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    LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    The head of the sports and entertainment firm that wants to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles has been in talks with officials from five teams about the proposed venue, a company official said Friday.
    Anschutz Entertainment Group President and CEO Tim Leiweke has spoken with representatives from the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars, company spokesman Michael Roth told The Associated Press.
    Leiweke said all those teams are "in the mix," but conceded, "We're not packing any (moving) vans right now," according to the Orange County Register, which was first to report on the talks.
    The most recent discussion took place a week ago, said Leiweke, who didn't specify which team was involved.
    Leiweke also told the Register that AEG owner Philip Anschutz was prepared to acquire a majority stake in an NFL team that would play at the proposed venue and that the company was willing to pay for a team to get out of its current lease.

    Read more: LA stadium planner holds talks with 5 NFL teams - NFL - SI.com



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    Re: LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    Here's the response from Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley, when questioned on the news.

    Vikings remain focused on stadium in Minnesota | StarTribune.com

    This will actually probably help the Vikings get the stadium deal done. It makes the prospect of losing the team that much more real. I don't think any of the politicians up there want to be saddled with the label that they were the ones who "lost the Vikings."


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    Re: LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    LA sports people are plain losers. They could not hold onto the teams they had in a megacomplex. What says they will not throw more bad bank money after the pursuit of building an unneeded stadium?

    USC football, Kobe ball, pro beach volleyball, fishing and Mexican soccer are the major sports. Pro baseball and pro football are afterthoughts.


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    Re: LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    LA sports people are plain losers. They could not hold onto the teams they had in a megacomplex. What says they will not throw more bad bank money after the pursuit of building an unneeded stadium?

    USC football, Kobe ball, pro beach volleyball, fishing and Mexican soccer are the major sports. Pro baseball and pro football are afterthoughts.

    It's the 2nd largest TV market in the country.

    Regardless of how many times it has failed in the past, that is the reason why people will keep trying it. If someone ever does make it work, they'll be sitting on a gold mine.


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    Re: LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    From everything I hear, LA is having serious money issues as it is. If I were a taxpayer, no matter how much I wanted a team, I'd be ****** as hell knowing my taxes are going up so another team could show up in LA then move in 10 years again.

    With everything that goes on in big cities such as LA, NY and Chicago. How much does an NFL team really add to the city scene anyways? Yes, you are bringing in 60,000 + people to a game to spend money, but most people I know avoid that area of Chicago on Game days, if they don't have a ticket. So what is it really adding to the city dollars that weren't there before. I never see taxes going down because someone just built a new stadium.


    It just seems to me that none of these ventures really ever pay off. Lottery and Casinos for education money, Stadiums for urban renewal, etc. In the end, some fat cat, or group of them is getting richer of taxpayer dollars.

    I just feel sorry for the people of LA or Minneapolis, both of whom are going to have to shell out the money so a billionaire can get his way and have his pro football team.


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    Re: LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    It's the 2nd largest TV market in the country.

    Regardless of how many times it has failed in the past, that is the reason why people will keep trying it. If someone ever does make it work, they'll be sitting on a gold mine.
    The most overrated argument there is. Why? If it was so important to have a team in LA, they would have gotten one of the last two expansion teams. Instead, they went to cities that care about football more - Cleveland and Houston. The NFL hasn't been in LA for nearly two decades, and it's done just fine. And by all accounts nobody there really misses it, either. Yeah, it's the second biggest media market - but it was also the second largest media market when it lost TWO teams in one off-season. It's one thing to lose one team, like both Houston and Cleveland did. But LA lost TWO teams. In the same offseason. If a city can't hold onto at least one of those two teams then I don't see the priority of putting yet another team in that city.


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    Re: LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    LA sports people are plain losers. They could not hold onto the teams they had in a megacomplex. What says they will not throw more bad bank money after the pursuit of building an unneeded stadium?

    USC football, Kobe ball, pro beach volleyball, fishing and Mexican soccer are the major sports. Pro baseball and pro football are afterthoughts.
    Fishing is a major sport in LA? I'd be shocked if more than 5 people in LA know what a tackle box is.



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    Re: LA Stadium Planner Talks with 5 Teams

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    The most overrated argument there is. Why? If it was so important to have a team in LA, they would have gotten one of the last two expansion teams. Instead, they went to cities that care about football more - Cleveland and Houston. The NFL hasn't been in LA for nearly two decades, and it's done just fine. And by all accounts nobody there really misses it, either. Yeah, it's the second biggest media market - but it was also the second largest media market when it lost TWO teams in one off-season. It's one thing to lose one team, like both Houston and Cleveland did. But LA lost TWO teams. In the same offseason. If a city can't hold onto at least one of those two teams then I don't see the priority of putting yet another team in that city.
    After watching what's happened this off-season, what would make you think that the NFL is a league that is in any way satisfied with doing "just fine?" They are always looking for more.

    And anyway, my point is not that an LA team is needed or that an LA team is guaranteed to work. I'm merely stating the reason why people will keep trying to make it happen. That media market is incredibly tempting. That's why they've got investors lined up to make it happen.


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