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AEG shakeup could mean the end of Farmers Field

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The stadium that had a naming-rights deal but no deal to build the stadium may never be a stadium.

According to SportsBusiness Daily, AEG chairman Philip Anschutz announced today that the company attempting to engineer the construction of a downtown L.A. NFL venue no longer is for sale, and that CEO Tim Leiweke will be leaving the organization.

It’s unclear what this means to the Farmers Field project, but Leiweke was spearheading the process.  If AEG gets out of the NFL business, the process will be set back to square one.

Unless a team wants to play in a stadium built on Ed Roski’s land at in the City of Industry.  And there’s no reason to believe any one wants to do that.

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49 Responses to “AEG shakeup could mean the end of Farmers Field”
  1. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2013 1:32 PM

    Not sure they could compete with USC or the Dodgers anyway…

  2. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2013 1:34 PM

    Good, whatever team moved to LA would have moved back out of LA within 10 years. I mean the Lakers have gone to the Finals in half (!!!) the last 25 years, and they’re one Clippers title away from losing half their fan base. LA is not a sports town, its a frontrunning town.

  3. richkotitte says: Mar 14, 2013 1:39 PM

    I guess it’s settled then, the Jags will be moving to London instead of L.A.

  4. jags2daship says: Mar 14, 2013 1:40 PM

    I guess this can end the (insert teams name here) should hurry up and move to LA talk. Good thing the billionaires already suckered the Vikings fans and state into giving them money.

  5. jimmyt says: Mar 14, 2013 1:42 PM

    It’s all just been a pipe dream anyway. The NFL has zero interest in putting a team there let alone two so can we just stop it already?

  6. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    Dean Spanos must be pissed, he’s been getting the team ready for a move.

  7. mrgroovesd says: Mar 14, 2013 1:45 PM

    Thank you! I’m tired of hearing about a stadium being built with no team.

  8. p4hbiz says: Mar 14, 2013 1:46 PM

    I actually Live in LA unlike a lot of you with a opinion. LA is the Entertainment capital of the world, build it and they will come.

  9. hrmlss says: Mar 14, 2013 1:46 PM

    Roski’s deal seems to be the best for the tax payers, all private money.

  10. sourdough says: Mar 14, 2013 1:46 PM

    But I thought LA was a “sure thing.”

    Humility LA citizens. Learn it, live it.

  11. mizzouram says: Mar 14, 2013 1:48 PM

    This can only mean one thing…the Rams are moving to LA!

  12. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 14, 2013 1:49 PM

    L.A. doesn’t deserve an NFL team. The people there may be cool but everyone is mostly just concerned with their own part of the world and there is little sense of community.

  13. humb0lt says: Mar 14, 2013 1:51 PM

    There goes Mark Davis’ best chance to move the Raiders back to his home town.

  14. schmitty2 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:57 PM

    p4hbiz says:Mar 14, 2013 1:46 PM

    I actually Live in LA unlike a lot of you with a opinion. LA is the Entertainment capital of the world, build it and they will come.

    I live in LA LIKE you and I can assure you LA fans are mostly a bunch of bandwagonners not to mention they show up late and leave early. If its a team thats not winning those seats will be half empty

  15. brazy44 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:59 PM

    Good. Who wanted to go to an NFL game where you couldn’t tailgate anyway?

  16. joseffar says: Mar 14, 2013 2:10 PM

    As an ardent football fan living in LA I have lots of friends that have been looking forward to seeing football return to Los Angeles despite the fact that Farmers Field would vastly increase a rough traffic situation. But I am unusual in that most LA peeps are just not that into the NFL. We have so many other interests beyond football and great weather that assures us that we can do a lot more on a Sunday than sit inside and watch TV. In short, NFL action in LA is a tough sell.

  17. citizenstrange says: Mar 14, 2013 2:11 PM

    Shoot, any billionaire knows you don’t build a stadium with your own money. That’s what all that free tax payer money is for. Bilking 101

  18. phinfan says: Mar 14, 2013 2:13 PM

    Hows this effect the Dolphins bridery? Didn’t Ross invest in AEG???

  19. fhuizar says: Mar 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    The envy of LA is comical here

    LA has everything you can ask for and is doing great without the NFL

    LA doesn’t NEED the NFL like other cities around the nation

    You got Oakland/SF/SD/Arizona all within a hour or so if you take a flight there.

  20. granadafan says: Mar 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    “ilovefoolsball says:Mar 14, 2013 1:49 PM
    L.A. doesn’t deserve an NFL team. The people there may be cool but everyone is mostly just concerned with their own part of the world and there is little sense of community.”
    ================================================

    You do realize that LA is a very large city with millions of people who have lived here for generations, right? Otherwise, you wouldn’t have made such an ignorant and completely uninformed statement.

