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Goodell unaware of “stadium development” plans at Hollywood Park site

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At his annual Super Bowl press conference Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he was aware Rams owner Stan Kroenke had purchased 60 acres of land outside of Los Angeles, but Goodell also said he did not know of any designs on turning the sizable plot into a potential new stadium.

“There are no plans, to my knowledge, of a stadium development,” Goodell said. “Anything that would require any kind of stadium development requires multiple votes of the membership.”

Goodell noted that Kroenke has sizable real estate holdings around the world and cautioned about too much dot-connecting about the Rams’ future in a market other than St. Louis.

“I think instead of overreacting, we should make sure we do what’s necessary to continue to support the team locally, which the fans have done in St. Louis, and make sure we can do whatever we can to make sure that team is successful in the St. Louis market,” Goodell said.

Goodell also said that Kroenke, as per league policy, has kept the NFL in the loop regarding his new Los Angeles-area land holdings.

The land is located between the Forum sports arena and Hollywood Park in Inglewood, which is a little more than 10 miles outside of Los Angeles.

UPDATE 1:29 p.m. ET: Speaking to NFL Network, Goodell said Kroenke “has not determined what he’s going to do with that property and how he’s going to develop it.”

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14 Responses to “Goodell unaware of “stadium development” plans at Hollywood Park site”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jan 31, 2014 12:28 PM

    Translation: Better build a new taxpayer funded stadium St. Louis or you can kiss your team goodbye.

  2. backdapack4evr says: Jan 31, 2014 12:37 PM

    Ask the Vikings
    They need something different to change their losing ways.

  3. hawlbs says: Jan 31, 2014 12:44 PM

    As a season ticket holder since 1995, I say let them go. No more tax money for these 1%ers. Between the security hassles and high prices at the stadium they have made going to a game hardly worth the effort. I can stay home and watch in HD…save the season ticket money (including the crappy preseason games)…and go see them when the travel to the Midwest…and come out way ahead. Good luck selling out LA.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 31, 2014 12:44 PM

    So he’s saying it’s possible this voting process took place and nobody in the world clued him in on that? Is this a regular thing that things are voted on and Goodell has no knowledge of it? With that added clause, to my knowledge, that implies that every time a vote is made it is either private and secret to Goodell or formally declared to him.

    Who are the people in charge of deciding if a voting issue is one that Goodell can know about, and how does that process work? This sounds like a fascinating decision making model to understand further. But all of this is just runaround banter, nobody is asking about a stadium development, they are asking if this is a precursor to a stadium development in the future. I bet he has all kinds of knowledge about a precursor to a stadium development.

    There is no value in him notifying us that a stadium development is not technically in place, no kidding? He must think we are all really stupid people, because that’s how he talks to us. Just giving my even-keeled reaction.

  5. hummer53 says: Jan 31, 2014 12:48 PM

    Kind of misleading about site. If you stand in that parking lot. You won’t feel your “outside of Los Angeles” In fact, you’ll feel your right in the middle of it.

  6. floratiotime says: Jan 31, 2014 12:52 PM

    LA supports USC. It’s just not a big NFL city. Face it.

  7. maddog70 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:12 PM

    This is why you won’t see a expansion team in LA for a long time. Moving the team to LA is the perfect threat to teams like Rams, Chargers or Raiders. As long as LA has no team, NFL owners can use the threat to move to get a new stadium or better deal for their lease.

  8. maddog70 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:12 PM

    This is why you won’t see a expansion team in LA for a long time. Moving the team to LA is the perfect threat to teams like Rams, Chargers or Raiders. As long as LA has no team, NFL owners can use the threat to move to get a new stadium or better deal for their lease.

  9. kivory82 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:13 PM

    You can tell Godell is lying

  10. yooperman says: Jan 31, 2014 1:26 PM

    Watch your wallet St Louis. Next he and Kraft will fly to St Louis to talk to officials just like he did in MN. Same play book, different page.

  11. arodgersgloryhole says: Jan 31, 2014 1:32 PM

    Did he realize there was a Super Bowl this Weekend?

  12. i10east says: Jan 31, 2014 4:29 PM

    I’m sure that some delusional ‘domino effect conspiracy theorist’ “Rams, to LA, Jags to STL…” LOL at them…

  13. chalie16 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:30 PM

    Jags aren’t going anywhere the previous owner negotiated a lease that makes it virtually impossible for the current owner to move the team.

  14. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:47 PM

    The reason LA won’t have an NFL team is neither the City or the State are going to hand a billion dollar corporate welfare check to an NFL team owner. If/when the NFL comes to LA, it will have to do it on its own dime, and under conditions and terms dictated by LA. Plans that include taxpayer-funded stadiums don’t pass the smell test.

    Anytime an NFL owner threatens to move his team the local government should offer to call Bekins for him. Whatever happened to refusing to negotiate with terrorists?

    The claims that buying a stadium generates more revenue than it costs are highly suspect.

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