AEG still talking about an NFL stadium in Los Angeles

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The NFL hasn’t had a franchise in Los Angeles since the Rams and Raiders left town in 1995, and there are no plans to put a team there any time soon. But AEG, the sports and music company that owns the Staples Center among other arenas, is still talking about building a stadium for an NFL team in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that AEG Vice President Ted Tanner told a Los Angeles Convention Center panel that plans for a stadium are still in play.

That stadium, which would be called Farmers Field, won’t actually be built unless there’s a commitment from the NFL to put a team in Los Angeles. And right now there are no plans to put a team in Los Angeles.

But the mere fact that the NFL has a big company that’s talking about luring a team to L.A. is helpful to the league’s interests: If places like St. Louis and Buffalo don’t give their teams the stadiums they want, the league can use the possibility of a move to Los Angeles as leverage.

51 responses to “AEG still talking about an NFL stadium in Los Angeles

  1. Goodell’s legacy: Build a new stadium or else we”ll move your team! He has threaten to withhold the super bowl from Atalanta. Jacksonville is always an open ended threat, Bills, & Rams as well. San Diego & Oakland names get thrown around.

    He wants fans to come to the games rather than stay at home but why should anyone pay big bucks in those cities, get attached to the team only to constantly hear they’re on the trading block?

  2. Why is there a photo of Tim Leiweke? Sorry, but he’s not wasting his time with the LA market anymore. He’s working in Toronto to bring one of the Bills/Jags/Rams/Vikings/Chargers/Raiders to the great city of Toronto in front of a packed house that craves NFL football.

    Which team will it be?

  3. If the NFL were smart, they would have a “Game of the Week” at the stadium and require each team to give up one home game (at their home field) every two years to fill the schedule.

  4. realnflmaster says:
    Feb 18, 2014 9:24 AM
    Why is there a photo of Tim Leiweke? Sorry, but he’s not wasting his time with the LA market anymore. He’s working in Toronto to bring one of the Bills/Jags/Rams/Vikings/Chargers/Raiders to the great city of Toronto in front of a packed house that craves NFL football.

    Which team will it be?

    Why would you mention the Vikings? If you are a “RealNFLMaster” then you should know the Vikings are getting a new stadium in Minnesota.

  5. It seems like the possibility that any team could move to LA is more valuable to the league than actually having a team in LA.

  6. Both the NFL (LA) and NBA (Seattle) have figured out that it’s good for business to have a city on the sideline waiting for a relocation.

  7. Yadda, yadda. Old story. Until Kroenke gets what he wants, one billion or more to pay the relocation fee, plus a billion dollar stadium built without any of his money, and a “sweetheart” lease including all/most of parking, luxury suites, naming rights and concession revenue, he is not moving. Just the increase in the value of his franchise will not do it. Ok LA, “pony up” and you can get the Rams.

  8. The second largest city in America failed to support two teams. What, exactly has changed? With the continued talk of a LA team, and a London team, the NFL is becoming a mockery of itself.

  9. drsportsjock says: Feb 18, 2014 10:00 AM

    Doesn’t seem like the city of Los Angeles has been without a team for that long, until you realize that 1995 is almost 40 years ago.
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    19 years is nowhere near 40 years.

    much math!

  10. drsportsjock says:
    Feb 18, 2014 10:00 AM

    Doesn’t seem like the city of Los Angeles has been without a team for that long, until you realize that 1995 is almost 40 years ago.

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    Nice math, bro.

  11. Goodell is a leach sucking up corporate welfare for his billionaire friends from hard working Americans across the country.

  12. As a So.Cal. resident (not in L.A. County…..thus not paying a cent to the greedy owner that comes here), I can tell you all that a majority of people out here could care less if we have an NFL team. This is Lakers/Dodgers/Trojans country. Any NFL team would be a distant 4th, at best. Just ask the Chargers.

  13. There is no reason why a crap town like Seattle has a football team and not L.A. Even the NBA wanted to get the hell out of dodge.

    The Sounders were the most popular team in Seattle prior to 2012.

  14. drsportsjock says:
    Feb 18, 2014 10:59 AM
    To everyone criticizing my math skillz, TWO (2) teams gone for NINETEEN (19) years equals 38 years, almost 40.
    Thanks,
    DrSportsJock

    Thanks for the opportunity for us to criticize your spelling, as well.

  15. If the NFL had true strategic vision it would start moving more teams out of California. After decades of mismanagement, it’s well on its way to being a hypertaxed dust bowl. The population is fleeing in droves.

  16. jpaq68 says: Feb 18, 2014 11:23 AM
    Thanks for the opportunity for us to criticize your spelling, as well.

    Thankz for the unnecessary comma as well

    Thanks
    DrSportsJock

  17. “weepingjebus says:
    Feb 18, 2014 11:42 AM
    If the NFL had true strategic vision it would start moving more teams out of California. After decades of mismanagement, it’s well on its way to being a hypertaxed dust bowl. The population is fleeing in droves.”

    What? Clearly you dont live here. Or visit. Which is perfect. Stay in your shanty house in loserville.

