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Momentum stalling on NFL in Los Angeles


08:03 AM ET 10.07 | Were all the glossy renderings of an L.A. stadium much ado about nothing? Despite significant political momentum throughout California for a downtown Los Angeles stadium that would house an NFL team, the league had a recent message for people involved with the project: Right now, no thanks. During a Sept. 6 meeting at the NFL offices in New York, commissioner Roger Goodell told Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry and political aide Bernard Parks, Jr. that neither the league nor any team interested in moving there would agree to the business proposal set forth by Anschutz Entertainment Group, according to three sources with knowledge of the conversation.

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October 7, 2011  08:05 AM ET

Just say no, Bro.

October 7, 2011  08:07 AM ET

Who the F cares about the NFL in LA? I'm tired of these threads.

October 7, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Nobody in LA wants to build a stadium without a team. And the other NFL owners won't move without one in place (re: see how Al Davis was burned by the lure of a future stadium in 1980). Besides, the other owners are more interested in using the threat of a future LA stadium as a bargaining chip for a sweetheart deal for new stadiums elsewhere.

October 7, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Guess that means Chargers, Vikes and Jags are staying put.

October 7, 2011  08:15 AM ET

The state is BANKRUPT. There's nothing getting off the ground out there.

October 7, 2011  08:19 AM ET

Well, by the look of this picture, they're obviously caught in the 70s. No wonder.

October 7, 2011  08:19 AM ET

Look at the picture of this dude, he even looks shady. Why in the heck does the NFL think they NEED LA. Forget Cali!!!

October 7, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Look at the picture of this dude, he even looks shady.

Used car salesman.

October 7, 2011  08:22 AM ET

No way in hell the NFL comes back to LA under the AEG terms.

No way AT ALL!!!

October 7, 2011  08:29 AM ET

With Pete Carroll and Co. gone from U$C they might really start to miss having a pro football team in LA. Give it time.

October 7, 2011  08:31 AM ET

"OK, LA, you can have the Vikings."
"No thanks."
"How about the Jags then?"
"No thanks."
"We have too much crime here already."
"Chargers, then."
"Hmmmm - when was the last time they won the Superbowl?"
"Have you considered Major League Soccer?"

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October 7, 2011  08:43 AM ET

There goes Zigi's leverage

October 7, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Put a coupla gold chains on him and he could be an extra in Donnie Brasco.

October 7, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Wonder what they didn't like about the proposal? Anybody know since SI left us in the dark

October 7, 2011  08:53 AM ET

There will be a team. Patience, we have waited this long.

October 7, 2011  08:56 AM ET

Wonder what they didn't like about the proposal? Anybody know since SI left us in the dark

My guess would be that they tried to tap into that "stadium upgrade" money that was set aside in the new CBA. The current owners want that to upgrade their own stadiums without dipping into their own wallets. Why should they give it to someone else?

The owners don't want a new owner coming into the league with his hand out.

October 7, 2011  09:07 AM ET

There will be a team. Patience, we have waited this long.

Yeah the Vikings will become the Vaqueros

October 7, 2011  09:24 AM ET

caption - baby..I've got this Pinto in the back lot..come see!

October 7, 2011  09:25 AM ET

If they think there's no interest in an L.A. team now, just wait until a team actually moves there.


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