the pro game would just become a memory from the 70′s and 80′s much like the Cocaine Cowboys and Miami Vice.

  60. rogergoodellsays says: Sep 28, 2012 6:33 PM

    Soon my plan for galactic domination will be complete! (Insert evil laugh here but I’m not evil because I’m God…ell.)

  61. therealraiderduck says: Sep 28, 2012 6:36 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Sep 28, 2012 4:35 PM
    Can’t wait to see what Ed Roski’s plan B is for his “shovel ready” project in COI?

    Outlet Mall? Indian Casino? Trailer Park?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    ================================

    Roski’s got nothing to worry about. The NFL wants two teams there, and Roski will get one of them.

    As a Raiders fan, I’d almost prefer his stadium. Everything I’ve read says the proposed Farmer’s Field location (next to the Staples Center) is uber-ghetto once you get a couple blocks outside the complex. Industry might be the better location.

  62. khmer379 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:50 PM

    the only time the vikings going to LA is when we play the radiers or charger in the superbowl!

  63. maximus929 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:51 PM

    Lived 25 years in LA… Can’t tell you how much we ALL hate the Chargers. I’ve met one person in that time who was a Chargers fan.

    That would be a disaster. I’d go to the stadium in Raiders gear just to boo the “home” team.

  64. purpleguy says: Sep 28, 2012 6:54 PM

    Why is there no talk of moving a FLA team there when none of them seem to be filling their stadiums at this time?

  65. gmsalpha says: Sep 28, 2012 6:58 PM

    I really like the Monday Night Football idea, except I would say it’s a stop-gap until they lure a team or two. In the meantime, give L.A a game every Monday of the NFL season to bring in revenue to make the stadium worth being built prior to landing a team.

    15 games per season isn’t far-fetched, considering they should have two teams, each having 8 games at home, with one annually being their VS game.

    The only question would be as with London, which team gets a “home” game taken away from them?

    Why not make an exception and have both teams playing an away game, including both wearing their road/alternate jerseys?

  66. dasmol says: Sep 28, 2012 7:10 PM

    Move the raiduhs, it’s a win win for everyone.

    LA gets a team. Oakland finally gets to see every game on TV, not just the good year. Southern Californian probation officers can make regular Sunday pickups at the games, and San Diego keeps the Chargers.

    Win, win.

  67. jrod2173 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:14 PM

    tomtravis76 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:27 PM

    It looks like more of an expansion of the league to 34 franchises.

    But if you look at what is going on with Miami and the history behind why owners leave, he is walking that path.
    —————————————————-
    I dont care whether they move or not to be honest. But just to clarify, I hope you are talking about Miami as a city and not the Dolphins when saying “the history behind why owners leave”. Because Ross is only the 3rd owner of the team EVER. The Robbie family had it since inception and Huizenga became part owner in 1990 after Joe died, and full owner in 1993. He was in control until he sold it to Ross in 2008. So in actuality, there has been very little turnover in the owner department.

    The problem isnt Miami, its losing, plain and simple. Winning changes everything.

  68. seahawks4alltime says: Sep 28, 2012 7:16 PM

    They should call it SUPERBOWL field, make it absolutely state of the art fantastic, and have the superbowl their every year. …And as one person already pointed out, you could hold all the Monday night games there as well. I like it.

  69. 86chawk says: Sep 28, 2012 7:18 PM

    Build the stadium for a Mexican futbol league….then the 1,000,000+ illegal aliens have something to do in L.A.

  70. upperdecker19 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:27 PM

    Let’s solve every problem with one potential team….

    Los Angeles Chargers of London

  71. mullman76 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:53 PM

    @ ALL charger fans- the desperation in your posts is palpable.
    The chargers had almost 10k unsold tickets to a game featuring two undefeated teams, just last week (bolts got exposed and rolled up vs the falcons).

    The spanos clan is as cheap as they come, don’t count on them doing anything with the “charger fans” in mind- they will hang you out to dry and all you’ll have left is the lowly padres, sea world and lego land.

    At least the weather is nice…

  72. notsurewhy2 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:55 PM

    The Bills are going to have a new 15 year lease by the end of the year.

