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Anschutz says Farmers Field is not dead

(EL) NOCCHIO05 DENVER, COLORADO APRIL 05, 2007-- Philip Anschutz walks out of court Thursday after being the first witnesses for the defense in the Joe Nacchio trail. DENVER POST PHOTO BY RJ SANGOSTI Getty Images

The shakeup that resulted in AEG being off the market and CEO Tim Leiweke out of a job doesn’t change the company’s plan to bring the NFL back to L.A.

In fact, there’s a chance Thursday’s events intensify it.

“It’s time for the NFL to get serious and decide what they want to do,” Philip Anschutz told the Los Angeles Daily News. “It doesn’t do any good to sit on the sidelines all the time.  Clearly a deal can get done.  And by the way, this isn’t a terribly complicated deal to get done.”

He’s right, but the NFL won’t return to L.A. without the right deal.  Translation, the deal that allows the NFL to make a killing, even if it leads to the possible death of its partner.  Though Anschutz isn’t the type to be steamrollered, snookered, or bamboozled, he’s showing a bit too much of a desire to get this done, which the NFL can and will use against him.

“I’ve been in the deal-making business for almost 50 years now,” Anschutz said.  “I’ve made a lot of them.

“I think [Thursday’s announcement] is a strong signal that structuring a deal should not be hard.  There is nothing magic.  We own 100-percent interests of venues around the world and partial interests of ventures around the world.  We own 100-percent sports teams and we own partial sports teams.  There’s no magic here.”

It’s not about magic.  It’s about money.  The NFL won’t return to L.A. until it can do the right deal.  In other words, the best deal.

Anschutz’s words and actions suggest that he wants to do a deal.  Which means that the league will continue to keep its heels dug in until Anschutz agrees to the best deal for the league.

Even if it’s a bad deal for Anschutz.

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34 Responses to “Anschutz says Farmers Field is not dead”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:09 AM

    the league is more successful now than ever. why would they want to risk another flop in L.A?

  2. slizzyslizz says: Mar 15, 2013 12:09 AM

    ::yawn::

  3. veence69 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:10 AM

    Dear Los Angeles,

    (Clears throat, shuffles papers)

    No one cares.

    Sincerely,
    NFL Fans

  4. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:10 AM

    i read this and thought of tonights The Office episode. At a funeral, Schrutes make sure are dead, because of some past unfortunate heavy sleeper mishaps. BANG BANG BANG.

  5. silverhornet says: Mar 15, 2013 12:12 AM

    bless you

  6. eatitfanboy says: Mar 15, 2013 12:20 AM

    Anschutz “is showing a bit too much desire to get a deal done”? The NFL will can and will use [it] against him?

    “The league will continue to keep its heels dug in until Anschutz agrees to the best deal for the league. Even if it’s a bad deal for Anschutz.”?

    Listen, I know the NFL is the center of your universe. But if you think a businessman like Phil Anschutz is going to let the NFL bully him into making a bad deal, you need to expand your horizons a little bit.

    If anything, Anschutz’ comments put more pressure on the NFL. He’s basically telling them- “Listen. You went around and around with Leiweke for two years trying to squeeze him and you see where it’s gotten you- he’s gone and now you’re dealing with me. Now let’s cut the BS and get it done.”

    Both sides will make billions on this deal. But if you think the big, bad NFL intimidates Phil Anschutz, you’re dreaming.

  7. skoobyfl says: Mar 15, 2013 12:24 AM

    It’ll grow with the right seeds.

  8. alonestartexan says: Mar 15, 2013 12:26 AM

    I would just like for the NFL to return to Los Angeles for the following reasons…

    1. We don’t have to hear about it anymore.
    2. Los Angeles will no longer be a reason to hold communities hostage.
    3. The 2nd largest market will have a franchise. That would create a HUGE cash cow, which would make the rest of the league richer, which means owners will spend more money to win.
    4. We don’t have to hear about it anymore.

    Honestly, It should be the Raiders. They already have a huge fanbase in L.A., they’ve already played in L.A., and few people in Oakland care anyway.

  9. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Mar 15, 2013 12:29 AM

    Smokescreen, atlanta Jacksonville saint Louis San Diego Oakland buffalo London Cincinnati Tampa bay Miami and new Orleans all need new stadiums first OBVIOUSLY. Can’t get public money without the threat of moving to LA.

    -a Vikings fan from Minnesota.

  10. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:31 AM

    The NFL owners commit collusion so often and so much it’s ridiculous and obvious! Have you ever seen so much contract restructuring, pay cut demanding and one year deals being handed out?

    Every time an article comes out about a team moving to L.A. I get a gut feeling it’s going to be the Raiders. I believe their lease on the Coliseum is up after 2013 and plans to build a new stadium in Oakland are moving at a snails pace.

  11. MyTeamsAllStink says: Mar 15, 2013 12:32 AM

    And neither is Elvis.

  12. silvestregonzalez74 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:36 AM

    Probably leiweke was the problem for the nfl,now that he’s out the way the NFL can negotiate with anschutz for a realitic deal not like the one Tim leiweke put on the table,you think a NFL owner would want to sell 30% of the team at a discount price with relocation fee’s.heck no!!!! Now the NFL will finally do business with AEG,even council woman Jane Perry said with not selling this could probably speed things along.

  13. BigBeachBall says: Mar 15, 2013 12:38 AM

    Ansultz basically wants to set up a dunkin donut shop next to a police station.. And make windfall profits…. The duncan donut franchiser is the NFL.. And Those two are negotiating whether to do a 50/50 split in profits or a 60/40.