  18. “drsportsjock says:
    Feb 18, 2014 10:59 AM
    To everyone criticizing my math skillz, TWO (2) teams gone for NINETEEN (19) years equals 38 years, almost 40.”
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    Dude, you should have just admitted your mistake and laughed it off with some self deprecation. Now you just look like a fool.

  19. Fantasy Football Consultant says:
    Feb 18, 2014 9:47 AM

    Just being the Rams back where they belong
    *********
    Cleveland?

  20. weepingjebus says:Feb 18, 2014 11:42 AM

    If the NFL had true strategic vision it would start moving more teams out of California. After decades of mismanagement, it’s well on its way to being a hypertaxed dust bowl. The population is fleeing in droves.

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    Here comes the fact train, last stop is you.

    The population in fact has been growing and the businesses that do leave are replaced 4:1 by the ones that decide to set up shop. And yes the legislature is dysfunctional but worked together to create a surplus the last two years running!

    But don’t let your right wing vitriol get in the way of your ignorance. Then again they do go hand in hand.

  21. The NFL has already said “No” to a downtown L.A. stadium because of the congestion and lack of appropriate supporting infrastructure.

    It’ll be the City of Industry….and even if they started building now, it’ll take 3 to 4 years to complete.

    We want a team here in SoCal, but not in downtown L.A.

  22. Has anyone heard this rumor of Oklahoma City pursuing the Raiders?

    First of all why?Both Dallas and Kansas City are close by and I can’t imagine them allowing that,second why the Raiders?Do they have a criminal fan base in OKC that would support them?

  23. So many idiots who know nothing about LA or the people who live here always trashing us because we couldn’t keep teams 20 years ago.

    Times have changed. The NFL landscape has changed. We never had a stadium. No team is safe without a stadium even your precious team that you swear has the best fans in the world would relocate without an adequate facility.

    Just stop.

  24. The Vikings will open their new stadium in 2016 in Minnesota before a shovel is even put into the ground in Los Angeles for a stadium. No NFL owner wants to share Los Angeles revenue, and the only owner that could can’t get out til at least 2015 and will have to play at the Rose Bowl or somewhere as it takes at least a year for a ground clean up study and an actual blueprint for a new stadium design to be complete before ground breaking can even happen.

    But, yes, Los Angeles Viking could still happen. Even though the team just agreed to pay 6 million for upgrades to a college stadium they’ll the next 2 seasons while their new stadium is currently under construction, which it already is.

  25. I’m sure it will be the Vikings that move. The Metrodome is currently being demolished….new stadium is already under construction….but yeah. They’ll move to L.A. The PFT comment section never disapoints. Parade of morons.

  26. For those of you who just don’t get it (and explaining it for the umpteenth time isn’t going to change anything, I know)… let me explain what happened with the NFL in Los Angeles.

    For those of you who think L.A. can’t support a team… you are wrong. The Raiders moved here with a promise that the Coliseum would eventually be upgraded to include luxury boxes. This is a HUGE money maker for the any sports franchise and Davis wanted in on it. The powers that be at the coliseum did not follow through with their promise so Al Davis took his team back to Oakland where they built him “Mount Davis” at the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders had an average attendance in Los Angeles that was greater than a lot of teams do today in their respective cities. So why were there always blackouts in Los Angeles for Raider games? The Los Angeles Coliseum held upwards of 93,000 people the way it was configured when the Raiders called it home. Go ahead and list all the teams that can sell that out week after week… I’ll wait.

    As for the Rams, they were a successful (attendance wise) franchise for Los Angeles (Anaheim) for 46 years. The teams owner Georgia Frontiere was basically believed to have sabotaged the team in a way that would drop attendance numbers so that she could move the team to St. Louis, her home town, with the promise of 20 million guaranteed profits as well as seat licensing, a sweet lease deal for a new stadium (which Anaheim/L.A. would not agree to build) and so on and so on. You need only watch the movie “Major League” to know what happened to the Rams.

    Now, will any of this change the minds of those that think they know the L.A. market? Of course not. So I basically typed all this just to waste time. But there is one thing that all you L.A. haters are correct about. We are “fair weather” fans. You know why? Because we have fair weather! There a million things to do in Los Angeles… and the weather usually permits you to do all of it year round. So if you’re going to bring a team to Los Angeles and expect people to pony up hundreds of dollars and fight the worst traffic in the nation to attend the game downtown, you damn well better make this team a contender real fast. Because nobody here is going to spend any money on a crappy product when this city already has champion teams in other sports that they can spend their money on. It’s that simple. If you can’t compete… we won’t waste our time. If that makes us horrible fans than so be it. I call it be financially smart not to spend money on a crappy team.

    So in conclusion, yes, Los Angeles can support an NFL team… they just better not suck otherwise we’ll just take the family to Disneyland instead.

  27. Don’t they use LA as leverage anyways?

    The only leverage that is hold San Diego back is the delusion inside team attorney Mark Fabiani’s head. Apparently, he forgot that San Diego will never give him a stadium no matter how hard he wastes his time and that San Diego’s civilians don’t go to their games anymore.

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