  73. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 28, 2012 8:14 PM

    Yes, the Vikings are still considered for L.A.

    That’s why they announced their architect today to build the new stadium next to the metrodome after the bill was finally passed this last legislative session.

    They are correct though, L.A. Vikings did have a nice ring to it. As would Sacramento Vikings, Duluth Vikings, Arden Hills Vikings, Las Vegas Vikings, San Antonio Vikings, New Mexico Vikings, London Vikings, Amsterdamn Vikings, Ireland Vikings, New Hampshire Vikings…. New Hampshire..?!

    Any home team with the name Vikings has a good ring to it. As long as the Minnesota Vikings are still in existence, in Minnesota.

  74. tomtravis76 says: Sep 28, 2012 8:19 PM

    jrod2173,

    Sorry, why owners uproot their franchises from one city for the next.

    You just have to look at the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams, Houston Oilers, St.Louis Cardinals…its like Steve Ross is following the exact blueprint. He says he is doing everything he can to keep the team in South Florida, Miami Gardens, but at some point he will say enough is enough, and winning won’t keep the team in Miami Gardens. The history might stay ,but Ross will take the money and head west to LA .Unless the state gets more lube, but they have two NFL teams and Dade county can’t take another painful penetration.

  75. donnymacjack says: Sep 28, 2012 8:24 PM

    Bring the Rams back to LA and change the team colors back to blue and white.

  76. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 28, 2012 8:25 PM

    Really? Still beating that Bills-to-LA dead horse?

    Stand in front of a mirror and say “Ralph Wilson” three times. I dare ya.

    Oh, right. That won’t work.

  77. classygentleman7 says: Sep 28, 2012 8:27 PM

    Whatever team moves there, name should be Los Angeles Vipers

  78. tomsd1 says: Sep 28, 2012 8:27 PM

    Will somebody please tell the SD Union Tribune’s Nick Canepa about this? :)

    Many Charger fans – including this former season ticket holder – are tired of the false promises/hype year after year – with a supposedly underperforming team – and can’t stand the current GM – AJ Smith – or the very bland un-inspiring coach – Norv -Turner.

    They are gone to LA and Spanos the Younger can rake in much more moolah.

  79. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 29, 2012 8:32 AM

    Since when did Monday Night Football become worthy of a special site?
    The whole idea of MNF back in the day was to televise primetime football games to showcase entire cities in all their nightly, well-lite splendor.
    MNF was a chance for each home team to unleash its rabid fanbase with the entire nation watching.
    A Steelers-Ravens clash in front of a neutral crowd 3,000 miles away simply wouldn’t have the same impact that such a game now has in either snowy Baltimore or icy Pittsburgh…
    Holding MNF games in LA is such a dumb idea, Roger Goodell is probably in favor of doing just that…

  80. gtrdonald says: Sep 29, 2012 11:46 AM

    Whoever thinks that the Raiders will move back to Los Angeles is sorely mistaken. The city officials do NOT want the Raider image, nor the typical Raider fan back in Los Angeles. Who in their right mind would want to invite the bedlam that normally follows the Raiders and their fans to their brand new facility? Not Los Angeles.

  81. fuddpucker says: Sep 29, 2012 12:55 PM

    I think the NFL should reduce to 30 teams, just knock out the Jags and Bucs.

    And move the Raiders to L.A., I think SD is about to seal the deal on a new stadium anyway.

  82. The Liquid Culture Project says: Oct 22, 2012 2:24 PM

    San Diego’s 13th hour attempt to keep the Chargers will fail, why? Fire Norv Turner and AJ Smith, hire Jon Gruden who is a victory-engineer; move to a metropolitan area with 5x as many people and a new, state-of-the-art stadium downtown next to one of the nation’s most prominent sports franchises (the Lakers); and the economics just don’t add up to stay in San Diego, even if you get a new stadium.

    Even lackluster loyalty in LA that compares to the current situation in SD still provides the franchise a better opportunity to sellout given sheer market size alone. LA is larger and hungry for a team.

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