  21. alonestartexan says: Mar 14, 2013 2:16 PM

    Some people should refrain from posting.

    Los Angeles would support ONE franchise with no problems. Winning or not.

    After all, they’ve supported the Dodgers forever and they haven’t won since I was 6 years old (I’m 30 now.)

    Teams will now threaten to move to San Antonio. :)

  22. rsd195502 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:17 PM

    I thought the Rams moving back to LA was a done deal? So now what, do you have to wait another 18 years to get a chance at a team?

  23. alonestartexan says: Mar 14, 2013 2:18 PM

    joseffar says:
    But I am unusual in that most LA peeps are just not that into the NFL. We have so many other interests beyond football and great weather that assures us that we can do a lot more on a Sunday than sit inside and watch TV. In short, NFL action in LA is a tough sell.

    Then why does the NFL enjoy some of it’s largest viewing audiences in Los Angeles, and so many complain that if LA DOES get a team, that they won’t be able to watch their teams anymore?

  24. fhuizar says: Mar 14, 2013 2:25 PM

    “LA doesn’t deserve a team”

    Signed

    Tampa, Jacksonville, St Louis, San Diego, Cincinnati, and Buffalo

    Tarp or no tarp covering seats this season?

  25. officialgame says: Mar 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    I think the name Farmer Field killed it. Sounds like a dumping ground for serial killers.

  26. kd75 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    LA had its chance to support three NFL teams and didn’t. Chargers, Raiders and Rams all left. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result.

    Its been what 20 years since the Rams left town? There’s a whole generation of NFL fans in LA who have already picked their fav teams and I wouldn’t expect them to dump that team for a relocated or expansion team just because its in LA.

    Besides a team in LA would completely screw up the current divisional alignment, which is pretty good right now.

  27. jgrange says: Mar 14, 2013 2:33 PM

    I would like the Raiders to move back to LA with a legitimate stadium deal – one in which helps them become a large market team to match their far ranging fanbase which is still very active across the globe even in down years. I’m biased but I think if the Raiders rebuild correctly as they seem to be doing then a larger market will make them an attractive draw and a very valuable asset for the state of California and the NFL, overall. Plus, every other fan seems to hate them and talk about them even when they aren’t relevant so they will go the games to spew their passion which is still money for everybody.

    The problem is that I don’t think they can move without selling the team and I don’t think I want the Raiders out of Al Davis’s family’s hands so quickly as I value loyalty and tradition so I would like to see his son succeed wherever the team is located instead of trading it all in for excess.

  28. bunjy96 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:33 PM

    brazy44 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:59 PM

    Good. Who wanted to go to an NFL game where you couldn’t tailgate anyway?

    XXXX

    Dumbest thing ever, putting a football stadium downtown, plus, with no tailgate facilities.

  29. rsd195502 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:37 PM

    Wasn’t there some kind of grass roots effort (BBTLARAMS) or something like that. I think they even had a Facebook page (must have been 10 or 12 followers on the page and it looked like that Liewike (SP?) guy was even in some of the pictures). That’s a lot of pull isn’t it? Don’t you think the NFL sees stuff like that and is compelled to put a team back in LA? I asked earlier….so now what?

  30. rajbais says: Mar 14, 2013 2:38 PM

    I knew this would fail. When people write the ending of a story that has never developed the story never happens at all!!!

  31. rodeoclowndc says: Mar 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Bucrightoff:

    You mentioned “Clippers” and “title” in the same sentence.

    Have you suffered a head trauma recently?

  32. arrowdead says: Mar 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    we are farmers, done done done DONE DONE DONE!

  33. rajbais says: Mar 14, 2013 2:45 PM

    @humbolt

    Not true. He was at a Clippers’ game with Ed Roski not too long ago. He denied stadium talks, but the Roski option should be thought about.

  34. radrntn says: Mar 14, 2013 2:50 PM

    not really a shock, since AEG has been up for sale since September. Just hoping Burkle is the guy who buys them.

  35. pftisterrible says: Mar 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    If the Rams aren’t going to move to Los Angeles, then they should be forced to play late games at home against opponents in the NFC West. It’s totally bogus to have teams play divisional road games at 10AM pacific time in St. Louis- two time zones away.

  36. rsd195502 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:01 PM

    Didn’t this article just state that AEG IS NO LONGER FOR SALE? How is Burkle going to buy a company that isn’t for sale?

  37. nahcouldntbethat says: Mar 14, 2013 3:04 PM

    Calling all LA billionaires: if LA is going to get an NFL team one of you guys is going to have to pony up to buy a team, build a stadium and move the team into it when it’s complete.