  14. blackngold4life says: Mar 15, 2013 12:46 AM

    SMH..the NFL wont survive in LA..Especially with the Raiders 3rd time around..They CANT even sell out the Coliseum.It would have to be a brand new franchise to even have a chance.. We love our Lakers & Dodgers..footballs been gone for so long Everybodys forget about it.

  15. bigdogsolec says: Mar 15, 2013 1:39 AM

    We own 100-percent interests of venues around the world and partial interests of ventures around the world. We own 100-percent sports teams and we own partial sports teams. There’s no magic here.”

    uhmm ,sorry the NFL an it’s OWNERS own 100% of this franchise.
    wanna start pushing that way , take your stadium deal an “SHOVE IT “

  16. bearflagfan says: Mar 15, 2013 1:43 AM

    Deals get done when both parties can get a win from their perspective. I fail to see any win-win here. AEG doesn’t need an NFL team to be successful, and the NFL doesn’t need an LA team so badly as to bow to Anschutz’s demands. The City of LA remains too dysfunctional to get any public money involved, and liberal-but-frugal taxpayers turned down a 0.5% sales tax to balance city budgets (a whopping ten cents on every $20!)

    Prediction: No NFL deal with Anschutz will be done in his lifetime. If the NFL returns to LA in the next decade, it won’t involve AEG or LA City.

  17. jimiinpa says: Mar 15, 2013 1:46 AM

    fool’s and their money……you know the rest

  18. johnnytubetop says: Mar 15, 2013 2:32 AM

    The league doesn’t want a team in L.A. They just want the possibility to exist so any franchise can threaten to move there as a way of bullying local taxpayers into buying them a new stadium/upgrades every few years.

  19. fancycash34 says: Mar 15, 2013 2:35 AM

    Oh no, poor LA. You don’t deserve an NFL team

  20. silvernblak says: Mar 15, 2013 3:49 AM

    Sounds like a good landing spot for the Raiders. We need a new stadium more then any team and it just might put the spark we need back in this team. Instead of being the worst football team with the worst facilities, why not? If it translates to money and wins? Im all in!

  21. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 15, 2013 5:25 AM

    What a tool.

  22. jredshoes says: Mar 15, 2013 6:06 AM

    We are farmers bah bah bah bah bah bah bah

  23. larry321 says: Mar 15, 2013 7:23 AM

    Schooling Phil Anschutz on how best to negotiate!! He’s built a multibillion empire, but lets show him how it’s done.

  24. tomthebombtracy says: Mar 15, 2013 7:34 AM

    PFT is my favorite blog and congrats on the page view records.

    My second is the Bob Lefsetz blog on entertainment which only rarely deals with sports. He did have a great one yesterday on AEG about their deal with the NFL dead. Location, location, location. He insists that the league knows people will not come downtown to L.A. in NFL type numbers. They’d never get there and/or they’d never get out.

  25. jimmyt says: Mar 15, 2013 7:45 AM

    This is becoming comical.

  26. joetoronto says: Mar 15, 2013 8:20 AM

    The Chargers are ready, Dean Spanos has been cutting salaries at an alarming rate, even for him.

    Gotta make the team as lean as possible before selling it.

  27. rajbais says: Mar 15, 2013 8:28 AM

    “We own 100-percent sports teams and we own partial sports teams. There’s no magic here.”

    That killed everything!!!!

    It’s called exit fees, buddy!!!

  28. pksullivanmha says: Mar 15, 2013 8:36 AM

    Who will bite the bullet and go there. I am reasonably sure who won’t. @footballady52 🏈

  29. modellforprez says: Mar 15, 2013 9:34 AM

    what the owners never approved a franchise to Ari Gold??

  30. abninf says: Mar 15, 2013 9:50 AM

    Austin, TX should get a new team. Half the population of LA has moved there so it would be a win-win.

  31. rg3andthensome says: Mar 15, 2013 10:12 AM

    Dear Anshutz,

    No matter how tough you act…You will never be Gordon Gecko.

    Stop using the word deal every 3rd sentence please.

  32. eatitfanboy says: Mar 15, 2013 10:13 AM

    tomthebombtracy says:
    Mar 15, 2013 7:34 AM
    the league knows people will not come downtown to L.A. in NFL type numbers. They’d never get there and/or they’d never get out.
    ==================

    So the league knows this but the guy that owns the Staples Center doesn’t. Right.

  33. armeniandelight4 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:22 AM

    jredshoes says:
    Mar 15, 2013 6:06 AM
    We are farmers bah bah bah bah bah bah bah

    This delights me.

  34. NoHomeTeam says: Mar 15, 2013 1:26 PM

    alonestartexan says: I would just like for the NFL to return to Los Angeles for the following reasons…
    1. We don’t have to hear about it anymore.
    2. Los Angeles will no longer be a reason to hold communities hostage.
    3. The 2nd largest market will have a franchise. That would create a HUGE cash cow, which would make the rest of the league richer, which means owners will spend more money to win.
    4. We don’t have to hear about it anymore.

    Honestly, It should be the Raiders. They already have a huge fanbase in L.A., they’ve already played in L.A., and few people in Oakland care anyway.

    *******************
    I was more or less with you right up to this point. There isn’t a huge fan base for the Raiders here. There isn’t a huge fan base for the Raiders anywhere anymore, really.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (and again, and again, and again). Any team that relocates here must abandon its former identity. All records, colors, logos — everything. If there’s going to be any chance of Angelenos en mass embracing a team, it must effectively be cut from whole cloth, a la the Ravens in Baltimore.

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