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Dodgers sandbagging interest in NFL stadium?

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09:51 AM ET 03.24 | Sometimes people really mean what they say, sometimes it's a flat-out lie, and sometimes it's just very carefully worded to avoid providing a definitive answer. The latter is normally the domain of politicians and lawyers, but big-business types love to swim in these waters too. So Dodgers minority owner Magic Johnson was at Camelback Ranch on Friday to talk to the team and the media, and one of the things he said to the Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore was there had been no discussions between the team's ownership group and the NFL over a potential football stadium at Chavez Ravine. "Have we explored that? No." Johnson said. Let's pause here . . . disregarding for a moment that Daniel Kaplan at the Sports Business Journal reported weeks ago that the NFL has had direct talks with Guggenheim Baseball Group about interest in the Dodger Stadium parking lots, which was well before Philip Anschutz took AEG off the market and sent its downtown site into limbo, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell then came flat-out called Dodger Stadium a viable site. Disregarding all that, why wouldn't you explore an NFL stadium on your 300-plus-acre site? Wouldn't that simply be good business? Wouldn't they be lax as owners if they did not at least explore it? Johnson said the first thing the NFL wants to do is resolve the downtown site, but I'm leery of that too. One constant in this ridiculous NFL dance over its return to Los Angeles has been the league's desire to keep as many potential sites in play as possible.

Los Angeles Times

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March 24, 2013  10:08 AM ET

who cares

March 24, 2013  10:26 AM ET

This article sets the record for the longest article to say nothing using the most obtuse language.

March 24, 2013  10:26 AM ET

The NFL has to float some headlines about building in LA somehow. How else can they get the taxpayers in Jacksonville, Atlanta, Miami, et al., to build bigger/fancier stadiums if that leverage isn't there?

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March 24, 2013  10:42 AM ET

The Mexican Drug Cartels that control the parking lots at Chavez Ravine don't want an American Football stadium they want a Soccer stadium. The NFL is dead in southern California.

March 24, 2013  10:45 AM ET

LA wants to host the 2024 Olympics, does Magic Johnson and his anonymous Dodger Cartel want to also control the construction of the Olympics ?

I say the Olympics of 2024 should be in the Bay Area.

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March 24, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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The NFL is a two-time loser in LA. The league is doing just fine. Let the rumors of a team moving to LA die...

How do you figure it's a two-time loser?

March 24, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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How do you figure it's a two-time loser?

I would guess because the Rams and Raiders both left LA.

March 24, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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I would guess because the Rams and Raiders both left LA.

If you're just going to base it on the teams that left Los Angeles - which betrays a fundamental ignorance of why they left (hint: it's the same reason why teams left Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston, St. Louis, Oakland, etc) - then he should have said three. The Chargers left, too.

March 24, 2013  12:24 PM ET

The Dodgers are historically a great franchise who should look into building a new stadium.

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March 24, 2013  12:36 PM ET
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So they are a three time loser.

I guess you could say that if you're inclined to make statements without any knowledge.

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March 24, 2013  12:39 PM ET
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The Dodgers are historically a great franchise who should look into building a new stadium.

They just pumped $100 Million dollars into a renovation project. They're not going anywhere.

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March 24, 2013  12:43 PM ET
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Exactly. People act like football can't succeed in LA. It can and will.

Most people say it because they're:

A.) Ignorant of the reasons why the teams left;
B.) Ignorant of the success franchises have had in Los Angeles until their owners decided they wanted new publicly-funded stadiums;
C.) Pre-disposed to dislike Los Angeles;
D.) Mouth-breathing morons who just like to hear themselves talk; or
E.) All of the above

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