    That’s how it’s done these days.

    And to the people who say LA has a large population and a permanent culture: that population is mostly lower middle-class and poor.

    The permanent culture is Hollywood, a bunch of impoverished folks and then a ring of well to do who encircle the metro area at a substantial distance.

    That’s why LA lost both franchises they had in the past.

    Anybody who brings an NFL team to LA better figure out how to sell 75k $150-$1000 seats a week without drawing on local “industry” as their main customers.

  38. natelan69 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:06 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    -Signed,
    CHARGERS FANS

  39. gmsalpha says: Mar 14, 2013 3:06 PM

    Who actually has a chance of moving to L.A?

    Not the Bills. Not the Vikings. Probably not the Rams.

    Looks like the Raiders, Chargers, and Jags are all that’s left in play. The Dolphins probably won’t get their taxpayer money for upgrades, but I don’t see them leaving.

    The options are getting pretty slim for possible candidates moving to Los Angeles, so it will be interesting to see how many games are blacked out in San Diego this year, how many tarps are in Jacksonville, and whether or not the Raiders will bit the bullet and work out a deal to rent space from the Niners in Santa Clara.

    It’s all very interesting to watch, but my guess is 10 years from now, Los Angeles still won’t have a team.

  40. mullman76 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:08 PM

    As a 4th generation Californian, I can tell you what the problem is with the fanbase– Southern California is home to millions of transplants.

    They come from all corners of the country and usually root for their “home teams”.

    Stay home people.

  41. andreweac says: Mar 14, 2013 3:10 PM

    As a taxpayer in the county of LA I’m relieved to hear the deal is dead.

    No welfare for billionaires. No subsidies for billionaires.

  42. lafan101 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:18 PM

    Phil Anschutz has never been a huge fan of the NFL and that’s probably why Tim Leiweke was fired.

    They say they are still in it for football:

    AEG also said Farmers Field – the company’s attempt to lure an NFL team to Los Angeles with a downtown stadium – remains a priority.

    Still think football comes back to Los Angeles, but at Chavez Ravine/Dodger Stadium.

  43. jags2daship says: Mar 14, 2013 3:18 PM

    Dont be hating on our Tarps. We intentionally built a stadium sooo large, that we had extra room to sell advertising on top of our extra seats. Yet we still have more seats than many NFL teams. Is that genius or what?!

  44. whereyaat says: Mar 14, 2013 3:32 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    -Signed,
    CHARGERS FANS

    ==================
    Not so fast. With L.A. out of the picture, it means that the Chargers will be even FARTHER away from San Diego when Spanos moves the team because he can’t get a taxpayer-built stadium. :)

    And for all of those haters out there, when was the last time you saw an NBA game with full attendance in:
    Detroit, Atlanta, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New Orleans.

    L.A. has had sellouts at Clippers games for years, even when they were turrible. The market could support an NFL team easily.

    I used to think towns like Atlanta and Detroit were sports towns, but those fans are sooooooo fairweather, lol.

  45. jeffrey723 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:43 PM

    The Roski plan is the only one that makes sense for taxpayers, traffic, and tailgaters.

    The AEG plan deserves to be boiled in poison oil. It’s millionaires on the LA city council giving away taxpayer money to richer millionaires. Nothing good will come of it and I’m happy to see it die.

    As someone who lives a stone’s throw from the intersection of the 10 & 110 freeways, it’s just about the worst place imaginable for a football stadium. Plus LA has a proven track record of not being able to keep a team. Moving a new franchise here with the promise of filling 80,000 seats for the next 20 years is delusional.

  46. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2013 4:25 PM

    Rodeoclown

    I know, its still pretty strange to say. But at this point the Clippers are closer to a title than the Lakers. The overriding point remains. I mean right now I bet half of LA has taken down their Trojan car flags and replaced them with Bruin ones. Its about who’s hot now in LA.

  47. kivory2 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:27 PM

    Some of you are unbelievable. THE JAGS ARE NOT MOVING!!!!!!!!

  48. whereyaat says: Mar 14, 2013 6:20 PM

    As someone who lives a stone’s throw from the intersection of the 10 & 110 freeways, it’s just about the worst place imaginable for a football stadium.
    =========================

    Amen, brother. That is why I do not want to work/live near there. Traffic there is already a nightmare.

    Could you imagine if the Dodgers, Lakers/Clippers, and the L.A. Chargers all had games on the same day? (Would have to happen in early November, I guess.) Toss in a UCLA or USC game and you could stall half of L.A.

  49. arrowdead says: Mar 14, 2013 10:16 PM

    tear down the entire area of La Brea and build a shrine to Deion Sanders

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