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?