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Roski won't back competing L.A. project

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07:59 AM ET 02.07 | While AEG is landing the recent headlines, there is another dog in the fight for NFL football in Los Angeles. Even though his competition in downtown Los Angeles has landed a record-setting deal for naming rights -- and the quiet favor of many NFL owners and executives -- real estate magnate Ed Roski is far from losing hope on his stadium concept in City of Industry. Roski still thinks his plan is the best option to bring the NFL back to the L.A. area, and says he has no intention of ever throwing his weight behind the competing project, proposed for a site next to Staples Center. "No way," he said over breakfast in Dallas, where Sunday he attended the Super Bowl in neighboring Arlington. "Because I don't believe in it."

Los Angeles Times

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February 7, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Hey Ed...a lot of people in L.A. don't believe in supporting a football team.

February 7, 2011  08:27 AM ET

That "City of Industry "concept" ship is long, long gone.

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February 7, 2011  08:48 AM ET

There is plenty of data supporting the fact that football just does not do well in LA. Still, there's still going to be a billionaire somewhere who wants to try it again. I suppose LA could be a nice stopover for the Vikings on their way to Toronto.

February 7, 2011  08:57 AM ET

L.A. has never been able to hang on too or more importantly support a football franchise. Why are they beating this dead horse!

February 7, 2011  09:09 AM ET

He doesn't believe in it. That puts him in the majority.

February 7, 2011  09:33 AM ET

I still think that A team in LA works.



Two does not.

February 7, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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I still think that A team in LA works. Two does not.

A Team was cancelled after only two or three seasons and Clubber Lange was born shortly thereafter wasn't he? George Peppard's career died with it.

February 7, 2011  11:20 AM ET
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A Team was cancelled after only two or three seasons and Clubber Lange was born shortly thereafter wasn't he? George Peppard's career died with it.

3 seasons. I knew someone that did some writing for that show.

February 7, 2011  12:18 PM ET

See that? That's the problem right there. Reruns of The A Team are more interesting than the prospect of an NFL team in Los Angeles.

February 7, 2011  12:58 PM ET

Anyone ever been to the City of Industry. What a hole. I wouldn't be wanting to take my kids to any games there.

February 7, 2011  01:47 PM ET
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Anyone ever been to the City of Industry. What a hole. I wouldn't be wanting to take my kids to any games there.

Many years ago, so it seems it's still the cesspool it was back in the 80's. Nice!

February 7, 2011  03:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

A Team was cancelled after only two or three seasons and Clubber Lange was born shortly thereafter wasn't he? George Peppard's career died with it.

And I pity the fool who thinks the NFL will work in LA!!

February 7, 2011  05:16 PM ET
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Many years ago, so it seems it's still the cesspool it was back in the 80's. Nice!

It's mostly industrial area (hence the name.). I'd rather drive downtown near Staples than to the C of I. Sorry Ed....AEG's deal is much better all around......

February 7, 2011  05:19 PM ET
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And I pity the fool who thinks the NFL will work in LA!!

Being a CLE fan...you must be used to the pity. That (AEG) stadium gets built...it'll be a killer facility and location to go. They've already built 2 new hotels there along with other places of interest and the Lakers/Clippers. Across the street is the Nokia theatre for concerts not suitable for Staples. That few square mile area is rockin. It's a true 'if you build it, they will come' deal. Bank on it.

February 7, 2011  09:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Being a CLE fan...you must be used to the pity. That (AEG) stadium gets built...it'll be a killer facility and location to go. They've already built 2 new hotels there along with other places of interest and the Lakers/Clippers. Across the street is the Nokia theatre for concerts not suitable for Staples. That few square mile area is rockin. It's a true 'if you build it, they will come' deal. Bank on it.

I disagree. What else is there around Cleveland? Not a whole lot, especially in comparison to the LA. The SoCal area has so many activities that compete for people's money and time. That's why the area wasn't willing to spend big money on the Rams or Raiders. I really don't think that building a fancy stadium will all of sudden create a bunch of sports fans.

February 7, 2011  11:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He doesn't believe in it. That puts him in the majority.

Putting a stadium beside Staple Center is crazy, and Ignorant. Did you ever try to drive to Downtown LA on laker Game day. It is crazy. The people who support a football stadium beside Staple Center I need to put them on my Lap and Spank them.

February 8, 2011  02:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Many years ago, so it seems it's still the cesspool it was back in the 80's. Nice

Please last I checked Los Angeles has won a super bowl.... and drew record crowds when hosting the superbowl... it wasnt the fans the rams and raiders wanted stadiums... check facts tex heat If anything city of industry is way safer than towns in dirty texas those close to the border..

February 8, 2011  03:31 PM ET
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I disagree. What else is there around Cleveland? Not a whole lot, especially in comparison to the LA. The SoCal area has so many activities that compete for people's money and time. That's why the area wasn't willing to spend big money on the Rams or Raiders. I really don't think that building a fancy stadium will all of sudden create a bunch of sports fans.

The sports fans are here. (See Dodgers consistent 3+mil attendance, Lakers sell outs, etc.). A state of the Art facility that is well thought out with regards to parking/access will bring the fans in.

 
February 8, 2011  03:37 PM ET
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Putting a stadium beside Staple Center is crazy, and Ignorant. Did you ever try to drive to Downtown LA on laker Game day. It is crazy. The people who support a football stadium beside Staple Center I need to put them on my Lap and Spank them.

Think about what you are saying. LA is known for traffic during the week. NFL games generally take place during Sundays with the occassional MNF game. I'm pretty sure that this is a consideration in the planning. With games on Sundays, it won't be near the volume of cars it is during a work day. The area is already set up for traffic/parking with the LA Convention center there as wel. Your comment is ignorant.

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