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May 23, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Even as NFL owners convened Monday to mull a return to the greater Los Angeles area, at the Coliseum or in Anaheim, USC President Steven B. Sample raised concerns that the university could be left "totally vulnerable" should the league return to the Coliseum without a deal also being reached for USC to keep playing there.
May 20, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Without dissent, or even comment, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved plans to remodel the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a bid to lure an NFL team. The vote was 12-0. The council's action sets the stage for NFL owners, at a meeting Tuesday in Denver, to consider whether to move forward with the Coliseum, with Anaheim -- or perhaps with both. The Southland has been without an NFL team since the end of the 1994 season, when the Rams moved to St.
November 11, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The NFL, in hopes of an eventual return to the Los Angeles market, has agreed in principle to lease terms with the Coliseum and is working toward a similar understanding with Anaheim. In a news conference Thursday on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said "very significant progress" has been made during the last year in bringing a team back to the nation's No. 2 market.
November 10, 2005 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
After meeting Wednesday with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the league is working toward finalizing a deal at the Los Angeles Coliseum and hopes to have it done by the Super Bowl in February. "We are talking of having a fourth [NFL team] at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, maybe the fifth in Anaheim," Schwarzenegger said in a telephone interview, referring to the NFL teams in California now, in San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland.
September 15, 2005 | Marc Lifsher and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
City and state officials agreed to work together Wednesday to eliminate a roadblock that could stall the latest effort to return an NFL franchise to the Coliseum. At issue is a City of Los Angeles ordinance that must pass muster with a state development agency before low-cost public financing can be used to help pay for needed infrastructure improvements should the NFL decide to build a $500 million, state-of-the-art football stadium inside the existing walls of the Coliseum.
September 7, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Responding to a suggestion by a Los Angeles County supervisor that the Coliseum be made available to the displaced New Orleans Saints, the NFL reiterated Tuesday that L.A. was not a viable option in this case. Earlier in the day, during a Board of Supervisors meeting, Mike Antonovich said allowing the Saints to use the Coliseum would "provide needed continuity and ... help the city of New Orleans continue its recovery." "It's the home to the University of Southern California -- the No.
July 19, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
After a breakthrough negotiation session last week in New York, the Coliseum and NFL appear to be on the verge of completing a term sheet, the framework of a potential deal. "We have made significant progress in the last few weeks," said Neil Glat, NFL vice president for strategic planning. "We have really focused on the key open issues, and hopefully we're close to an agreement."
June 2, 2004 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The momentum to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994 gained a powerful endorsement Tuesday when L.A. Mayor James Hahn formally backed the Coliseum as the logical home venue for a team. Hahn, who two years ago backed the concept of a new stadium to be built in South Park, for the first time threw his support behind the Coliseum. "The Coliseum certainly is in a great position at this point, having completed their environmental documents," Hahn said.
May 8, 2004 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Preliminary talks are underway between NFL and Los Angeles Coliseum officials that could lead to the return of pro football in a new stadium at the historic Exposition Park site, a league spokesman confirmed Friday. A source familiar with the discussions, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the talks could ultimately produce a "term sheet" -- essentially the framework of a stadium plan that would be acceptable to both the league and Coliseum officials.
May 18, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
From the city core to the distant suburbs, the hulking concrete-and-steel structure of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an immense jewel box of shared recollections -- touchdowns, home runs, presidential speeches and two Olympics. It's the place where Jesse Owens came to run, Jack Dempsey to fight, Sonja Henie to skate, Nelson Mandela and JFK to speak, Sandy Koufax to pitch, Pope John Paul II to preach and the Rolling Stones to rock.
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